Our Outlook on Life

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A few years ago, a lady committed suicide, leaving behind this note. “I decided that unless life was worth living, I would just quit living.”

How do you feel about your life? Is it worthwhile? Or let’s change the question. What would it take for you to feel that your life is worthwhile? What would have to happen to make you feel positive about your life?

If you inherited a bunch of money, would that do it? If your marriage suddenly was all patched up, would that do it? If your kids began to make you proud, or if you got a promotion, would that do it? What would it take for you to feel positive about your life? Now if that’s the way you’re thinking then you’ll probably never feel positive about life because all the little pieces that must come together to make you positive about life will probably never be there.

I am reminded that things, circumstances, and people don’t make us happy or even positive about life. Notice the Apostle Paul’s attitude in Philippians 4:11-13, “Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”

Paul had a positive attitude despite what life threw at him. Someone has said, “Life is 10 percent what happens to us and 90 percent how we respond to it.” Let’s make it our goal to look at the circumstances of life with a positive attitude.

Mark T. Tonkery
Norval Park church of Christ
Zanesville, OH

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