Are You Living a Blessed Life?

A man went into a restaurant and said, “Do you serve crabs here?”
And the waiter said, “Why, yes sir, we serve anybody here.”

Have you noticed some people have an incredible ability to go with the flow, without ever really being flustered by life’s up’s and down’s? Have you noticed, on the other hand, how some people get bent out of shape over every little difficulty encountered?

Indeed, some people see an opportunity in every problem, while others see a problem in every opportunity. Zig Ziglar says that a sour disposition is the greatest malady on the face of the earth. In which category do you see yourself? Paul’s words to the Christians at Philippi make it clear that God is concerned that we have a proper attitude.

Although the context relates specifically to a servant heart, he stated, “Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 2:5) Additionally, we are told that the living, active word of God, among other things, judges the “thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12)

May we all strive to have the attitude of Christ in the way that we relate and respond to the people and events in our lives. This is the life God blesses!

© Bill Williams
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14 Responses to Are You Living a Blessed Life?

  1. Greg England says:

    My wife has always been one of those who was able to go with the flow and find a reason to smile, regardless of the situation or circumstances. I’m trying to get to that place in my walk of faith.

  2. Maria Toth says:

    Thanks for that.
    God BLESS you and your life!
    Maria in the UK
    http://www.inhishands.co.uk

  3. Cecil Walker says:

    Have I ever noticed. It still amazes me how some folks can go with the flow and others seem to fly off the handle at a moment’s notice. It really bothers me!!!!!

    Just kidding, a little blog humor.
    Good post Brother.

  4. frank says:

    Bill,
    Just came across your blog. Yes indeed, an area that I sometimes stuggle with. Thanks for a reminder I need to hear.

    9/11 – Yes, very close to my heart. I was serving in a church right outsie NYC when that day happened. It is also my daughters birthday (she was not born on that 9/11). Many friends affected by that day.

    I’ll be reading. Thanks.

  5. Dee Andrews says:

    I feel like my life is very blessed and I try to have that attitude in all things. That was one of the things I most admired about Tom when I first met him was how calm and “centered” he always seemed to be no matter what. Through the years he’s stayed the same and has helped me be a better person that way than I was before I had him in my life.

    That is a great quality to have. Thanks for the encouraging notes about it.

  6. Maggie says:

    Dee, I am with you. I knew with my creative bent, I am prone to emotional-ity. I needed a stable & steady man. Best thing to pray for in a man, or for you and your spouse to grow in. I was reading the Galations 5 passage on the fruit of the spirit in the Amplified today…yup. “Steady” is in there!

    On the other hand, yesterday I was reading how Jesus, on the night of his arrest, prayed with agony…and how God send ministering angels to “stengthen him”. That blew me over!!!

    I figure if Jesus, God in the flesh, needed prayer,in addition to the strengthening and encouragement from angels to stay calm, cool, and collected…how much more do I need that?

    So…in recent days, I am not at all above asking God to encourage and strengthen me! AT MY BEST…I STILL JUST CAN’T CUT IT! And Jesus, in his humanity, needed the same help. We need God to stay “unflappable”! It’s our human nature to get bent out of shape! I’m glad to hear that!

    Such great thoughts.

  7. Neva Cooper says:

    Bill,
    Loved the post. My mother instilled in me the concept that this life is but a breath and if we can work at being calm, courageous and content for that breath, we will spend eternity without chaos, fear or unhappiness. Attitude is what makes it possible. An attitude rooted in eternity was what made Paul call the list of his life struggles, II Corinthians 11:23ff, “light and momentary troubles” II Corinthians 4:17. We have the same power to mold and adapt our attitudes. Amazing!!
    Thank you for your encouragement.

    In Him
    Neva

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  9. Bill, Thanks for your encouragement and your prayers.

    No problem, my friend. You remain in my prayers! -bill

  10. Kathy says:

    It’s doubtful we can avoid turmoil either in life or mind, however, we can avoid allowing that turmoil to take up permanent residence in heart and spirit – Jesus in the Garden and later on the Cross are perfect examples for us to attempt following.

    If heart and spirit are at peace in God, that peace will ultimately overpower any negatives in mind and body. Praise Him!!

    Great thoughts, Bill. Now why doesn’t that surprise me?? 🙂

    Excellent point, Kathy. In fact, you could probably develop several posts out of these few sentences. You really do bring a blessing to the Spiritual Oasis each time you stop by. Thank you so very much! -bill

  11. I love the “we serve crabs” line.

    My husband and I both have the “go with the flow” attitude. It’s a good thing with so many kids. We just hold on tight and see what happens next… Never a dull moment with five kids!

    Thanks for stopping by, Paula. I hope you are enjoying the ride today! -bill

  12. Keith Davis says:

    Bill, I have been really struggling with this one lately. I invite you to my blog (if you haven’t been there lately) to see a portion of that struggle.

    You are so right. I need more and more to have the mind of Jesus in all of our pain right now. It is so difficult sometimes, but I am learning. God is good all the time–even in the midst of suffering.

    Thank you for the invitation, Keith. I posted a comment to your blog, but I think it got snagged by the comment police. My prayers are with you and your family. -bill

  13. diana says:

    Loved this post, bro. Thanks for your prayers and encouragement. I love the idea of having the heart of Jesus Christ soooo much. He is so awesome to give freely to all who ask and seek. So so awesome.

    Diana

  14. faithwalk says:

    Thanks for the smile! I loved the opening line.

    May we all have Jesus heart, at all times towards all people.

    Bless you,
    Susan

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