Sometimes I have to start my day by just asking God to help me have the right attitude. It does not always come easy for me and I don’t want to make any more enemies than I do have.
I don’t want to lose friends but most importantly, I don’t want to let the God whom I serve down. I am supposed to be his representative.
I may not like the plans I have to do today.
I may not like where I have to go.
I may not like the people I will be surrounded by.
I may not like the message I will be forced to listen to.
I don’t know how to dress for this.
I’m not sure what to bring.
I’m not happy about the length of time I will have to spend there.
I’d rather crawl in a hole and can now only imagine how lonesome in this crowd I will be.
I’ve been in this situation before.
Today must not be about me.
I have to think of others more than myself.
Today is in honor of someone else, not me.
The accolades will be for them and what they have done.
Their life will be illuminated as mine grows dim.
I must think of their loved ones left behind.
I must listen well and speak little even though I am always tempted to interject my thoughts into their conversations.
It is better to be quiet, than to speak loudly and have nothing important to say, or even to be heard. I don’t like to make a point even if it corrects their foolish notions, and gets no reaction. I want to become invisible then. This is an embarrassing moment worse than being accused of something.
I know I will sit and compare myself to others at this gathering which is a dangerous place to be. Keep me Lord from my critical spirit. Help me to not judge others but love them as you do.
I pray, and ask God to keep my mouth quiet and only put his words in my mouth if I speak at all. Words that lift others up and encourage them. Help me bring comfort to them. Thank you, God, for loving me.
Thank you, God, for choosing me.
Just as I am, flawed and imperfect, yet you love me.
You died for the good and the bad. You suffered for the ugly and the beautiful people. You are all I need. Help me to honor you today by what others can see of me.
Give me the right attitude and change my heart even before I come before the assembly. Make your light shine upon me today and always.
“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.”