The King

“Never say there is nothing beautiful in the world anymore. There is always something to make you wonder in the shape of a tree, the trembling of a leaf.” – Albert Schweitzer

Good Morning Family & Friends!

Many people aren’t always aware of the difference between what nourishes us and what simply numbs us.  We stare at a TV screen for hours to forget our stress.  Some of us indulge ourselves with ‘retail therapy;’ while maybe others turn to gossip or other bad habits.  These things aren’t the fresh air that we need–they’re distractions that actually inhibit our ability to simply breath. These may seem like practices that help to us endure, but they are hardly reinvigorating or lifesaving.

So if your life is stressful – step one is knowing what brings you joy rather than pleasure; what gives you strength and nourishes your heart both physically and spiritually.

It might be a brisk walk in the park or a day out on the golf course.

It might be a cup of hot java and a good book in a comfy chair.

It might be listening to a glorious symphony in the company of a good friend.

And most certainly it involves connecting with God, who “formed man from the dust and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life” – Genesis 2:7 

“In the end, nothing we do or say in this lifetime will matter as much as the way we have loved one another.” –Daphne Rose Kingman

Once upon a time, or so the story goes, there was a king who ruled a prosperous country. One day, he went for a trip to some distant areas of his country. When he was back to his palace, he complained that his feet were in total pain; it was the first time that he went for such a long trip and the road that he went through was very rough and stony.  He ordered his people to cover every road of the entire country with leather. Definitely, this would need thousands of cows’ skin, hundreds on man hours to perform and would cost a huge amount of money.

Then one of his wise counselors dared himself to tell the king, “Why do you have to spend that unnecessary amount of money? Why don’t you just cut a little piece of leather to cover your feet?” The king was surprised by his counsel but agreed to his suggestion, and proceeded to make a “shoe” for himself.

There is actually a valuable life lesson in this story: speaks to how we make this world a better, starting with what you do to change you and not just your surroundings.  Clearly it was better for this king to change his attitude, take appropriate action, and thus secure a smoother walk in life.  Attitude is really the key to enjoying our time on earth to the fullest.  Attitude is more important than education, money, circumstances, failures and/or successes; even more than what other people may think, say, or do.  It is more important than appearance, training or skill. It will make or break a company, a church, a home and/or any relationships.

I am convinced that how I manage my life experience is typically predicated on  10% of what happens to me and 90% how I react to it each day… perhaps you find this to be true also with you?!?   The remarkable thing is that we have a choice every morning regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day.  We cannot change our yesterday, but we can elect how we face today; and set up our tomorrows too!   Our best God given gift is the ability to choose.  Start your day by choosing His leading and see an improvement in your attitude right from the start.

Have a GREAT week!

Jose Ponton
Celebration Seventh-Day Adventist Church