These words, spoken with love, escaped my mom's lips a few times during my teenage years. They still come to me when I need them most. Like yesterday.
This weekend Keith and I had 24 hours to ourselves, a rare treat in our lives. As we drove home Sunday morning, I felt a case of "the Sundays" creeping in. Do you know the Sundays?
Medical explanation: Little bugs sprout in the head and travel to the stomach, setting off waves of icky feelings throughout the body.
Symptoms: Anxiety, dread, and/or grumpiness. In severe cases, inability to think clearly.
Prescription: Extermination of bugs in head (i.e. a change in attitude).
I did not even want to face the jam-packed week ahead of me. Preparing for work on Monday. Home improvement projects and cleaning to prepare for the realtor's pictures on Tuesday. Other appointments Tuesday and Wednesday. Finishing my portfolio for my work review due 2/22. Grading papers. Work obligations on Saturday. The usual schedule for Henry. Whew. I was tired and grumpy just thinking of it.
And then I remembered. "Only you can change your attitude."
So, this morning, I tweeted: "Looking forward to a busy week with lots of opportunities to see God's grace in action!"
These words came not from a place of I've-got-life-figured-out-and-you-only-wish-you-were-as-cool-as-me. No, they came from a desperate place of, "Lord Jesus, I have to write it and speak it to make it so!"
So, a potentially stressful week turns into a way to see God's grace more clearly. Every time I'm tempted to groan, He'll be there. Every time I stumble, He'll steady me. Every time I want to close my eyes and shut out the world, He'll help me open them. And there's no telling what other ways He might show mercy and love all around me.
But if I was sick with the Sundays, I wouldn't see. My eyes would be looking in rather than out and up.
What about you? Do you sometimes need to change the "u" in attitude?