Devotional for Tuesday February 20th

Good Morning Everyone,


Our theme for this month: “Graciousness”


Our Bible verse for today: “You reveal the path of life to me; in your presence is abundant joy; at your right hand are eternal pleasures.” Psalm 16:11 (CSB)


Our thought for today: “Your circumstances should not determine your attitude.”


People often make the mistake of thinking they would be happier, nicer, more content, not as grumpy, and they would have more joy, etc, if their circumstances were different. If their spouse was nicer, if they had a better job, if their co-workers were more competent, if they lived somewhere else … if, if, if, then life would be better.


But generally that’s not true. There is no perfect spouse. There are no faultless co-workers, no stress-free jobs, and no ideal places to live. There’s something wrong with everything and every one. A joyful and gracious countenance has nothing to do with your occupation, your education, your income level, your geography, or your spouse. A winsome personality doesn’t happen because everything in your life is perfect. Instead it’s a matter of who you are as a person and the condition of your relationship with God.


If you are consistently unhappy, and if you find yourself struggling with relationships at home, on the job, and elsewhere in life, there’s a pretty good chance the problem isn’t external it’s internal. The problem isn’t them it’s you. You are the common denominator in all of that.


You’ve probably heard it said, “Wherever you go, there you are.” In other words, “You take yourself with you wherever you go.” So if you are unhappy in one setting, and then in another, and in still another, there’s a pretty good chance that will continue to be true even if the setting changes again – and it will be because you took yourself with you everywhere you went.


The answer to that dilemma is touched on by the Psalmist in Psalm 16:11, “in the presence of the Lord there is joy.” In other words, if your relationship with the Lord is strong and well-developed it will produce a deep sense of joy in you. That then is what you will carry with you wherever you go. And that joy of the Lord will be the factor that determines your demeanor, not whatever the circumstances happen to be at any given moment and in any given place.


It’s easy to believe that if we can improve the circumstances of our lives then we’ll be truly happy. So if we lose weight, meet the right person, get a better job, or whatever, then everything will be better. But the truth is that the best thing any of us can do is to develop that deep and abiding joy-producing relationship with the Lord. That then will be the condition of your heart and that will determine your attitude. And your attitude will then impact and influence your circumstances, rather than the other way around.


God Bless,

Pastor Jim

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