Pastor Norma's Journal of Wisdom


Attitude as a catalyst in life…

Catalyst: an agent that doesn’t change in itself but affects the speed of change in another agent. A substance that initiates a chemical reaction but enables it to proceed under milder conditions than otherwise possible.

Attitude affects others “big time”. There’s an old proverb – “If Mama ain’t happy ain’t nobody happy.”

To the optimist a positive attitude is inherent within them. The pessimist tends to see the negative side of things. In spite of our inherent tendencies we need to come into balance in our perception of circumstances, issues, and details of life.

Attitude is a choice. I choose to either react or respond to people or circumstances.

Maturity is realizing that I don’t have to allow either people or circumstances to affect my attitude.

Did you ever notice how someone with a bad attitude can evoke a bad attitude in you, or vice versa?

You will go far in life if you can learn to be a catalyst for good and positive attitudes.

We face situations or circumstances every day of our lives that grant us the opportunity to choose how we will respond to them (or react initially). God’s word says, “a soft answer turns away wrath.” And that would be a catalyst for peace and to resolve an issue.

Maturity is realizing there are some things I cannot change no matter what I do or how hard I try; I must commit them to the Lord, Who is fully equipped to handle them for me and change them in His time. If I can change something I need to look at every aspect of it with a positive attitude and take positive steps to bring about the change.

Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from reaching his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.

— W. W. Ziege

Take a stand in life…

We live in very troubled times. Distress is on every side, and there is no reprieve. We must determine how we want to live.

I have learned that bad things happen every day – and they happen to good people and to bad people. That’s life! If I focus only on those things I will constantly have a bad attitude and become cynical.

I have learned that life isn’t fair! But this is the way if I look at it:

I can seek truth and walk in it. I can be fair. I must learn to walk in integrity and uprightness. I must treat others as I would want to be treated. I must learn to stand firm in my convictions and not be swayed by other people’s ideas and attitudes that are contrary to my own convictions. I must decide if I’m going to live morally and honestly – and if I make that choice I need to realize I will be “swimming against the tide”. If I don’t choose to take a stand for what is just and right I will be “sucked” into a path of immorality and deceit and lies and deception. When I stand strong and true to my convictions I will face much opposition – but I will have a profound effect in making my part of the world a better place. My attitude will truly be a catalyst to bring about change in “my little corner of the world”. It will affect everyone around me and will attract others of kindred minds and hearts to you. A team can accomplish more than one person – but it has to start with one person and that one person can be you!

Science may have found a cure for most evils; but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all- the apathy of human beings.

— Helen Keller

An attitude of success…

We’ve probably all heard the children’s story of “The Little Engine That Could”. He faced a very steep incline that looked impossible for his small ability. But he chugged positively and resolutely, though slowly chanting, “I think I can, I think I can, I think I can”. And he made it! One small step at a time.

Success always begins with one small step on its path.

What do you want to do or be? We all want to succeed – but the path to success is full of pitfalls, traps, and hurdles.

If I only look at the final goal, I will be discouraged to think, “I can never get there.” But if I take small steps and set small goals I can choose those options that will help me attain the bigger goal.

Athletes who desire to make the Olympics and “go for the gold” must set small goals in competition and training that will eventually take them to their ultimate goal.

Success is not always “coming in first” – but true success is knowing you’ve prepared, given your best, and given your all.

It is not a disgrace to be somewhere on the ladder besides the top.

Sometimes we can be the catalyst by our attitude and determination to help someone else reach the top. That is real success and a sign of true maturity.

Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you so much as what you bring to life.

— John Homer Miller

Attitudes are contagious…

There is an old saying: “If Mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy.” If we are unhappy we spread sadness and complaining, etc. everywhere we go. Try your best to break the chain of bad attitudes. Don’t let others control you.

There are many things that affect us and can cause us to have a bad attitude. I can choose whether to cop an attitude or lay it aside and press on to the next thing.

A positive attitude is also contagious. The denominator that has helped me most in keeping a positive attitude is my relationship with the Lord. My hope is always in Him – that I can take the adverse in situations and give them to Him to take care of. Some things are just too heavy for me to bear.

One of my favorite mottos is I cannot let other people’s sins cause me to sin.

The world needs those who will be peacemakers and joy givers. It needs people who can bring hope to others.

We need to be cultivating those positive attributes in our lives so we can dispense them to others.

I need to determine what kind of catalyst I want to be; spreading love, joy, and peace… or anger, hatefulness and sadness.

It’s up to me! I have to take responsibility for my own attitudes and not blame others. Don’t let people have that kind of effect on you.

If you are on your best behavior, you will bring out the best in the persons with whom you are going to spend most of your waking hours.

— Beatrice Vincent


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