One Simple Way To Cope With Challenges

Dark Clouds. Siloutte

Garland Chapman, who was the principal at Robert E. Lee High School in Midland, Texas, in the 1970’s, relates an interesting experience during his days as a grade school principal.

A little second-grade boy started out the morning by falling from the school bus and hitting his head on the concrete – requiring three stitches to close the gash!

Recess proved a little unfortunate as he and another boy ran together. Result: two of his teeth were loosened and a lip was busted. During the afternoon he fell and broke an arm.

Mr. Chapman decided to take the boy home immediately before anything else could happen. They were riding together on the country road toward the boy’s home when the principal noticed the little boy clutching something in his hand.

“What do you have?” the principal asked. “A quarter,”answered the boy.

“Where did you get it?” Mr. Chapman asked.

“I found it on the playground today,” explained the little boy.

Then he smiled and with an excited voice exclaimed, “You know Mr. Chapman, I’ve never found a quarter before. This is my LUCKY DAY!”

We all experience bumps, bruises and troubles in life. But our success, failure or mediocrity is largely dependent on one thing: our attitude.

Your happiness or unhappiness has to do with your attitude. Your ability to cope with problems, challenges and set backs will be in direct proportion to the attitude you have toward those challenges. I know these are strong statements, but I believe they are true.

The joy of each day is dependent not on how what happens to us, , but what happens within us. Not how the day looks at us, but how we look at the day.

Some people miss seeing the roses behind a broken fence. Every day has its problems but faith can turn them into blessings. Each beautiful butterfly looks rather uneventful at its beginning, but what a change the day makes.

One writer put it very simply when he wrote, “Attitude is everything.” It is true in the home. The workplace. The church family. The neighborhood. In all of our relationships. Attitude determines how we look at past challenges, how we feel about the present circumstances, and how we view the destiny of the future.

Consider these quotes about the importance of having the right attitude in spite of life’s problems.

Attitude is our mental and emotional response to the circumstances of life.” —Robert Jeffress

“The greatest discovery of my generation is that man can alter his life simply by altering his attitude of mind” —William James

“Life is like baseball; it’s 95% mental and the other half is physical.” —Yogi Berra

“Things turn out the best for the people who make the best out of the way things turn out” —Art Linkletter

You are today where your thoughts have brought you; you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you.” —James A. Allen

“It does not matter what happens to us, but our reaction to what happens to us is of vital importance.” —Fred Mitchell

“It may not be your fault for being down, but its got to be your fault for not getting up.” —Steve Davis

“Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal, nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude” —W.W. Ziege

“You are only an attitude away from success” John Maxwell

Everyone has their share of troubles and trials. But there is one simple way to turn your burdens into blessings. Change your attitude!

“Put off… the old man and…Be made new in the attitude of your minds”  (Eph. 4:22-23)

–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman


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7 responses to “One Simple Way To Cope With Challenges

  1. tommythornhill

    I like to read about positive attitudes. So many see life from the wrong end of the telescope. Like the black dot in a piece of paper. The dot is all some people see, they can’t see the paper.

  2. Dear Ken,

    On the topic of “attitude”, I’d like for you to think and pray about the story of Paul, Timothy, and circumcision and write a blog post about this. Is there an important lesson that we should think about today, especially in the context of an Individual’s “Religious Rights”?

    2,000 years ago, Culture Wars were just as bad as today. Especially after the Council of Jerusalem, Paul could have drawn a very clear line in the sand with Timothy — not requiring that he be circumcised and taking him on mission work. In Biblical Theology/Ideology, Paul would have been “Right”.

    Was Paul a hypocrite? Saying one thing and then doing another? Was Paul “encouraging” the continuance of this practice as an incorrect (and sinful teaching) condition to Salvation? (where Paul was clearly told ~10 years after the Jerusalem Council that not much had changed).

    What about Timothy’s “Religious Rights”? — especially in context that 2K years ago there were no anesthesia, pain killers, or antibiotics. OUCH!

    Nope — neither Paul nor Timothy made a mistake. They both knew that a “Bigger Picture” was involved, something much, much greater than one’s individual Religious Theology/Ideology Rights — Bringing the Good News to the Unsaved.

    And to do this, you have to interact with the Unsaved.

  3. I love the quotes.. and that story is precious, a perfect example. It is true that attitude is very important. God bless you!

  4. kel

    you forgot Abraham Lincoln: “Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be” 🙂

  5. Paulette

    Great quotes. I occasionally like to publish inspirational quotes or positive quotes on fb as a reminder to myself and everyone else that life can be good.

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