Friday the 13th is considered by some to be the unluckiest day of the year. Psychologists have even come up with a word for fear of Friday the 13th– paraskavedekatriaphobia. Movies and books have capitalized on this fear.
Some “historians” claim Friday was the day Eve ate the forbidden fruit. The day the flood began. And the day the builders began the tower of Babel. Of course, there is absolutely no Biblical basis for those assertions.
But there have been some bad things happen on Friday the 13th.
●In 1976, New Yorker Daz Baxter was apparently so afraid of Friday the 13th he decided the safest place to stay was his bed. Mr Baxter was killed when the floor of his apartment block collapsed that day.
●In 2009, the £13.5 million SAW ride at Thorpe Park had its opening premiere, only to be shut down due to a computer programming fault.
●In 2010, lightning struck a 13-year-old Suffolk boy on Friday 13th at 13:13. Definitely unlucky for him.
We all experience setbacks, adversity and unfortunate challenges in life. On any day. Not just Friday the 13th. 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. Not luck. Or an unlucky day.
The joy of each day is dependent not on 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. And how we regard Friday the 13th.
Consider these quotes about the importance of having the right attitude in spite of life’s problems on any day.
“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
“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
The Bible exhorts us to “develop the attitude of Christ” (Phil. 2:5).
“Put off… the old man and” Paul admonished, and “be made new in the attitude of your minds” (Eph. 4:22-23)
And when it comes to suffering, Peter proclaimed “arm yourselves with the same attitude” as Jesus Christ. (1 Pet 4:1).
Everyone has their share of troubles and trials. But there is one simple way to turn your burdens into blessings. Change your attitude!
Have a great Friday the 13th.
–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman