Every day, you have a choice to make. You can choose to let the circumstances surrounding your day determine how you are going to react. Or you can choose to let your attitude outshine your circumstances.

My daughter’s senior prom was this past Saturday. An absolutely beautiful day that all mothers and daughters look forward to for years! But let me tell you about how my daughter’s Friday went….

She was supposed to be at work by 5:00 AM that morning. At 5:30 AM she got a phone call from a co-worker asking if she was scheduled to work that morning (she has never been late in the entire six years she’s been there…ever!). In less than 10 minutes she was up and out the door. Needless to say, it was a t-shirt, yoga pants, messy hair, no make-up kinda day. Arriving safely at work, she proceeded to break two of the airpots (yes, she is a barista), burned herself when she spilled hot coffee (which she tells me she does on a daily basis), and worked through her entire shift dealing with a server issue with the credit card machine. It was one of the busiest days they’ve had, she was swamped with orders both inside and in drive thru. Almost had to leave at the end of her shift without part of her tips, but the machine started working just as she was walking out the door so she was able to leave with money in her pockets.

But her day was not over yet! She had to be at the school by 1:30 for the start of her school day. Realizing she forgot to pick up cheese for a class party, she stopped to pick some up and rush into school. At the class party she went to open a 2 liter of pop, which someone had apparently shook up, as it exploded all over my daughter and the cookies sitting on a nearby table. She was hoping to drink the pop, not wear it! Then, at 3:05 when school was over, she had to hurry home to me so that we could rush through end of day traffic to make the 35 minute drive to pick up her prom dress.

After all of this, she was a little apprehensive about picking up her prom dress. She did not want anything to go wrong with this dress! But go we did, go we had to…prom was tomorrow! So on the way she was telling me about everything that had happened to her that day….with a twinkle in her eye, a smile in her voice, and barely holding back her laughter. Looking at my daughter, you couldn’t tell she had just had what some would consider the day from hell.

The next words she spoke are forever etched on my heart. “I can whine and complain and let all of this stuff bring me down. Or I can choose to laugh at it and not let it take me down.” Everyone else around her was choosing to be brought down by the circumstances of their day by whining and complaining. My daughter, she laughed and shouted, “Not today, Satan!” I just love this young lady that God has blessed me with. To watch over, to love on, and to learn from.

So, which direction is your attitude leading you to today? It’s your choice.

Do not allow this world to mold you in its own image. Instead, be transformed from the inside out by renewing your mind. As a result, you will be able to discern what God wills and whatever God finds good, pleasing, and complete. -Romans 12:2



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