Today’s Scripture: The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded spirit who can bear? Proverbs 18:14

There is a woman in my church whom I adore. Her name is Mary Smith, and she has the most wonderful attitude of anyone I know. No matter what is going on in her life, she is joyful and smiling because she is thankful that God has given her another day. She is so happy to be able to serve God with everything she has. She is such a blessing, and every time I talk to her, I am encouraged no matter what I am going through.

It is through people like Mary that we can see how much someone’s attitude matters. Even in the midst of pain, hardships, and trials, if our focus is right, we can press on with joy. When we realize that every moment we have is a gift from God and that we have the opportunity to live for Him, we can endure the suffering with an attitude that brings glory and honor to our Heavenly Father.

But what happens when we start focusing on the problems instead of on our Savior? We all have disappointments and trials, but if we allow ourselves to dwell on them, we will be crushed under the weight of them. When we look at the world without the hope of our Savior, we realize that the problems we face are too difficult for us. With no hope, we fall deeper and deeper into this pit of despair.

Someone may have hurt you, a family member may have died suddenly, or your young child may have been diagnosed with a life-threatening disease. Don’t allow yourself to get a wounded spirit-it is too dangerous.

When you are down, think about all the blessings God has given. Encourage yourself in the LORD because the joy of the Lord is your strength. Through Him, you can find the strength to face your trials.

You can falter under the weight of the problems you are facing, or you can press on with joy because of all God has done for you. The attitude you choose to have makes all the difference.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder