Attitude Of Gratitude

“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. Don’t complain. – Maya AngelouBenjamins

In early 2008, our new grandchild continued to fill our family’s days with hours of joy as we soaked up the seemingly endless California sunshine. The approaching springtime beckoned our hearts toward a new beginning once again as we happily watched the days get longer and warmer. Oh, how grateful we were to still be in the land of the living. Most of all, we were so thankful for what God is doing in our lives.

The number seven in the Bible usually implies completion or the finishing of something. It is called the perfect number. The number eight usually signifies the beginning or initiation of something new. It was significant to us that little Channing Carlyle Benjamin, II, would be born at the end of 2007. It signaled for us the end of an era and the beginning of something new. It was like a new lease on life. It was as if we were starting all over again. Grandchildren are such a gift from God because they give you hope in the future and gratitude for the past.

If people take nothing else away from the pages of this book, I sincerely hope they understand how critical it is to think right, which in essence is the attitude of gratitude. The Bible says we can do nothing apart from God, but it always begins with how we think. I cannot thank author James Allen enough for planting deep in my spirit the biblical injunction in Proverbs 23:7 “As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.” I am so grateful for this revelation, and I believe that when one fully understands it, the secret to abundant living becomes apparent.

Everything begins with a thought. Our thoughts are shaped by the influences that surround us from the womb to the tomb. How our parents think, what we learn in school and the influences of the friends and associates that we gather around us are critical in the formation of right and wrong thinking. In a world of competing irrelevancies, Jesus said in John 10:10,“I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”

So then, it has become clear to me that we must base our thinking on the mind of Christ, which is the Word of God. What happens so often is that people want to think right without a standard. It is nearly impossible to produce right thinking apart from the truth of the Word of God. The Bible says in Hosea 4:6, “My people are destroyed for a lack of knowledge.” The knowledge we lack is the truth of the Word of God. So then Bible study, Sunday school, church attendance and personal devotion take on a new level of significance.

Heaven on Earth on the Way to Heaven

People sometimes ask me, “How do you objectively determine whether you are thinking right or wrong?” My answer is simple. If it lines up with the mind of Christ and what Christ teaches, then it constitutes right thinking. If it does not, it will more than likely lead you to the path of wrong thinking. Our thoughts will essentially determine the quality of life that we live. If we could just master this important lesson, we could literally have heaven on earth.

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This is an excerpt from “It’s All in Your Mind” by Dr. Benjamin
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