If you could use a type of food to describe your life, what would it be? Would it be sort of like white bread—plain but predictable? Or maybe something like a hard chicken bone—like you’ve gotten a raw deal out of life? Would anyone dare to say that their life is as sweet and delicious as a warm, fresh Krispy Kreme doughnut?
I think God’s intentions for our life is to be something sweet and wonderful, but that doesn’t mean that bad times aren’t going to happen. It’s how we view those bad times that makes the difference. Consider the power of attitude, the idea that how we choose to view life impacts the quality of it.
Begin by examining your expectations for the day. When you wake up in the morning do you clap your hands and recite Psalm 118:24: “This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it!”? Or do you stay in bed, constantly hitting the snooze button, dreading the morning’s invitation to wake up? We are all better off starting the day with a cheerful spirit.
Once awake, do you continually worry about what’s going to happen during the course of the day and expect the worse? Or do you decide to deal with what the day brings—when it comes? I can almost guarantee that whatever you expect will come true.
Do you see the glass as half empty or half full? It’s your choice. To concentrate on the good, make a list of everything you’re thankful for. Think back to a hard time in the past, how you got through it, and how it made you stronger. Do something good for someone in need. List things you look forward to. Focus on the things that really matter in life. Fill your life with things that make you laugh. Surround yourself with happy people. Find hope in God’s Word.
Whatever life brings your way, you can always find goodness in God—in His unfailing love and mercy. Spend your day basking in Him, and you will find something to smile about. Then, and only then, can life be sweeter than a Krispy Kreme doughnut.