Attitude Is Everything
Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men..- Colossians 3:23
Your attitude must be right in your home, marriage, church and wherever you find yourself. Abraham asked his servant, Eliezer to look for a wife for Isaac so he will not marry wrongly. Eliezer gave God some conditions so he wouldn't also make a wrong choice. He didn't pick any lady anyhow. This is the mistake some make in marriage; they Do not test before making a choice; even God tests us.
And let it come to pass, that the damsel to whom I shall say, let down thy pitcher, I pray thee, that I may drink; and she shall say, drink, and I will give thy camels drink also: let the same be she that thou has appointed for thy servant Isaac. - Genesis 24:14
When Eliezer got to the well, Rebecca went an extra mile to give water, not only to Eliezer, but also to the animals; that is instinct. She did the extra-ordinary. What we call extra-ordinary is adding the extra to the ordinary. In the case of Rachael, the ordinary act of kindness is to give water to Eliezer but the extra is to also give water to his animals. At the end of it all, Eliezer saw it was a divine arrangement and Rebecca was married to Isaac because of her right attitude.
In the book of John, there is a story of a woman who had a negative attitude. God in human flesh approached a woman to give Him water to drink but she reacted negatively to the request of Jesus. Many market women do not make enough sales because of their wrong attitude towards prospective buyers yet they will be the ones praying and crying on different mountains for prosperity.
Many times, we assume prayer will do what would have been done by our simple obedience. If all that is required is prayer alone, then most billionaires shouldn't be rich; afterall it doesn't appear they pray much. Therefore, it means some of the things we pray about only need wisdom. Hear the response of the woman:
How is it that thou, being a Jew, asks drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? For the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans. - John 4:9
However, she changed her response when she saw she could also get something from Jesus. Instead of her to apologise for her initial nasty response, what concerned her was what she could benefit from Jesus; she forgot that Jesus also needed water from her.
There are some people who never see enough reasons to bless God; they are always getters, not givers. Being a giver will release you from pressure, anxiety and you will be blessed. This woman in the book of John had married different men at different times probably because of her negative attitude. She must have been beautiful outside, but she lacked inner beauty. No one can mess you up than you; so make your way prosperous by having the right attitude. Be dependable so you can be trusted; that is when those you Do not know will defend you, even in your absence.
Prayer: Lord, I desire to be blessed and prosperous help me to demonstrate a positive attitude and to be a willing giver, I know my attitude determines my altitude. I receive the grace to pass your test. I will not complain, instead, I commit to doing the extra-ordinary in order to achieve the extra-ordinary in JESUS NAME.
Further Reading: Genesis 24: 1-26; John 4:7-14
One-year Bible Reading Plan: Numbers 8:1-9:23; Mark 13:14-37; Psalm 50:1-23; Proverbs 10:29-30