An Inside Job – Attitude Saver
Key Bible Verse: “I don’t just do what I like or what is best for me, but what is best for them.” – 1 Corinthians 10:33
Bonus Reading: 1 Corinthians 13:4-7
My daughters frequently interrupted me in the fourth quarter of a crucial game or at a crucial part of a TV mystery show for something that needed my immediate attention. I’d eventually get up. But even if their request was appropriate, I’d procrastinate, moan, and glare while doing the chore.
When I finally caught sight of my poor attitude, I realized I needed a different way of reacting to interruptions. Today, the first thing I do if I’m going to watch a game or show is start the VCR. I have a blank tape labeled “Dad’s Tape: No FooFoo Shows; Sports and Guy Stuff Only.”
Now, when Cindy comes and asks for my help on something that can’t wait and there’s only two minutes left in the fourth quarter, I know the game’s being taped. When Kari calls and needs to be picked up from cheer practice, I know the mystery’s being taped. When Laura wants to shoot hoops with me and it’s the ninth inning of the playoff game, I haven’t missed a single run. I can watch it later, and fast-forward through the commercials!
Your VCR can free you to meet the needs of your family—and protect a positive attitude at the same time.
—John Trent in Dad’s Everything Book for Daughters
My Response: An adjustment I’ll make for positive interaction with my family is …
Thought to Apply: Irritation in the heart of a believer is always an invitation to the devil to stand by.—Source Unknown
Adapted from Dad’s Everything Book for Daughters (Zondervan, 2002)
Prayer for the Week: I can cope with external challenges, Lord, if I’m internally aligned with Your will. Help me to think like a true Christian this week.