Saturday, December 8, 2012

A gleam in your eye

The following story is making its way around the internet, and was shared with me by my brother.  It's not new and many would find it hokey.  However, it is true and it is exactly why Lutheran Services Carolinas is a strong, vibrant, important, growing ministry serving thousands of people!  All across and throughout our LSC family, most people have that gleam in their eye!  Have a nice gleam!  Ted

 How you choose to see things…

Three men were laboring in a field of boulders and large stones.  Sweat ran from their foreheads as they swung their heavy picks again and again.

A curious passer-by approached the men and asked each what he was doing.

The first man answered in a stern and abrupt voice:

Can’t you see, I’m breaking rocks!

The second man replied in a matter-of-fact way:

Can’t you see, I’m earning my salary!

The third man smiled--his eyes gleaming with enthusiasm--and proclaimed:

Can’t you see, I’m helping to build a cathedral!

The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life.  Attitude, to me, is more important than facts.  It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failure, than successes, than what other people think or say or do.  It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill.  It will make or break a company, a church, a home.

The remarkable thing is that we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day.  We cannot change our past…we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way.  We cannot change the inevitable.  The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude.  I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.

 ~ Charles Swindoll