While reading my Bible today I reflected on several passages. Two of them, from St Paul, have excellent Bible advice about the importance of attitude. How we view things is, after all, our reality no matter what the real facts might be. That is the essential difference between an optimistic attitude and one of a pessimistic person. Here’s what Paul says:

"Be made new in the attitude of your minds." (Ephesians 4:23) and

"Be transformed by the renewal of our mind." (Romans 12:2)

That is wonderful advice for our daily living. I  read somewhere that the bison are made in such a way that their natural instinct is to look down because they eat grass. Their neck is made in a way that looking up isn’t natural. On the other hand, the lion’s natural instinct is to look up at the whole scene because of their need to look for animals as their food. We need to see the big picture like the lion and not the blades of grass like the bison. We can be transformed and made new by our attitude of mind.

I also thought  over this passage:

"For whoever has, to him more shall be given, and he will have an abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has shall be taken away from him" (Matthew 13:12)

I suspect this saying was really a comment about how people hear the message of the Good News, but I prefer to also see it as a statement about the law of abundance. If we have acquired skills and information which we don’t continue to improve as well as add to, we will lose them. Just as the body builder’s muscles will return to their previous condition if the exercise program is not continued, our skills and knowledge will do the same. When we continue to add and improve what we have acquired, however, these grow into an abundance. We can’t rest on our laurels if we want to be great at what we do or we will lose the little we have.

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