Monday, July 27, 2009

Where's that smell coming from?

A boy sneaked into his grandfather's bedroom while he was sleeping and put some Limburger cheese in his mustache. After grandpa awoke, he muttered, "This bedroom stinks." He walked into the living room and commented, "This living room stinks." Trying to get away from the smell, he rushed into the kitchen. "Good grief. This kitchen stinks too." Finally he ran outside, sniffed, and yelled, "This whole world stinks!"

Some people have Limburger cheese in their attitude, so everywhere they go, it stinks. Their job stinks. Their marriage stinks. Their church stinks. Everything stinks. And they can't seem to figure out that the problem isn't with everyone else, but their own stinking attitude.

Air freshener won't take away the smell. A negative, critical spirit comes from an ungrateful heart, so to change the atmosphere around us we must start being thankful. Psalm 105 says, "Oh give thanks to the Lord . . . Let the heart of those who seek the Lord be glad" (v.1,3). So today, instead of complaining about your boss, spouse, or kids, look for reasons to thank God for them. You'll be amazed how that will clear the air.
Keep looking up!
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