“When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.” ~Viktor Frankl, Holocaust survivor
There are some situations we just can’t change.
While the quote above comes from a man who was unable to change a major situation, we often get stuck in the minor ones. For example, I can’t change the weather when it rains on the day I planned a picnic at the park, but I can adopt an attitude that will help me overcome the disappointment and think of a way to have the picnic indoors.
Whether it involves circumstances or people, at times we have to accept the reality of our position. Perhaps there’s a family situation I can’t change, but I can respond to those involved with a positive, Christ-honoring spirit.
Isn’t it a challenge! Sad to say, sometimes I like reveling in my self-pity or even nurturing my bad attitude about a grievance. But God would have me grow into the image of Christ, which means leaving those things behind and embracing the work which He would do in me.
So today, when I’m faced with something I can’t change – like the traffic tie-up or the unexpected home repair – may I accept the challenge and see what I can change in me.
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