WONDERFUL

WONDERFUL                                                                            Andy Hollifield 11-17-16
Sometimes God will let us learn lessons from the most unlikely places or people. This happens to me daily at 6:00 AM when my son’s alarm clock goes off. Before I get up, he will pass through the hall and I will ask how he is doing. I always know the answer before I ask; “wonderful!” My son is mildly autistic but faces each day with such enthusiasm that it often makes me ashamed for my own attitude. Anyone that has been around him much knows that he carries this attitude throughout the day and it is highly contagious. He has transformed from a toddler with a look as somber as a judge to a young man who lights up a room and is a people magnet everywhere he goes. His mom asked me one time “will my baby ever smile?”. Now at nearly 20 yrs old, he hardly ever stops smiling. Even when he has the occasional autistic meltdown, it isn’t more than maybe an hour before he is back up to par and everything is “wonderful” again. He will say he has been “wonderful all day long with a little bit of difficulty”.
This isn’t intended to be a story about him but I felt like he is the best example I know of the kind of attitude we all should have. Nothing completely ruins his day. He always bounces back and gets on with life. I heard a message last night at State Street Baptist Church by Pastor Terry Sprouse that got me thinking about it even more. The message was titled “What Kind Of An Influence Are You?”. We truly do influence people everywhere we go. I have always heard it said that “you don’t get a second chance to make a first impression”. What kind of first impression will you make today with those you work with, the clerk at the gas station, or the cashier at the stores where you shop? If they know you are a Christian, will your attitude make them glad they aren’t or make them want to be one? Are we turning people away from Christ by our attitude outside of church? There used to be another old saying that said “smile; it makes people wonder what you are up to!” Do people wonder what makes you tick or are they glad when you leave? The word wonderful is only used 21 times in the bible. Most of the times it is used to describe the works of God. The bible says in Ephesians 2:10 “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” Psalms 139:14 says “I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.” Each one of us are just another one of his wonderful works; a “one of a kind” masterpiece fashioned by God’s own hand. We are something special because God don’t make junk! We are each one “wonderful” so today, let’s act like it and influence someone for him with our attitude. Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!

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