Kicking Out the Whine

“The joy of the Lord is your strength.”  Where do the saints get their joy from?  If we did not know some saints, we would say–“Oh, he, or she, has nothing to bear.”  Lift the veil.  The fact that the peace and the light and the joy of God are there is proof that the burden is there too.  The burden God places squeezes the grapes and out comes the wine; most of us see the wine only.  No power on earth or in hell can conquer the Spirit of God in a human spirit, it is an inner unconquerableness.

If you have the whine in you, kick it out ruthlessly.  It is a positive crime to be weak in God’s strength.

-April 14, My Utmost for His Highest

I talk to my kids all the time about “choosing a good attitude.”  I can’t count how many times I’ve reminded them that they don’t get to choose their circumstances, but they do get to choose their attitude.

Somehow, the same advice can be harder to live out.

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