Thursday, September 22, 2011

Attitude is everything...

In Sunday School this last week, the teacher related a story about a guy who received a not so nice parrot as a gift.  It really hit home for me, so I wanted to share it.  Here is the story:

The Rude Parrot
A young man named John received a parrot as a gift. The parrot had a bad attitude and an even worse vocabulary.
Every word out of the bird’s’ mouth was rude, obnoxious and laced with profanity. John tried and tried to change the bird’s attitude by consistently saying only polite words, playing soft music and anything else he could think of to ‘clean up’ the bird’s vocabulary.
Finally, John was fed up and he yelled at the parrot. The parrot yelled back. John shook the parrot and the parrot got angrier and even more rude. John, in desperation, threw up his hand, grabbed the bird and put him in the freezer. For a few minutes the parrot squawked and kicked and screamed.
Then suddenly there was total quiet. Not a peep was heard for over a minute.
Fearing that he’d hurt the parrot, John quickly opened the door to the freezer. The parrot calmly stepped out onto John’s outstretched arms and said “I believe I may have offended you with my rude language and actions. I’m sincerely remorseful for my inappropriate transgressions and I fully intend to do everything I can to correct my rude and unforgivable behavior.”
John was stunned at the change in the bird’s attitude. As he was about to ask the parrot what had made such a dramatic change in his behavior, the bird spoke-up, very softly, “Um, may I ask what the turkey did?”

Once in awhile, I feel like that rude parrot.  My Heavenly Father is trying to mold me, to shape me, to teach me, and to guide me, and all he meets with is resistance, and every once in awhile, probably a little rudeness and profanity (just keepin' it real) on my part as well!  Sometimes, especially during times of trial, I, like the parrot, have had a hard time understanding that the Lord is only trying to change my attitude--and change my ways.  This last year, however, I have learned that attitude is indeed everything.  When I have been submissive, and humble, when I have let the Lord be in control, I have been happier, and more peaceful.  When I have been controlling and dominant, and tried to tell the Lord how I think things should be, or how I want things to turn out, I have felt frustrated, anxious, and hopeless.  I know the experiences we are having are for my good.  I know that everything happens for a reason.  Most of all, I know that down the road, I will look back on these experiences and see the growth in my testimony, and the changes for good that came because of them for me and my family.  The only thing I think I will regret when I look back, is that I did so much squawking, kicking, and screaming along the way, instead of just trusting and knowing that God was in charge.  Yes, attitude is everything!

Please forgive me if posts are few and far between this next few weeks, I will get back on top of things once we are moved into our new place, and the craziness has subsided somewhat back to our normal levels.  Life happens!  :)

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