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Happy Birthday Pothole!

Trials Joy Attitude

Source: “Man throws birthday party for pothole, convinces city to repair road,” by Chloe Bryan, MASHABLE.COM, 04/27/2016

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-07-20

Scripture: James 1:2

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Chloe Bryan with MASHABLE.COM reports: 

Jackson, Mississippi resident Eddie Prosser was tired of the pothole that had graced his neighborhood for a year, unfixed. So he got the city's attention — by throwing the pothole a birthday party.

The delightful display features a festive birthday balloon as well as a giant birthday card reading "Happy birthday, Pothole!" in beautiful script.

To drive the point home, the sign also says "I've been here for over a year!"

Prosser told WJTV News that although the sign was intended as a joke, he really was frustrated with the city's lack of action.

Finally, after local news outlets reported on the pothole party, the city fixed it. 

APPLICATION

Celebrating a pothole is a strange way to address the problem, but in the case of Eddie Prosser, it was the change of attitude that finally worked. 

Is it time for a change of attitude toward the potholes in your life? Instead of sitting around resenting your troubles, maybe it’s time to take a different tactic.  The Bible encourages us to follow Mr. Prosser's example when it says, “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds” (James 1:2, ESV).

Maybe it's time to stop griping, and throw a party instead. 

Unrecognized Blessings

Attitude Resentment Spiritual Blindness

Source: Unknown

Contributed By: Matt Hilgaertner | Date Posted: 2014-10-03

Scripture: Galatians 3:264 ; Matthew 7:11

Author: Unknown
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There’s a story about a young man who was getting ready to graduate from college.  For many months he had admired a beautiful sports car, and knowing his father could afford it, he told his dad on several occasions that it was all he wanted.  Finally, on the morning of his graduation, the young man’s father called him into his private study.  His father told him how proud he was to have such a fine son, and how much he loved him.  He handed his son a beautifully wrapped gift box. 

Curious, but disappointed, the young man opened the box and found a lovely, leather-bound Bible, with the young man’s name embossed in gold.  Angrily, he raised his voice to his father and said, “With all your money you give me a Bible?”  And then stormed out of the house, leaving the Bible behind.

Many years passed and the young man was very successful in business.  He had a beautiful home and wonderful family, but realized his father was getting quite old and thought perhaps he should go to him.  He hadn’t seen his father since that graduation day.  But before he could make arrangements, the young man received a telegram telling him his father had passed away, and that he needed to come home immediately to take care of things. 

When he arrived at his father’s house, sudden sadness and regret filled his heart.  He began to search through his father’s important papers and saw the still new Bible, just as he had left it years ago.  With tears, he opened the Bible and began to turn the pages, when a car key dropped from the back of the Bible.  It had a tag with the dealer’s name, and on the tag was the date of his graduation along with the words, “Paid In Full.”

APPLICATION

How many times do we miss God’s blessings because they are not packaged as we expected?  Instead, we should trust His generous heart.  We should believe that what He gives will lead to what we need.  

"So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him" (Matthew 7:11, NLT).

Mark Speckman Chooses Joy Over Circumstances

Joy Attitude Adversity

Source: Tim Hansel's Message "You Gotta Keep Dancin'"

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Contributed By: Bret Johnson | Date Posted: 2013-01-28

Scripture: Philippians 4:4

Author: Bret Johnson
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Mark Speckman was born without hands. For many people, that handicap could cause great embarrassment, become an excuse for underachieving, and maybe even paralyze them for life. Not for Mark. Without hands, Mark played high school football, and then went on to play middle linebacker at Azusa Pacific University in Southern California. He earned an honorable mention for All-American honors in 1976.

One day, when Mark was still a college student, two kids came up to him in the supermarket. Kids being kids, they didn't know yet that it is not polite to stare at someone's handicap. The kids exclaimed, "Hey, mister! Where's your hands!?"

Mark (and this is classic!) said, "Oh no! I was looking at the cereal boxes and I must have set them down over there." Sure enough the kids dashed over to the cereal boxes and started looking for his hands. Mark could hardly contain himself. Then he said, "No, wait! I was washing my hands in the bathroom and set them on the counter."

Isn't' that a great response? Mark chooses to have joy in his life rather than focus on his circumstances. He has never let his disability hold him back. He can still write, type, use a cell phone, drive, and play racquetball, and he even played the trombone in high school.

Tim Hansel is a motivational speaker, author of YOU GOTTA KEEP DANCIN', and founder of Ignite!

APPLICATION

How about you?  Do you allow your "handicaps" to hold you back?  Do you choose joy in spite of your circumstances? Can you laugh at yourself?  Paul commanded the Christians at Philippi to "Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again--rejoice!" (Philippians 4:4).

If it is a command, it can be a choice!

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Happiness Attitude Joy

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2012-12-19

Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 5:16

Author: Staff Writers, Caters News Service
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Thankfulness Attitude Parenting

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2012-11-19

Scripture: Psalms 92:1 ; Philippians 4:8

Author: Jen Hausmann
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Thankfulness Attitude Encouragement

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2012-11-17

Scripture: Psalms 118:24

Author: Jana Riess, RNS Blogs
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Happy Hearts Are Healthy Hearts

Happiness Thankfulness Attitude

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2012-11-07

Scripture: James 1:2 ; 1 Thessalonians 5:18

Author: Stacey Kennelly
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Attitude Trials Circumstances

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2012-11-03

Author: Victor Frankl
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Anger Attitude Fact or Fiction?

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2012-06-26

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Arrogance Wisdom Attitude

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2012-05-14

Scripture: Proverbs 11:12 ; Proverbs 16:18

Author: unknown
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