There are some things in life we can’t do without. Your list may be different from mine but one thing is certain…neither you nor I can do without vowels. Vowels provide structure to words. Without vowels everything runs together. We have all seen car tags with missing vowels and if you are like me, you often drive away still unsure of the tags meaning. Remember the catchy preschool tune….A, E, I, O, U, and sometimes Y. Well, over the next couple of weeks, I want to share with you how the undeniable necessity of vowels relates to some indisputable characteristics we should all be more mindful of.
As I think about the vowel A, I marvel at the “A”ttitude of Joseph. Joseph was thrown in a pit and sold into slavery by the very brothers his dream revealed would one day bow to him. Joseph was then sold again to a man who had him wrongfully imprisoned because of his adulterous wife. While in prison, Joseph helped a person, who once freed, forgot all about him. Then, after Joseph interpreted Pharaoh’s dreams, was freed and promoted, he was faced with a decision. His own brothers who started this downward spiral in his life stood before him in need. The very ones who were covetous and conniving were now hungry and helpless and he was their last resort.
What would you have done in this situation?
Well…all I will say is, “Praise God for Joseph.” Obviously, I am still a work in progress. No matter how horrendous life was, Joseph kept a positive “A”ttitude. Never once do we read that Joseph complained or spoke harshly about any of those who mistreated him. His “A”ttitude was admirable. Not only did he help his family, he went above and beyond. He provided food and jobs for them, and they lived on the best of the land all because of Joseph.
This is the “A”ttitude God is cultivating in each of us. Joseph’s demeanor was ingrained in dependence. Not self-dependence because in his own power, I am sure Joseph would have responded like many of us. His dependence was in the One who was with him when others deserted him. His trust was in the One whom He had known and believed in since he was a young boy. Joseph’s “A”ttitude was consistent with what he knew about His God.
Now I ask….What does your “A”ttitude reveal about your God? Do you trust Him to fight your battles? Do you believe He can turn the king’s heart in your favor?
The same God who favored, freed, and promoted Joseph is the same God who is with you today. I challenge you to maintain a positive “A”ttitude no matter what. When you do, listen closely. Did you hear that? I think I heard Him say, “Well Done”!
Same time, same place, next week….Let’s talk about the vowel “E”!
Now that I have SHARED MY HEART with you, I ask you to do the same. I can’t wait to read your comments!