What is Your Outlook On Life?

July 5, 2019

What is Your Outlook on Life?

By Russell George

You will never succeed in life if you don’t have the right outlook on life. I want to help you understand what is the right outlook on life. An important key to having the right outlook on life is to accept and live out something that Jesus taught when he was here on earth. In Acts 20:35 we read that Jesus said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”

It is unfortunate that so many live to get. You won’t get much if you have nothing to give. Having something to give makes one a person of value. The more we have to give the more value we have. It is human nature to want to get. All of us want to get more and more. We are prone to overlook the importance of giving. If we don’t have the power to give we won’t have the power to get. In Luke 6:38 Jesus said, “Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.”

For example, if you are looking for a job and you hear of a company that is hiring, you will want to go and apply for a job. When you do, you will be given an appointment with the personal manager. He will sit you down in front of his desk and start asking you questions. He will want to know what you have to give. He may ask if you know how to drive a truck, a tractor or a fork lift. He will probably ask if you know how to use a computer. He may ask if you have any skills in accounting. If you have nothing to give he will say, “I’m sorry, but you don’t have anything to offer us.”

The Bible teaches us that work is honorable. Adam, the first man, was given work to do. Genesis 2:15 says, “And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.” Proverbs 13:4 says, “The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat.” Also in II Thessalonians 3:10 we read, “For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.”

If we have skills that enable us to get a job we start earning money. Then we have money to give to help others who have needs. That gives us value in society.

Many times the outlook young people have on life is controlled by peer pressure. They want the approval of their friends. That’s why they start drinking alcohol and taking drugs. For those who are gang members they may feel successful because of the number of rival gang members they have slain or the number of cars they have stolen.

Being prepared to contribute something needs to begin in childhood. A baby doesn’t have anything to give to his parents. The first thing may just be a smile. They just want to get. They want attention. They want their diaper changed or something to eat. As they get older they are taught to walk so they don’t need to be carried from place to place. They learn to feed themselves. They are potty trained. The more they do for themselves the more they leave their parents free to do other things. As our children got older they were given a job list that changed from week to week. One week it might be to sweep the kitchen floor every day. The next week it might be to take out the garbage. The next week it might be to sweep the sidewalk every day. They were learning to contribute something to the home. They were given some spending money for their work.

Children need to be motivated to learn. If not, they drift through grade school and high school and come out with a very low grade point average. They don’t qualify for any college scholarships. Even if they did go to college they wouldn’t be able to get passing grades. They are at a handicap.

We can learn from the prodigal son in Luke 15:11-32. He wanted to get. In verse 12 he said to his father, “give me the portion of goods that falleth to me.” The following verses tell us that he misused what he got. He finally came to himself when he came to extreme poverty. Verses 17-19 tell us about the decision he made. He was ready to go back to his father and say, “Make me as one of thy hired servants.” He was ready to work.

Young man, young lady, if you have the right outlook on life you will be motivated to get a good education because you know that the more you have to give the more you will get out of life. You will never be a burden to society if you have something to give that society needs. Our society needs people who know how to nurse us back to health when we are sick, people who know how to build and fix our roads, people who know how to fly airplanes and many other skills. We are given a salary in exchange for what we give to society. That way our needs are met and we even have money to give to charity. That is the way we fit into society. We give and get.

Life is great for those who have the right outlook on it. For those who don’t, it is a disaster. Prepare to give and you will get the be st that life has to offer you.

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