Our attitude of joy is a result of our thanksgiving to God. We should not base our attitude on our circumstances, because those always change. When we base our attitude on the one who is unchanging and always constant, our joy will be more consistent. Imagine a pilot flying by his or her feelings. If the pilot did this, the pilot would get turned around pretty quickly. Pilots are trained to fly using their instruments, not their feelings, because when they are up in the sky, it is easy to get confused—to think you’re up when you’re down, or to think you’re headed south when you’re actually headed west, and so on. Their instrument is their constant. It’s their objective reality when they’re confused. Such is the case with God and praise in our life. When God is our objective reality, we’re more inclined to praise him in situations we wouldn’t otherwise, and our attitude will be so much better.
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