Phip Sams is senior minister of the First Christian Church in Kingsport, Tennessee.  I ministered to this congregation for five years.   Phip had this article in his church newsletter that I want to share with my readers.

“The 92 year old, petite, well poised and proud lady, who is fully dressed each morning by eight o’clock, with her hair fashionably coifed and makeup perfectly applied, even though she is legally blind, moved to a nursing home today.  Her husband of 70 years recently passed away, making the move necessary.

After many hours of waiting patiently in the lobby of the nursing home, she smiled sweetly when told her room was ready.  As she maneuvered her walker to the elevator, I provided a visual description of her tiny room, including the eyelet sheets that had been hung on her window.  

“I love it,” she stated with the enthusiasm of an eight year old having just been presented with a new puppy. 

“Mrs. Jones, you haven’t seen the room…just wait.”

 “That doesn’t have anything to do with it,”  she replied.  “Happiness is something you decide on ahead of time.  Whether I like my room or not doesn’t depend on how the furniture is arranged…it’s how I arrange my mind.  I already decided to love it…It’s a decision I make every morning when I wake up.  I have a choice; I can spend the day in bed recounting the difficulty I have with the parts of my body that no longer work, or get out of bed and be thankful for the ones that do.

Each day is a gift, and as long as my eyes open I’ll focus on the new day and all the happy memories I’ve stored away…just for this time in my life. 

Old age is like a bank account…you withdraw from what you’ve put in…So, my advice to you would be to deposit a lot of happiness in the bank account of memories.”                                            Selected

As we grow older about all we have left are memories.   Someone has said, “Loved ones are like flowers in a garden.  They are beautiful while they last but they don’t last forever.”  And so, God gives us the gift of memory so we can keep the beauty.  Cherish your precious memories.

I have such good memories, thank you for your part in filling my memory bank.

2 Responses to “ATTITUDE”

  1. Max, I loved it.

  2. Max , Thank you for these reminders ! I too have a lot of good memories, and I have told my self that I will chose to be content and happy every day ! Thank you for being in my Memory Bank now too ! God has truly blest me !
    Love, Joann

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