On his blog, John C. Maxwell recently showed a video clip for a message that he was delivering.  He started to tell this story (or at least a derivative of it) when his own attitude was tested with humourous consequences. 

He never got to finish the original story, so I searched for it and found this version on Kent Crockett’s site.

Two construction workers had taken a lunch break and opened up their lunch boxes.

One of them looked inside his box and said, “Not baloney sandwiches again! I can’t believe it. I hate baloney.  This is the third time this week I’ve had baloney. I can’t stand baloney!”

The other one said, “Why don’t you just ask your wife to make you something different?”

He replied, “I don’t have a wife. I made these myself.”

The reality is that for many of us, often the very things that we complain about the most or don’t like about our lives are things that we put there ourselves.

This is especially true of our attitudes, something that we have the capacity to control, but so often choose not to. 

We understand the need for more positive and resourceful attitudes, but so often choose to pack the same old attitudes that have let us down over the years.

Ephesians 4:23 encourages us, “to be made new in the attitude of your minds.” 

Let’s stop packing baloney sandwiches for ourselves and start the process of developing new attitudes for ourselves that will assist us in our lives, not hold us back.

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