Some old verses declare: “Two men looked through prison bars: One saw mud, the other saw stars.”
Our attitude in relation to our lives is very important. When the attitude is negative, no matter where you live, the problems seem to have no solution. When the attitude is positive, the place where we live is satisfying and the problems are only challenges to be overcome.
Paul and Silas were unjustly imprisoned in the city of Philippi. After being beaten, they were jailed. Both had enough reasons to complain and even to curse their luck; but that would be like looking down, that is, to the mud.
Paul and Silas in his cell in the middle of the night began to pray and sing aloud. The other prisoners were listening. They preferred to look up at the stars, or better yet, to God.
Change your attitude and things will change around you. Change is always difficult, but it is possible, when we accept the love and forgiveness of God.