Have you ever had a bad attitude…a bad attitude towards a member of your church or maybe even your church in general? I have. Have you ever had a bad attitude towards God? I have. Attitude, and especially a bad one, colors every thing and every one around you. Like wearing sunglasses in the house, it all looks darker.
In Charles Swindoll’s bestseller, Improving Your Serve, he says, “The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness, or skill. It will make or break a company a church, or a home. The remarkable thing is that we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past. Nor can we change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We also cannot change the inevitable. The only thing that we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10 percent what happens to me and 90 percent how I react to it. And so it is with you, we are in charge of our attitudes.”
Changing ones attitude is easier said than done, but here are some steps that might help:
1. Admit that you have a lousy attitude.
2. Remind yourself that moping about doesn’t do you or any around you any good. It won’t change your circumstances one bit, in fact, it makes you miserable…adding misery to misery.
3. If need be, apologize to anyone who’s been effected by your bad attitude.
4. Humbly approach God asking for strength to walk in a more positive attitude.
5. Decide that you will act like you’ve got a good attitude until the real one shows up.
Viktor Frankl was an author and survivor of Auschwitz, Frankl said, “Everything can be taken from man but one thing: the last of human freedoms, to choose one’s own attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”
There…now don’t you feel better?
Your friend, Dave
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