Our attitude is a settled way of thinking, but can we unsettle it? Our attitude is reflected in the behavior we have towards people, places or things.
To be honest with you when in my late teens and early twenties I had it all figured out. (Maybe you did too?) Now in my seventies, I know different. I’ve had to readjust my attitude many times. It is a work in progress to align the attitude of my mind with the scriptures. But I must continue renewing my mind if I want to be a light to my family, relatives, and friends.
So, to have a change in behavior is to choose what attitude with which you view life. Choosing to change means reconstructing your mind.
Ruth Graham tombstone, late wife of Billy Graham. “End of construction. Thank you for your patience.”
The holy scriptures speak.
“…be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.” Ephesians 4: 23, 24
Choices made, make us
Our life, good or not so good, consists of the accumulation of our choices. Your mental disposition, which is the way you view life, forms your attitude.
Read to the end where I give concrete steps to take for change to take place.
It is as though we are holding a handful of wet clay. We can mold the mud into a demon-like figure or that of an angel. The Bible tells us we can mold our character into one of grace and purpose or into one driven by fear and hate.
It is your choice.
Some people think the attitude we live with is set into our minds and can never be changed.
God has given us the ability to renew the very spirit or mood of our mind.
At this point in my writing I could write in big bold letters: “Change your attitude” and exit the page. That would be like me standing on the beach, yelling to a drowning man; “Float man, float!” He can’t and doesn’t know how.
Same with attitude. People lose jobs, marriages, and friends due to a bad attitude. They do not know how to make change happen. I’m about to tell you.
But help is on the way.
The Word of God instructs that your mind is to be made new or changed.
“…be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what isthat good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” (Rom. 12:2)
It is possible to change from a negative to a positive attitude.
I know from experience in my own life. Also in ministering to people, change is possible.
Stick with me here.
Center in on these three points for a change to take place in the ‘attitude of your mind’.
1. Grab onto the realization that everyone has problems.
In fact, every miracle recorded in the Bible started out as a problem. Let’s not feast on the issue. Instead, dig for the solution!
Where problems live, solutions abound.
Pray, believe and ask God to direct you to the answer. Go to a trusted friend or pastor, define the challenge and actually ask if they have a solution. Don’t let the problem determine your attitude. When you have gathered a few choice solutions, pray and think over the course of action.
Then work the solution, not the problem.
It’s a whole lot more fun and productive working on a solution than a problem!
More powerful thoughts.
2. These three significant statements found in Rev. 12:11.
“And they overcame him[Satan] by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.”
The focus of your attention determines your attitude to a large extent. The blood of the Lamb, the sacrifice He made for you, should hold your attention. No longer are you “ a poor lost sinner” but now have become the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. You are in the kingdom of His dear Son. This gives you an attitude of thankfulness for His redeeming work on your behalf.
You overcome the difficult challenge when you recount the victories God had granted you in the past.
Begin writing a list of the answered prayers. Jot down on paper when Jesus touched you, healed your body, mended a relationship and provided for you and your family. This list provides a powerful tool to overcome Satan’s advances. This restores your attitude as one who gains victory from defeat.
3. Last you must never give in or give up.
At times your troubles seem insurmountable. But you have a Savior that has promised to never leave you nor forsake you and walk with you until the very end.
You will face each day embolden with a positive attitude as a victor. You know you’re His child. Your testimony is that God had met you when you were in need. Your life is held in His everlasting arms.
I agree with this quote by Charles Swindoll
“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…a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past…we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude…I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you…we are in charge of our Attitudes.”
For positive change to take place reform your mind with these thoughts:
Matt. 19:16 All things are possible.
Eph. 2:10 We are His workmanship.
Col. 2:10 We are complete in Him.
Phil. 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Col. 3:2 We set our minds on things above.
Col. 1:13 He has delivered me from the power of darkness.
II Tim. 1:7 I don’t have the spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind.
We live in a world of negativity. We are to let our life shine with the positive, life-giving knowledge of Jesus our Savior. It remains your choice. Yes, your attitude towards life is in your mind. Why not renew it today?
What is happening in your life today?
Are you open to a change in attitude towards people, places or things?
What has helped you to make a change for the better in your mood?
I’d appreciate your comments.