What’s on Your Mind…The Importance of a Healthy Attitude toward Life

“ Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.” – Winston Churchill
“The way we view our problem often times… is the problem.” – Wayne Cordeiro
“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change the way you think about it.” – Mary Englebreit
It is so easy to have a bad attitude and get trapped in the valley of self-pity. It is important to remember that our thoughts often determine our actions.  When we have a bad attitude and let it linger and don’t deal with it, it can grow and can sour even our closest relationships. In addition to that, it’s gets more and more difficult to get people to attend our pity parties… At some point, we need to accept responsibility for our attitude. We may not be able to completely change our circumstances, but we can change our attitude. We are not responsible for every thought that enters our mind, but we are responsible for what we do with those thoughts. There is an old  saying..”You cannot prevent the birds of sorrow from flying over your head but you can prevent then them from building a nest in your hair.” That is so true. 

It is very important to keep track of thought life. Distorted thinking can lead to wrong conclusions…which can lead to to unrealistic expectations, then we  can end up feeling frustrated and discouraged. 

Here are some things I have found to be very helpful in keeping my attitude in the right frame of mind. We can take control of our thoughts by filtering them through God’s Word…”Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that excellent and worthy of praise.” – Philippians 4:8. Ask yourself, is what I’m thinking about , Is it true? is it it honorable? Is it right? Is it pure? Is it lovely? Is it admirable? Is ti excellent  Is it worthy of praise? If not, then it’s time to think about other things. Make a conscious effort to change your thought patterns by thinking about something better, just like you would to change the channel on your TV by using the remote to watch something else.

One way to accomplish this is to start praying for someone else. Getting our focus off just ourselves and doing something for someone else can help bring about a positive change in our own attitude. We also need to let God guide our thoughts. We do this by committing ourselves and our attitude to God throughout the day… “You will guard him and keep him in perfect and constant peace whose mind {both its inclination and its character} is stayed on You, because he commits himself to You, leans on You, and hopes confidently in You.” – Isaiah 26:3 

That is why, what is “on your mind”…is so important. 

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