One of the reasons I love to hike to the top of the mountains is that it gives me such a different perspective on things. It is there, I see that my problems in the valley actually shrink before my eyes and I get a bigger view of the grand scheme of things. Changing my altitude helps change my attitude. Our attitude is so crucial in how we deal with issues and problems in life.
“Look around you and become distressed, Look inside you and become depressed, Look to Jesus…and all is at rest.”- Corrie Ten Boom
” Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.” – Winston Churchill
” Attitude determines our actions for good or bad.” – D.L. Moody
” The one thing you can’t take from me, is the way I choose to respond to what you do to me. The last of one’s freedom is to choose one’s attitude in any given circumstance. – Victor Frankl
We can’t control all of our circumstances, but there is one thing we can control, and that is our attitude. It isn’t always easy to do, but it is something we can work on and through God’s grace and strength and make a positive impact on our lives and others around us. The Bible offers us some clear and helpful guidance with our attitude:
1. An attitude of humility. Jesus is our ultimate example : “Let this same attitude and purpose and [humble] mind be in you which was in Christ Jesus: Let Him be yout example in humility” – Philippians 2:5 ( Amplified Bible). True humility is not a sign of weakness but of strength under control. It reflects the the truth that God is in control and I don’t have to have every thing “my way” all the time. Because He is my Lord, I simply want things “His way” regardless of the circumstances. I can trust Him even when I don’t understand what is going on around me, knowing that He loves me, regardless of the situation.
2. An attitude of gratitude . When we look at things from the right perspective, it changes everything.
If you focus on all the things ( Big and small) that you are thankful for; it will keep your thoughts flowing in the right direction. Make a mental list of things you are thankful for through out the day and you will see for yourself what a difference it will make in your attitude.
” Be cheerful no matter what, pray all the time; thank God no matter what happens. This is the way God wants you, who belong to Christ Jesus to live” – I Thessalonians 5:16-18 (The Message).
3. An attitude of quiet confidence and trust in God. Your actions and attitudes often speak louder than your words. Your attitude is also a testimony of your faith in God. Proverbs gives good advice in developing that type of positive attitude: ” Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; He is the One who will keep you on track.” – Proverbs 3:5-6 ( The Message).
May God grant you and me the ability today…to keep looking up and have an attitude that reflects God’s grace and love…