The longer I live the more I’m convinced one thing influences the joy in our lives more than any other. It’s not our money, our health or even our relationships. It’s our attitude. Our attitude controls how we view everything else.
I firmly believe…
”Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.”
– Charles Swindoll
We live in a culture that has the “un” disease…we’re ungrateful, unforgiving, and unloving.
We often have difficulty being thankful for what we do have because we are preoccupied with what we don’t have. We whine when the internet isn’t fast enough, or the or our remote keyless entry doesn’t work. We don’t take time to think how blessed we are even have an internet connection…or a car for that matter. And, heaven help us if we have a bad experience at a restaurant (or church)…we’re not going back! #firstworldproblems #nosecondchances
Bad attitudes destroy from the inside out. They cause us to focus on the wrong stuff. Instead of seeing the positive side of a situation, a bad attitude causes us to dwell on the negative.
Fortunately, the “un" disease can be cured with a few good doses of the right medicine.
First, choose to have a positive attitude every day. Most of us do really well at having a good attitude when life is going our way. It’s easy to have a good attitude when it’s payday and there’s money in the bank. But it’s more challenging when your car breaks down the week before payday! Even if you have money in savings, you probably want spend it on something like a vacation…not fixing your ride!
Good attitudes are a work in progress. It’s a choice that must be made over and over again regardless of circumstances.
Maybe you’ve seen this prayer before. Perhaps it’s new to you. It makes the point well.
“Dear Lord, so far today, I’m doing all right. I have not gossiped, lost my temper, been greedy, grumpy, nasty, or selfish. I have not whined, complained or cursed. But, I will be getting out of bed in a minute. I will need your help then.”
Turning to God in times of trouble can help you maintain a positive attitude. He will help you find the good in every situation...if you let him! The Apostle Paul wrote,
Rejoice without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstance; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
– 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (ESV)
Next…develop a high appreciation for life. It’s easy to get caught up in mundane things, go through the motions, and never see life’s worth. You really do need to “take time to smell the roses.” I admit that I struggle with this. Some days it takes a conscious effort to stop and thank God for the wonderful world he’s provided...the rising sun, a moonlit night, the air we breathe. You can’t take in a beautiful sunset and not be grateful for another day. And to think…
The Lord merely spoke, and the heavens were created. He breathed the word, and all the start were born.
– Psalm 33:6 (NLT)
The next time you feel a case of the “un” disease coming on, stop immediately and turn to God. Ask him to open your eyes to the good in bad situations. Then, thank him for another day to live in this beautiful world he created just for us!