We All Have An Attitude
There’s always a “tell” about what your attitude is right now. Your facial features, body language, word usage… All of these are clues that help others know your attitude in general, or about a specific subject.
Additionally, it’s amazing how quickly our attitude can tank when it comes to a subject we’ve already made up our minds about!
Have you ever tested your attitude? There are plenty of web locations that have tests similar to this one. Answer these questions. Keep a running score. The results should not be surprising. Don’t stop now!
- When you’re thinking to yourself, you tend to use positive words and encouraging phrases.
- You don’t worry about things you can’t control.
- Most all of your friends have upbeat attitudes.
- In the past month, you’ve described yourself as depressed.
- You tend to think about your strong points more than your weak points.
- Even when things are stressful, you are able to focus on what needs to be done.
- If someone criticizes you, you tend to take it in the worst light.
- You are usually the first person to give out a compliment.
- You have something good to say about everyone, even your enemies.
- When you think about getting older, you are: Pessimistic vs Optimistic
- You tend to expect the worst in people.
- You are not a procrastinator. You tend to get things done on time.
- When something goes wrong in a group you tend to: Blame yourself vs Blame others.
- You tend to be quite afraid of losing people you love.
- You have good posture.
- When talking to strangers, you tend to smile and try to sound friendly.
- Instead of participating in gossip, your rule is to say something nice or nothing at all.
- You tend to like to be well dressed and looking your best.
- You are often reminding yourself what you should be doing.
- You find it easy to forgive people and forget about the bad things that have happened to you.
What would this test say about you?
How positive are you? How negative are you? Where do you struggle the most? What changes could you make to have a more positive attitude….
Here are my results!
“You have a positive attitude… Some of the time! – You prefer to see the world through clear glasses, not rose colored glasses…”
What kind of person are you? Or, what kind of person are you meant to be? The known factors of your life… Your DNA, how you were raised, are not always equal to who you have become. The unknown factor in every situation……Is often your attitude.
Your attitude defines how you think – Life, politics, race, career, etc.; God or spiritual things; Others; Yourself. Hence, your attitude should be one of the most important things in your life. It is the difference between a happy person and an unhappy one. People with the right attitude often have a life full of Joy, regardless of their status in life, family, finances, career, home life, health…
What is attitude? Attitude is an inward feeling expressed by behavior.
Attitude is the visible form of how we feel about something
- Its roots are inward but its fruit is outward.
- It is our best friend at some times; at other times it is our worst enemy.
- It is more honest and consistent than the words that come out of our mouth.
- It is an outward look based on past experiences.
- It is the thing that draws people to us or repels them from us.
- And it is never content until it is expressed.
- It is the librarian of our past, the speaker of our present, and the prophet of our future.
So how do we adjust and change our attitude? Maybe, before we take a job and shove it (Johnny Paycheck, singer, David Allen Coe, writer, 1977), we should do an attitude check! Compare yourself to others in similar situations. Who do you have as your model? And, maybe, this is the most crucial thing to comprehend – who do you model yourself after?
The Apostle Paul said it simply:
Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, (Philippians 2:5 NKJV)
So. The question begs to be answered. What was the Mind of Christ? At the beginning of His ministry, Jesus gives them His Mind… He gives them “beatitudes…” In the face of opposition, there is a better way to live!
And seeing the multitudes, He went up on a mountain, and when He was seated His disciples came to Him. Then He opened His mouth and taught them, saying: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek, For they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled. Blessed are the merciful, For they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. (Matthew 5:1-11 NKJV)
Even with this message of attitude, regardless of your situation, Jesus tells them how to resolve the issues with the status of their attitude.
Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you. (Matthew 5:12 NKJV)
In the face of persecution, rejection, loss and failure – keep a good attitude!
Consider the Apostle Paul as an example. A good man under the law with a focus on eradicating the followers of Jesus. He came face to face with his destiny. Instead of having a negative attitude about his past and present condition, he adapted to his new calling and became the greatest church planter in the New Testament! (Acts 9:1-16)
Was his life a bed of roses now that his attitude about Jesus was changed? No. Long after his ministry was fully established and he is doing the work that Jesus called him to, Paul describes his life of suffering, even though we call him the greatest soul winner. Go ahead. Branch over to 2 Corinthians 11:22-33 and consider the sufferings he went through!
Not only did he struggle as previously mentioned, there was something very personally wrong with his body or life.
And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure. Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong. (2 Corinthians 12:7-10 NKJV)
Here he is with successes, wrapped up with much turmoil, and a problem with his body. Yo would think he would have a right to quit! No. Not Paul. He communicates to the church at Thessalonica. With bullet like precision, Paul gives them 7 Attitude Reminders.
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies. Test all things; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil.
Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it. Brethren, pray for us. Greet all the brethren with a holy kiss. I charge you by the Lord that this epistle be read to all the holy brethren. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-27 NKJV)
Quickly… Can you extrapolate these 7 Attitude Reminders?
Keep a spirit of enthusiasm.
Verse 19: “Do not quench the Spirit.” ((NIV) Do not put out the Spirit’s fire;) In other words, “Keep a spirit of enthusiasm.” Enthusiasm in the original language is God in us!
Welcome life positively.
Verse 16 : “rejoice always” or “welcome life positively”! We have many setbacks in life. We have many curves thrown at us. Paul tells us that when things come that would cause us not to rejoice; we should embrace life in a positive way.
Dare to be an open person.
Verse 17, he tells us to “pray without ceasing.” We know what prayer is: communion with God. It is walking with and listening to God. Keep your heart open, let God speak to you. Let Him teach you in all affairs of life. Let Him minister to you.
Exhibit a thankful heart.
Verses 17: “In everything give thanks, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” He says that we are to look at life with a heart full of thanksgiving. And an attitude of gratitude concerning what God has blessed us with.
Welcome the future as a friend.
Verse 20: “Do not despise prophetic utterances.” This speaks of things about what will happen in the future. Do not despise them. Jesus showed Paul things he would suffer…We need to look forward with Anticipation!
Set goals with care and courage.
Verse 21: “Examine everything carefully and hold fast to that which is good.” Be courageous, be tenacious, as we pursue that which we feel God has for our life. Keep the Good, Discard the bad
Overcoming Evil with Good
Verse 22: Paul says that we are to abstain from every form of evil. Not only to abstain from evil, but rather be involved in ministry. So, we are to overcome evil by doing good.
All of this easy, right!???! No. Not really. It is a daily process I go through to adjust my attitude in everything that comes my way, and, in everything that I chose to be.