May 24, 2011 § 4 Comments
The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change the past. We cannot change that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can control all the time 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.” – Charles Swindol
Our attitude on life reflects on faith and belief in Christ. By what I mean is this: if you allow yourself to have a negative attitude, you are putting your faith, happiness, and destiny in this world. Let me tell you, you’re going to be let down ten times over if you allow your happiness to be stored into things of this world. So, if you are putting your hope, trust, and happiness in Christ you can never be let down or disappointed. Therefore, you will have a positive attitude.
No, being optimistic in all situations isn’t for the giddy people that get excited when a can of beans is one cent cheaper a the store.
Being optimistic is a reflection of Christ in your life because it directly relates to where you have your priorities set. Living each and everyday for Christ and allowing Him to fill our life with His joy rather than our own.
You have a choice.
Christ or the enemy.
Happiness or drudgery.
See, we like to think that the circumstances in our life define who we are, but our greatest enemy in life is ourselves. The greatest boundary we have to learn to overcome is ourselves and our own will to do what we want. Our attitude is everything- it impacts the way we feel, the way we react, the way we speak, and the way we approach our life.
”When you’re struggling with something, look at all the people around you and realize that every single person you see is struggling with something, and to them, it’s just as hard as what you’re going through.”
– Nicholas Sparks
While Nicholas Sparks is no pro on Christian theology, he has a good point in this quote relating to attitude. We let our feelings and disappointments overcome our attitude because we think we are so awful or nobody can understand what we are going through. Therefore, we shut the world out, shut Christ out, and think that it’s all about us. However, each and everyone of us are going through something and aren’t looking at it like that.
We don’t want to accept Christ for who He is because our attitude of negativity doesn’t ever think things will ever turn around for us. We let our attitude keep us from God’s greatest gift to us– forgiveness and a brand new beginning from Christ. God wants to change everything about you, starting with your attitude.
When you wake up, He wants you to thank Him for waking you up. When you go downstairs, He wants you to be thankful that you have food to eat and nice clothes to wear. Why? Because our attitude is contagious. So what if it didn’t work out? So what if he or she broke up with you? So what if you’re not getting to participate in a certain organization? So what if you don’t look the way everybody else does? None of that matters because it doesn’t have an effect on your eternal life.
Jesus made you in His image, Jesus wants you to love him so that you can have a loving attitude to others and let him be reflected onto every aspect of your life.
So, my challenge for today is: Your attitude is contagious, it leaves a lasting mark on people you interact with everyday. Do you want to leave them with a lasting mark that is reflective of Christ or sadness?