An Attitude Adjustment

Let’s face it. Sometimes life gets tough. In our church, many of us are experiencing our difficulties. Mostly physical, but it doesn’t end there. But ya know, we don’t lie around complaining. Nope, we understand and embrace Paul’s encouragement:

Base your happiness on your hope in Christ. When trials come endure them patiently, steadfastly maintain the habit of prayer (Romans 12:12)

That’s the way we choose to live. But, for some, it requires an attitude adjustment, but once you discover how comforting and courageous your BIG Brother is, you can face anything! Hank Williams Jr. understood this:

It was an attitude adjustment
I guess it was his first time
An attitude adjustment
Now he understands just fine
Oh It’ll work every time

lol. I have heard it said many times that “Attitude Is Everything,” and I am here to assure you that it’s the truth. While you may prefer to sit in a padded cell babbling like a lunatic, you don’t have to. It doesn’t require any natural skills or knowledge or good looks, it doesn’t require you to maintain a happy face, and live energetically, passionately or even correctly. What it does requires a complete change of heart.

There is an adage that says,

The thoughts we hold in mind, produce after there kind?
So, what thoughts do you hold each day?
They can make or break our attitude and our entire day.

That’s right; a good attitude will lead to a desire to perform well, enjoy work, and do good for others. While your personal talents may grow and your looks may change, your attitudes don’t have to change when your life circumstances change.

If you have a desire to modify or improve your attitude you must begin with an examination of the Word of God: what it says about your situation, and what your Father can (and will) do for you.

As Jan Coates, the author of Attitude-inize: 10 Secrets to a Positive  You, testified:

God transformed my stinkin’ thinkin’ to healthy, positive thinking—a thought life filled with peace and a right relationship with Jesus. My attitude transformation process was not an overnight miracle. Rather, it is a lifelong journey.

Stinkin’ thinkin’ stalks us. It lurks everywhere. It waits for an opportune time to attack us during our moments of weakness. Between foreclosure notices and layoffs, political rifts, and personal and professional setbacks, we’re all susceptible to negative thoughts.  That’s why our thought life is the very place to begin a positive perspective revival—one without excuses. Throughout my new attitude journey, I discovered that our minds continually process both negative and positive thoughts. Those stinkin’ negative thoughts stem from three primary areas:

1. I stink: Low self-esteem and a sense of worthlessness—no inner peace.

2. You stink: Poor others viewpoint—no peace with others.

3. Life stinks: Bitterness—no peace with self or others.

Notice that each of the three “stinks” result in a life void of peace with oneself and others. God desires that we possess peace, so we’ve got to get rid of the stinkin’ thinkin’.  Rephrasing our thoughts and focusing on Truth helps us eliminate the stench of negativity. Here are the three “stink” phrases reworded with biblical truth and life application.

1. I am loved. Jesus loves me just as I am, but He loves me too much to leave me that way. God created me for a personal love relationship with Him. I have peace because Jesus loves me and I love Him.

Paraphrased read-aloud Bible verses:

I believe the Word of God (Psalms 19:9).

I am fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalms 139:14).

God is for me and that’s all that matters (Romans 8:31).

2.  I can love others. Jesus sees the good in me, so I will keep my mouth shut until I find something good to say about another person. Jesus loves my family and friends just as much as He loves me.

Paraphrased read-aloud Bible verses:

I will not pass judgment on others (1 Corinthians 4:5).

I will be kind and compassionate to others (Ephesians 4:32).

I will forgive those who have sinned against me (Ephesians 4:32).

3. I can enjoy life. I realize that when I say “life stinks” I’m really saying I don’t like what God is doing in my life. God created the world. God created me. God is love. I can learn to be thankful and embrace each day with an attitude of gratitude.

Paraphrased read-aloud Bible verses:

In Jesus I have peace (John 16:33).

There may be trials in my life, so I will be courageous (John 16:33).

God is always with me. He rejoices over me for doing good (Jeremiah 32:40-41).

Healthy, positive thinking is a result of a life-long commitment to believing God’s Word and then living it. I encourage you to memorize and emblazon Philippians 4:8 in your heart: “Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”

With practice, patience, and prayer, you can do it!

Spend some time reading Jan Coates’ book, Attitude-inize: 10 Secrets to a Positive You.

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