I enjoyed a two hour flight delay in Memphis last week. I was simply grateful to have found transportation from the hotel to the airport in the snow, so waiting on the plane wasn’t horrible. It gave me plenty of time to observe others attitudes and the results of their attitudes. And by no means….am I exempt from a negative thought or opinion, but the time sitting idle provide me with a little time to think about attitude and our blended families.
As a man thinks in his heart, so he is – Prov. 23:7
Think about your attitude. Is it a positive or negative attitude? Is it worldly or godly? Maybe it is segregated: some areas positive, but in other areas you have a bad attitude.
What is your attitude toward your marriage? Your marriage?
Attitudes are not caused by people or circumstances. Many people are convinced their attitudes would improve if their circumstances improved. That’s just not true. Adam and Eve lived in paradise. They were perfect, and yet they became ungrateful and rebellious due to negative attitudes.
Think you have it bad…consider Viktor Frankl. He lost nearly every member of his family in a Nazi concentration camp. He was forced into labor in Auschwitz. Despite that, he said “I choose to suffer with dignity. Regardless of what the Nazis do to me, I will never hate one of them.” They defeated him physically, but they never defeated him spiritually. He chose to be positive.
If you believe that you will not succeed as a husband, then you won’t.
If you believe that you will not succeed as a father, then you won’t.
If you believe that you don’t have anything positive in your life, then you will be unable to see it.
Happiness is a chosen attitude. You can’t travel to happiness, earn it, wear it, or buy it. It’s not a state of being, but something we choose. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude. If you believe that, you’re headed for a good life.
God rewards good attitudes and He disciplines bad attitudes. Attitudes impact behavior, and like a good parent or teacher, God doesn’t wait until we act out. He disciplines the attitude that will eventually cause us to act out. God loves you too much not to fight you when you’re headed in the wrong direction.
James 4:10 says, “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.” I love this Scripture. Sometimes all God is waiting on is an attitude change in our lives before He will bless us and give us what we’re looking for. That’s how He grows us up.
The truth about attitudes is that they predict both success and failure. You can predict what’s going to happen in your life by your attitudes.
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things – Philippians 4:8