As I sat here pondering what I should write about, my mind landed on the word "Attitude".
It is a subject so dear to my heart, and i wonder how on earth I will be able to aptly give a strong enough expression of a word that can alter so much in one's life.
After all, isn't reallity itself merely a perception that is determined almost completely by one's attitude?
For we all KNOW in our hearts how vitally important it is to have a "Good"attitude. Most every one of use could rhyme off 10 reasons WHY it is so important to have a positive attitude. But the question we must ask ourselves is, "Do I?"
"Do I have a good attitude when things don't go my way"?
"Or, do I give myself permission to respond with a poor attitude, every time a little problem comes my way..."?
I don't mean to sound unsympathetic, but having things go wrong, such as: getting a flat tire, losing money, stubbing our toe, getting sick, getting kicked in the butt, having a bad hair day and getting up on the wrong side of the bed, is NOT LICENCE to get cranky, start cursing (above or below our breath) or to even... hang on for this one... to even THINK negative thoughts.
That's right, I'm saying we shouldn't even THINK negative thoughts when stupid little things happen to us that could potentially ruin our day.
Of course, the negative stuff is going to enter your mind, but the Bible says we are supposed to "Cast those thoughts down". Don't meditate on them. Don't let your mind be a garbage dump where the world, circumstances, and our own selves put all these judgemental, discouraging, fearful, negative ideas in our head that we then think on and allow into our hearts.
I'm not saying that we should all just be walking around with unrealistic rosy glasses through which we all should view the world. But I am saying that when I choose to put on those rose glasses and look at my situation through those lenses instead of dark shades then even my darkest situation seems much brighter.
I used to view the world with very dark glasses and my world was very dark. Then my husband and i were in a terrible motorcycle crash and God gave me a new pair of glasses. What should have been the worst year and a half of my life has been the best. I'll tell you about it in another post.
Shalom. Thanks for listening.