Life is ten percent what happens to you and ninety percent how you react to it. ~ Lou Holtz
Next to knowing Jesus as my Lord and Savior, nothing is more important than the attitude in which I carry my life out. My attitude can make or break me. It can heal and it can hurt. It can make friends and enemies. It can make me (or others) happy or miserable. It can lead to success or failure.
Have you ever been around anyone whose attitude projects that the world sucks? That they are the only victim? Perhaps you’ve seen that same person in the mirror.
Ninety times out of one hundred, when we begin to feel that our life stinks, the problem is not with the world or with others, but within ourselves. Our attitude has become negative and you have the power to change it. Once it becomes positive, God will enable you to change your world.
I want to take a look at three facts about attitude before I wrap up today’s entry.
1) Your attitude reveals the real you.
Your attitude is more important than facts, circumstances, what people say, your past, your education and your money. It goes much deeper than thought. It comes from the core of your being. Your attitude represents your disposition, your outlook, your very character.
Proverbs 23:7 reads: For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.
Your attitude always becomes actions or reactions.
Picture a jack-in-the-box. You turn the handle and hear the mulberry bush tune and…snap…the lid pops open and…SURPRISE!…there he is. Our attitudes are like that. When we least expect it, they pop out and cause others to dislike us.
This is actually quite sobering for me. Looking back, when I’ve acted out in a way that wasn’t right, I simple shrug it off by saying sorry and that I didn’t mean it; and wonder where on earth it came from.
It came from inside…within our heart. We need to understand that it may not be because we had a bad day, but that our hearts may have gotten rotten over something.
2) Your attitude determines the success/failure of relationships in your life.
Know that your attitude affects every relationship in your life. Think of a jar with a loose lid. A bad attitude is eventually going to spill out into some negative actions, destructive words and deeds.
Read through Numbers 12:1-11. You’ll find the story of Moses and his siblings, Aaron and Miriam. Check out the difference in attitudes. See what I’m getting at?
Often times, the things we criticize and get all stirred up about are not the problem at all. The problem is our own, bad, sick attitude. We’ve all seen bad attitudes destroy relationships (marriages, families, etc.).
3) Your attitude is always your choice.
Picture this: Two men in prison. One looks through the bars and sees only mud. The other looks through the bars and sees the moon and stars. They are both in the same place. So, what is the difference? It’s the attitude of choice.
Beyond any doubt, the human mind is the most awesome creation of God. With it, God has given us the ability to think, reason and choose whether we will focus on positive thoughts or negatives thoughts. The choice is up to us.
Understand that you can’t choose what will happen to you today, but you can choose how you will perceive it; how you will react to it; and respond.
Maybe you’re feeling broken; your life having taken a turn for the worse. A lot of things have gone wrong and it seems like everything else is about to fall on top of you. You’re weary, overwhelmed and it seems that your hopes and dreams are fading fast.
I know from personal experience that it’s not easy when life knocks you on the head. Believe me, I’ve been there and I’m there now. By the grace of God I can choose to get back up; to dust myself off and move forward, taking it one day/step at a time.
No matter what has happened, that attitude choice is still yours.