John Maxwell, the accomplished ministry mentor says, “Your attitude determines your altitude.” Your chosen perspective or disposition will flavor your outlook, and your outlook will determine the degree of joy and success you achieve in this life. The trouble is, this world will challenge you and shade your outlook. Life can look so defeated that we become established in a bad attitude and live miserably in opposition to the will and promises of God.
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 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. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you. – Philippians 4:4-9
The Apostle Paul gives us some sound instruction as to attitude adjustment in order to achieve the peace and promise of God. Rejoice in all circumstances. No matter how hopeless or dark the outcome may appear, remember that the Lord is near. Our Savior’s promise is that He is with us always even unto the end of the age. If God is for us, if He is with us, who or what can come against us? Our attitude should be one of confidence because the Lord is on our side.
Pray with thankful hearts about everything. Let all things that might steal your peace and your good attitude be known to God. Purposefully put the challenges of every day in the hands of God. Lay them at the foot of the cross and leave them there. Share your needs with brothers and sisters who will pray confidently. Ask the Lord to guard your heart and your mind, imparting to you a healthy attitude.
Think on the good, count your blessings, and focus on the truth. Try not to jump to conclusions or buy into worst-case scenarios. Allow the good around you to bring light to your path. Try not to be certain that what you dread is right around the corner. Lift your chin to see the bright and beautiful work of God around you.
And take what you have learned and heard in your spiritual growth, and put it into practice. Remember the Bible passages that have been significant to you. Sing or listen to the music that inspires you. Stay in your devotion book, study your Bible, make time for meaningful prayer, and worship and praise the Lord because He is who He is. Putting your spiritual tools to work when things are glum, will lift you up to where you can see the presence of God.
Have you been too grumpy, defeated and negative? Take Paul’s words to heart and give yourself a ‘negativectomy’. You will be blessed by the attitude adjustment and gain a clearer perspective of the work of God in your life and in the world around you. You will also find that your attitude will open up God’s purpose for your life and your part in God’s kingdom.