Thursday, July 8, 2010

Attitudes are contagious. Are yours worth catching? -Wendy Mannering

Ever felt like you just had a bad day?
I have.
I had one pretty recently actually. All I wanted to do was come home, wallow in self-pity and maybe cry a little. Because things didn't go the way I wanted them to.
But, as I was sitting in the car on the way home, I got to thinking of all the good things that happened that day. Things that could have not happened, and yet they did.
Sometimes I look past those little things that made my day a blessing. No matter what is going on, I am always blessed. I am blessed to be wearing clothing, blessed to have had a meal, blessed to be able to take a breath on my own.
A lot of times when people have a rough day, they tend to blame it on God. But the fact of the matter is that both Christians and non-Christians alike will have good times and bad times.

Matthew 5:45 (New International Version)
He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.

That was the verse that came to my mind during my "bad day." God doesn't sit up in heaven and decide that I am going to be frustrated. Life will run it's course and some bad thing are going to happen. My response to that is what really makes an effect on what kind of day I have. Our attitude and reaction makes the biggest difference in our lives. Because, quite frankly, in comparison to some other people in the world, I had a fabulous day. It was just my selfishness that got in the way of everything. Because I decided to be kind of mopey and woe is me. I chose to act like that, instead of looking at God and thanking Him for the good in my life.

Philippians 2:5 (New Living Translation) You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.

So this is what we do to overcome those bad days. We base our attitude off of Jesus. We see what kind of attitude He had. Three things came to mind when I thought about Jesus' attitude.
The first thing that came to mind was that He was selfless. He always looked to others needs instead of His own. He did not act like everything was about Him, even though it was.
Secondly, He was sacrificial. For the last couple years of His life, Jesus gave up a permanent home, food, personal belongings, family, friends, and worldly comfort. He gave all of those things up so that He could minister to others. Then He made the Ultimate Sacrifice by dieing on the cross for our sins!
Third of all, He was a servant. Although He deserves the highest praise, He gave that up to serve others, to humble Himself, to wash others feet.

Decide to have a good attitude. Choose to have the same attitude as Christ. That is what really makes an impact on your life. And besides that just making an affect on your own life, it will affect the lives of others around you.

In His Love,

1 comment:

Nikki said...

This reminds me of a sermon our senior pastor gave a few months back... We can't choose what happens to us, only how we respond to it. And our attitudes are basically the only thing in our life that we can control. So even when we don't "feel like it" we need to be thankful and joyful, because no matter what happens God is always good. :)

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