Attitude isn’t everything, but it will definitely make a difference in our outlook on life and it affects every area of our lives.
In a poll done by http://www.1000advices.com/polls/polls.html, people were asked what the key to happiness was. Here were the findings….
WHAT IS THE KEY TO HAPPINESS?
MENTAL ATTITUDE – 59%
LOVE – 23%
ACHIEVEMENTS – 8%
CREATIVE ACTIVITY – 5%
MONEY – 5%
Mental attitude, not things or people, was the key to happiness. It’s all about a state of mind.
Brian Tracy, a personal and business success author, shares this concerning attitude:
- FOCUS ON THE FUTURE
- FOCUS ON THE SOLUTION
- LOOK FOR THE GOOD
- LOOK FOR THE VALUABLE LESSON
IT IS NOT WHAT HAPPENS TO YOU THAT COUNTS. IT IS HOW YOU REACT TO WHAT HAPPENS TO YOU, ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU HAVE UNEXPECTED PROBLEMS OF ANY KIND.
DEVELOPING AND MAINTAINING A POSITIVE ATTITUDE HELPS YOU LIVE LONGER. YOU ARE LESS LIKELY TO SHOW SIGNS OF AGING, ARE LESS LIKELY TO BECOME FRAIL, AND ARE MORE LIKELY TO BE STRONGER AND HEALTHIER. NEGATIVE ATTITUDES MAKE YOU WEAKER.
The dictionary defines attitude: a settled way of thinking about someone or something. Synonyms are: mental state, mindset, disposition, perspective, point of view, opinion, way of thinking, thoughts, feelings, outlook, approach
Much can be found on the subject of attitude, but the foundation of it can be discovered in the bible.
WHEN WE THINK OF ATTITUDE MOST OF US THINK OF EITHER POSITIVE OR NEGATIVE AND THAT IS TRUE. EVERY ATTITUDE CAN BE PUT INTO EITHER OF THOSE two CATEGORIES. I WENT THROUGH THE BIBLE TO FIND WHAT SOME OF THOSE POSITIVE ATTITUDES WERE.
THANKFUL, COMPLIMENTARY, SERVANT, RESPECTFUL, TEACHABLE, KIND, OBEDIENT, PEACEFUL, WILLING, RIGHTEOUS, FLEXIBLE, GENTLE, CONSIDERATE, FRIENDLY, FORGIVING, HUMBLE, SUBMISSIVE, WISE, GRACIOUS, PATIENT….
Since attitude concerns a state of mind, Philippians 4:8 tells us what to think about:
Phil. 4:8 And now, dear brothers and sisters, let me say one more thing as I close this letter. Fix your thoughts on what is true and honorable and right. Think about things that are pure and lovely and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. NLT
In verse 6 Paul tells us not to worry, be anxious or fretful. Instead we should pray and give thanks. Thankful people have good attitudes. Worry, anxiety and fear create negative outlooks. Thankfulness causes us to think on what is good, true, honorable, just, right, excellent and praiseworthy. Thankfulness is a key to a good attitude.
Philippians 2:1-11 tells us to have the attitude of Christ which was that of a servant.
Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any comfort from his love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit? Are your hearts tender and sympathetic? Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one heart and purpose. Don’t be selfish; don’t live to make a good impression on others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourself. Don’t think only about your own affairs, but be interested in others, too, and what they are doing. Your attitude should be the same that Christ Jesus had. Though he was God, he did not demand and cling to his rights as God. He made himself nothing; he took the humble position of a slave and appeared in human form. And in human form he obediently humbled himself even further by dying a criminal’s death on a cross. Because of this, God raised him up to the heights of heaven and gave him a name that is above every other name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Jesus completed his mission because he had the right attitude. He humbled himself and had the attitude of a servant. He gave himself for others. When we give ourselves for people our focus gets off us and onto others. He positively went out to do his Father’s business. He was able to do this because he knew who he was. He was the son of God. In spite of how it looked, he never lost sight of it and it propelled him into having the attitude of a servant.
As we focus on being a child of God, it’s easy to have the attitude of a servant because we want to please our heavenly Father. Giving is part of God’s character and a part of ours since we are his children. Living a life to serve others fosters a positive attitude.
Joseph’s life found in the book of Genesis, exhibits taking on the attitude of a servant. Joseph was rejected by his brothers and sold into slavery. He could have had a bad attitude and not performed well on his job. He could have had a victim mentality. Instead he chose to have the attitude of a servant. He became the best in Potiphar’s house. Then when he was thrown in jail unjustly, he make the right hand man of the jailkeeper. He could have been bitter, but he chose to be better. Let’s allow his attitude to be an example to us.
In 1 Peter 3:1-6 Peter tells wives that their husbands can be won over by their godly behavior. He discourages focusing on outward beauty and encourages cultivating inner beauty. Let’s look at it God’s Word translation.
1Pet. 3:3 Wives must not let their beauty be something external. Beauty doesn’t come from hairstyles, gold jewelry, or clothes.
Peter tells us that beauty expresses itself in a gentle and quiet attitude. He isn’t telling us not to talk. He’s making a statement about attitude. Ladies, let’s face it, we create the atmosphere. It doesn’t matter where. It could be at the office, at home, school, out with others, wherever….If we have a bad attitude, everyone knows it. They can feel it and it screams when we walk into a room. When we have a gentle, quiet attitude, we bring peace and happiness to others.
Let’s look at the definitions and synonyms for these two words...
Gentle – having a mild and kind nature or manner; having a gracious and honorable manner
– to cause somebody to become less agitated by means of words or actions
KIND, TENDER, SYMPATHETIC, CONSIDERATE, UNDERSTANDING, COMPASSIONATE, GOOD-NATURED, MERCIFUL, SWEET-TEMPERED
Kind – having a generous, warm, compassionate nature; showing generosity or compassion; not harsh, unpleasant, or likely to have destructive effects; showing courtesy or caring about somebody; full of love
GOOD-NATURED, WARM-HEARTED, CARING, AFFECTIONATE, LOVING, WARM, CONSIDERATE, HELPFUL, THOUGHTFUL, UNSELFISH, COMPASSIONATE, ATTENTIVE, UNDERSTANDING, BIG-HEARTED, BENEVOLENT, FRIENDLY, HOSPITABLE.
A kind and gentle attitude brings exhibits tenderness, understanding, thoughtfulness, benevolence and warmth. One of the qualities that is displayed with a bad attitude is coldness. Everyone can feel it when we walk into a room.
This is only the tip of the iceberg concerning attitude. There are thousands of books written on the subject. I encourage you to study it for yourself from the bible and other resources. Be the one to make a positive difference in people’s lives everywhere you go. Be thankful and have the attitude of Christ.