Enslaved by a Bad Attitude?

Posted by Stacy Lewis on March 14, 2014 @ 6:33 PM

Written by: Jeremy Prichard

Have you ever met someone who always seems to fear the worst?  Think the worst?  Or maybe even subconsciously hope for the worst just so there would be something for them to keep talking about?  Those people have enslaving attitudes; attitudes that rob them of their freedom to be and do good.

With all that’s going on in the world today and knowing that we have so many brothers in Christ whose freedoms have been taken away for various reasons – war, prison, sin, etc. – we need to work hard to make sure we don’t rob ourselves of our own freedoms through bad attitudes.

Here are three suggestions to help with the temptation of a bad attitude. 

1)      “Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord, rather than for men.” (Col. 3:23)  In other words, “humble yourself and HE will lift you up”!  This is true not just in work, but in life.

2)      “…if there is anything good, anything worthy of praise, think on these things.” (Phil. 4:8)

3)      “Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” (John Wooden)

Consider printing this and reading it every time you feel yourself tempted to have a bad attitude.  Will you also share it with others so they may do the same?

“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life.  Attitude, to me, is more important than facts.  It is more important than the past, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do.  It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill.

It will make or break a company…a church…a home.

The remarkable think is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day.  We cannot change our past…we cannot change the fact that people will act a certain way.  We cannot change the inevitable.  The only think we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude.  I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.  And so it is with you…

We are in charge of our attitudes.” (Charles Swindoll)

Oh, to be able to reach such faith and maturity to say, like Paul, “I have learned, in whatever state I am in, therein to be content.” (Phil. 4:11)

Now smile – Jesus loves you!!

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