Attitudes That Win - Part 2

Attitudes That Win - Part 2

December 04, 2013 at 4:12 PM

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Having godly attitudes is a hard choice

Developing godly attitudes is like swimming against the tide, in comparison, developing bad attitudes is like going with the flow or taking the path of least resistance. Another way of looking at it is that cultivating bad attitudes is as easy as growing weeds, while cultivating godly attitudes is like growing good fruit, it takes consistent hard work and effort.

Victor Frankl suffered greatly in a German concentration camp. He lost everything, including family members, and was subjected to terrible mistreatment. In the midst of his darkest hours of pain and injustice and abuse he said these now famous words. “The one thing you cannot take from me is the way I choose to respond to what you do to me. The last of one's freedom is to choose one's attitude in any given circumstance.”

Extreme examples of great attitudes, as we see with Victor Farnkl and Jesus, and others like them, inspire us because they show that it’s possible to have good attitudes in difficult circumstances.

Let’s look at the benefits of having positive attitudes

Better quality of life

Attitude determines how we do in life, success or failure, whether we are happy or miserable, make friends or enemies and so on. Someone has said, “a happy person is not a person with a certain set of circumstances but a person with a certain set of attitudes.” Isn’t that the truth, but as we all know it’s easier said than done.

A pastor had an old lady in his church, who he said was like a magnet because everybody was drawn to her. When he got to know her a bit better he was surprised at how difficult her life had been. She’d nursed an invalid husband for 10 years before he died, and her children said before that he’d been a cranky and demanding husband. Her married children had their share of trouble and had brought her a lot of heartache over the years, but she remained a cheerful and loving person with a great sense of humour. Finally the pastor asked this lady what her secret was, she replied it was simple, when she got up each morning she had two choices, be happy or be unhappy.

More of God’s grace

 

1 Peter 5:5

Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for

“God resists the proud,
But
gives grace to the humble.”

 

We see from Philippians 2:5 that humility was the attitude of Jesus. When we take on the humble attitude, we receive more of God's grace.

Good attitudes help us to grow in God and mature as people

Having positive attitudes doesn’t mean we live in denial or that we don’t grieve our losses and things like that, but it does mean we remain thankful to God in the trials and that we rejoice in the reality that He will work all things out for our good.

Many outstanding people have faced huge trials that they have overcome by persisting with positive attitudes. Most of Paul’s epistles were written from prison; Abraham Lincoln was born in poverty; Franklin D. Roosevelt was struck down with infantile paralysis - and there are untold other inspiring examples.

Let’s decide today to work on, and practice, positive and biblical attitudes.




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