The Attitude Of Gratitude
Some say, ‘The only thing that never changes is that everything changes.’ Not entirely.
Many things remain constant, one of which is the impact of our attitude.
It might be an exaggeration to say, ‘Attitude is everything,’ however, it’s no exaggeration to say, ‘Attitude affects everything.’
For instance, when was the last time you or I had a bad attitude? Sure, we have our reasons. Maybe it’s as simple as a couple of days ago when we missed out on lunch. No food led to a bad mood, and a bad mood digressed into a bad attitude. Whatever the excuse, it doesn’t take much to picture having a bad attitude.
Here’s a question, did having a bad attitude make the day better? Did it solve a problem? Clear up an argument? Build morale? Did the poor attitude strengthen a relationship?
Would you date or marry someone who believes their bad attitude is a love language? Would you hire someone with a bad attitude? Does a child with a bad attitude make parenting easier? Does a parent with a bad attitude make being a child easier?
But a good attitude, even a great attitude can be a difference maker in every area of life. Having a great attitude attracts more favor on our lives and creates more flavor in our life.
I think one key to having a better attitude is realizing that we can’t wait for our circumstances to change before changing our attitude. Instead of letting our situation determine our attitude, let’s allow our great attitude to influence our situation.
Our attitude improves when we look at things differently. It’s a matter of perspective.
I recently read, ‘In the middle ages, before we knew much about microbiology, the rising of bread dough was seen as the action of a higher being. Yeast was called ‘godisgoode.’ They called it that ‘Because it cometh at the great grace of God.’
We now know better, but if God created the yeast, why not say, ‘God is good’ when the dough rises? Why not be grateful? Why not have a great attitude?
Philippians 4:8 says, ‘Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.’
A great attitude expresses gratitude.
Let’s fix our thoughts on what’s good and honorable in those around us. Instead of looking for what’s wrong, let’s look at what’s right in others, even what’s good in our life.
Practice gratitude for what we take for granted.
Foster a great attitude by practicing gratitude for what we take for granted.
Expressing thankfulness for our breath, our bed, our food, our toothpaste, and our wi-fi, etc., may seem a bit weird. But try it and notice the immediate difference it makes in your attitude, your situation, even your life.