Right Attitudes

 

Right Attitudes

A wise man once said, ""As a man thinks in his heart so is he" (Prov 23:7). It's amazing the things we do that start with a thought. New job, change of career, buying some article, starting a relationship - and the list continues. However when our decisions stem from a series of held beliefs, that is what we mean when we use the term attitude. 

I remember once hearing Dr Caroline Leaf, a scientist who specialises in the working of the brain. state that one's attitude determines the quality of their lives, which confirms what the wise man mentioned above says.

A person can get their beliefs from any number of sources - friends, experiences, learning, upbringing, authority figures in their lives, and their own thought processes, to name but a few. However, if any of the beliefs are wrong then their attitude will be affected and so will their behaviour, particularly when they are faced with a situation that could clash with their belief system. How we respond and or react to situations can determine the outcome. 

Sometimes if we're not careful we can have more of a negative than a positive thinking towards what we believe - Ill-health, negative experiences and just the pressures of life can affect us in one way or another! However, it is better to have a positive attitude for it is easier for you to overcome the situation you may be finding yourself in. 

Paul in writing to the Philippian Christians says, "Your attitude should be the kind that was shown us by Jesus Christ, who, though he was God, did not demand and cling to his rights as God, but laid aside his mighty power and glory, taking the disguise of a slave and becoming like men. And he humbled himself even further, going so far as actually to die a criminal’s death on a cross" (Phil 2:5-8 TLB). What a challenge this can be for all of us. 

Having positive and healthy thoughts can help us to respond in a different manner to situations as opposed to negative thoughts! It is with our minds that we choose to accept or reject the lies and suggestions of the enemy. It is with our minds that we choose to embrace the things that God says and therefore adopt an attitude of peace irrespective of what may be going on around us.

Think for a moment, what is your attitude towards someone you do not like or get on with? What should it be like and is there any way you need to change to imitate the very life of Jesus? If we were all to adopt a positive attitude instead of a selfish one - society would be a much better place. Wouldn't it?

Before Jesus was crucified He faced a trumped-up trial, where His accusers had already made up their minds that they wanted Him crucified. In response to their attitude Jesus kept quiet and would not rise to the false accusations of His accusers, because He knew that this was something He had to face - and as a result was triumphant in the long run.  

Instead of waiting for others to change, why not take a step to be the one who will seek to bring about personal change. You might be surprised at what such a step might accomplish.