“You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which
being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds, and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.”
Ephesians 4: 22-24
How many of you remember going to church camp, conferences, or even worship services and a leader would shout out; “ATTITUDE CHECK!”? The response from the participating group would be; “PRAISE THE LORD!”. In other words, it was a barometer of how the group was feeling and an encouragement for everyone involved to have a good time, to take part and be in fellowship with God.
Our attitude affects our every day living. If we look at life or what we are doing with doom and gloom, it is going to be just that….doom and gloom. However, if we wake up every day ready to receive the blessings God has planned for us and with a smile on our face and heart there is nothing in this world that can pull us down.
In my last blog post; We Need to Bow Down I share how we need to spend time in the presence of God and how we need to kneel before Him. We have to empty ourselves before God so that He can fill us up again. It is in this moment of holiness with Him that we open our hearts, we tell Him we trust Him and His plan for us, and we make ourselves vulnerable to life’s events whether they may be good or bad. In other words, it is this time of holiness that puts our attitude into check.
The theme of Thoughts From The Porch is “Encouraging words for a busy world.” As the technology age began to evolve, we were told that these tools would make life easier. And, most times technology does make life easier and better. After all, it has given people like me a chance to express ourselves, share the gospel to people we may not ever encounter in person, re-connect with friends and loved ones, and to get information easier and faster. Yet, it seems since the technology era has taken off, people are working more hours, people can’t leave work at work and bring it home because a lot of what they do is by computer and the computer has become more portable via the Smart phone/iPhone. Thus, this business can affect our attitude on life and to those around us. In other words, there are times when we need to take time out and have an attitude check.
If I were to shout out to you at this moment ” ATTITUDE CHECK!!”, what would your response be? Would you be saying “PRAISE THE LORD” no matter the circumstances you are facing or would your response be; “don’t even ask” ?
Life is busy. Life is stressful. The economy is rough for everyone right now. It seems more and more people are hurting and are sick. Yet, if we change our attitude on these issues, praising the Lord comes so much easier. Instead, let’s look at things this way:
Life is busy Life is full of blessings at the moment
Life is stressful Life has given me the opportunity to spend more time in my Father’s presence
The economy is rough for everyone right now The economy has given me opportunities to count my blessings all the more and to share my blessings with those less fortunate
People are hurting and sick I have the opportunity to lend a hand to someone, encourage someone to look UP!
You see, life is all about our perspective and our attitude. I love the story Zig Ziglar shares in the video below:
- Let Every Thing that Hath Breath Praise the LORD. (Ps. 150:6) (newchanginglife.wordpress.com)
- How A Great Attitude Can Change Your Life (mountainmoverscoaching.wordpress.com)