Improving R Attitude

 

    Steps leading nowhere
Steps leading nowhere

Several years ago while in Poland teaching at a conference during a break I took a short walk and found these rather interesting steps. Steps that led to “no place”.  In our lives we trudge up the steps making choices only to discover when reaching the summit it is not the place we thought we were headed. Then frustration settles in, next our outlook towards life in general changes. The good news is that we can shift from a negative to a positive attitude.

“To be made new in the attitude of your minds”. Ephesians 4:23 (NIV)

How are we feeling about the people around us today? What approach are we taking toward the challenges that are facing us this week? Do we feel grouchy and aggravated about life in general? Are we looking forward to each day with renewed optimism? Are we looking at life with a buoyant “can do” spirit? Our life, good or not so good, consists in the accumulation of our choices. Our mental disposition, which is the way we view life, forms our attitude.

It is as though we are holding a handful of wet clay. We have the ability to mold the clay into a demon-like figure or that of an angel. The Bible tells us we can mold our character into one of grace and purpose or into one driven by fear and hate. It is our choice. Some people think that the attitude they live with is programmed into their mind never to be changed. Not so! God has given us the ability of renewing the attitude of our mind.

At this point in my writing I could write in big bold letters: “Change our attitude” and be done with it. That would be like me standing on the beach, yelling to a drowning man; “Float man, float!” He can’t and doesn’t know how. This is the same with our attitude, some are not aware that it can be changed or do not know how to go about it. But, wonder of wonders, I can change from a negative to a positive attitude. Just as I would throw a rope to the drowning man to grab onto, I have some “choice ropes” that can pull my mind in a more positive direction.

“There is a choice you have to make in everything you do. So keep in mind that in the end, the choice you make, makes you.”- John Wooden

Choice Rope #1. Grab onto the realization that everyone has problems. In fact every miracle recorded in the Bible started out as a problem. Let’s not feast on the problem, instead dig for the solution! Where problems live, solutions abound. Pray, believe and ask God to direct us to the solution. Go to a trusted friend or pastor, clearly define the challenge and actually ask if they have a solution. Just don’t let the problem define your attitude. When you have gathered a few choice solutions, pray and think over the course of action. Then work the solution, not the problem. It is a whole lot more fun and productive working on a solution than it is on a problem!

Choice Rope #2. Hold onto these 3 very important statements found in Rev. 12:11.

  1. People overcame him by the blood of the Lamb / believing in someone bigger than themselves.
  2. By the word of their testimony / remembering past victories big and small.
  3. They did not love their lives to the death / never give up!  

The focus of your attention determines your attitude. Our Lord has all wisdom. Surely you have had some victories to celebrate and you must not give in to complacency.  Begin writing a list of the many times your prayers were answered. Jot down a list of victories. This list provides a powerful tool in your hands to overcome a negative attitude. Last, never give in or give up. At times your troubles seem to be insurmountable but knowing you have; (1.) help, (2.) a list and (3.) you are not giving up, will serve you well in building a more positive attitude. These steps lead to a more positive summit.

Welcome to; The Richer Side of Life

Richard

Sing!

I remember when songs had real meaning, (I say this with tongue firmly planted in cheek) back in the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. I was driving my 1950 Ford. My second car that I brought in 1960. I drove and listened with the radio turned up loud. Here is a picture of my car. The number one song

             My 1950 Ford
My 1950 Ford

during 1958 for 6 weeks was Purple People Eater sung by Sheb Wooley.  Then, the Chipmunk Song by the Chipmunks with David Seville. In 1960, Elvis Presley pined Are You Lonesome Tonight? 1966 the New Vaudeville Band introduced us to, Winchester Cathedral. During the 70”s Crystal Gayle belted out; Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue. Then in 1961 the song, Moon River was introduced to us by Henry Mancini which you can listen to in 148 different versions. Now I’m waxing nostalgic! These songs are listed as the “Golden Oldies”. Songs can be purchased on cassette tapes, maybe even 8-Tracks, and surely on 78 RPM records. But the world moves on constantly singing new songs, I love the old hymns, Count Your Blessings, The Old Rugged Cross, Holy, Holy, Holy, Oh, How I Love Jesus all written in the late 1800s. These inspire me. In addition there are the choruses; This Is The Day, Our God Is An Awesome God, Jesus Name of Above All Names,  Shout To The Lord and Blessed be the Name of the Lord. Each chorus expresses my love for God in an anointed manner. The secular song titles above provide an anchor to my youthful days. I’m not throwing them by the wayside since they remind me that I was young and now am “older”. I must admit that I haven’t listened to them since my youth. But I remember them. The hymns pull my heart and soul back to a time when God made Himself real to me. These are treasures to me. Ah, those old familiar choruses draw me back to a significant spiritual growth phase in my life.  Sing unto him a new song; play skillfully with a loud noise. King David in Psalm 33:3 These are chapters in the book of my life, none will be discarded! At present my book is not finished and neither is yours. Our life book is continually being written and new songs will be heard. Oh, how wonderful for the new songs being written. With all the strife and negativity in the world, it is great to be singing new positive songs of praise to our Redeemer! I know my Redeemer lives and I’ll keep listening for new songs to worship Him. Sing, sing with all our might! Welcome to the Richer Side of Life, Richard