Our attitude is the result of choice, not a condition. In other words, when you don’t have enough volunteers how is your attitude? When things are not going well in ministry and you feel like throwing in the towel, how is your attitude? When difficult situations arise in our life we either respond with the right attitude or react with the wrong one.
When a doctor gives you medicine to fight off a cold and your body doesn't handle it well we say that you have a negative reaction to the medicine. If your body is getting better from the medicine we say that you are responding well. Our attitudes should be responsive not reactive.
The best way to have an attitude worth catching is to make sure the inside is healthy. Matthew 15:18 NCV Says, What people say with their mouths comes from the way they think... So, we have to think differently. In other words, our attitudes are an indication of what is on the inside. Other people don’t create your spirit, they only reveal it.
Chuck Swindoll sums up attitude best when he says, “The longer I live the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude is more important than facts, it is more important than past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company, it will cause a church to soar or sink. It will be the difference between a happy home and home of horror. It’s attitude and the remarkable thing is, you have a choice everyday regarding the attitude you will embrace for that day. We can not change our past, we can not change the tick of the clock we can not change that march toward death, we can not change the fact that people will act a certain way, we can not change the inevitable. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I respond to it.”
Question: If attitudes are contagious, is yours worth catching today?
Philippians 4:8 NLT is a great place to start. 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.