Adjust Your Attitude | It Paves Your Way

In every situation and circumstance, we have the opportunity to choose what kind of attitude we will bring to it. And our choice will determine what kind of outcome we walk away with.

If we enter in with joy, expectation, and love, we open our eyes to the ways and things of God, even in the darkest days.

If we enter in with negativity, uncertainty, and anxiety, we close our eyes to the ways and things of God, causing even the brightest days to be darkened.

Our attitude affects every situation and circumstance we encounter…

Join us as we discover how our attitude can either open or shut our eyes to the Lord’s blessings… and how it can affect others in the Kingdom.

Attitude, Why it is Important

We all have good days and bad. And while circumstances can certainly affect how we view a period of time, our attitude has a lot to do with whether we see God’s hand in it or not

If we have a negative attitude—giving in to anger, dissatisfaction, doubt, unbelief, pride, and the like—then that becomes the filter through which everything flows…

Change becomes intimidating, scary, and annoying.

Waiting becomes arduous, unpleasant, and disruptive.

And through that false view, many things which are good are viewed as bad.

Yet, if in those same situations we have a positive attitude—turning our attention toward God, choosing to walk in love, peace, expectation, faith, and humility—then we come away with an entirely different view…

Change becomes exciting, joyful, and full of possibility.

Waiting becomes an opportunity for the stretching of the patience God desires in us, even aligning us to better things and allowing experiences we otherwise would miss out on…

And many things which appear negative become good. Allowing us to see God’s hand at work in all situations and circumstances. Directing our gaze back to God!

Yes, we may come through a situation even with a negative attitude, but often it leaves us tired, embittered, or just plain grouchy. It is far better to see things through God’s gaze and find joy even in the darkest circumstances than to struggle through with a negative mindset!

Yet, a negative mindset brings worse issues than simply weariness and ill-temper. It takes us to a place where we are not ready to receive every good thing that God has for us because the false narrative of our soul (mind, will, and emotions) blinds our view. So much so that God could open a door right in front of us and we still might not see His hand in it… thereby rejecting the opened door. Or, alternatively, we might try to force open a door God has closed for us, wasting time—or worse still, drawing us into enmity with God…

Attitude paves our way and determines our direction. 

A positive attitude paves a smooth path, while a negative attitude creates a bumpy one. This is why we need to have the right attitude. The right mindset. So that we can walk in God’s best and highest…

Yellow road sign on a desert highway that reads your attitude determines your direction and that we need to adjust our attitude to be on the right path.

Attitude Adjustment

When a child has an attitude that is out of alignment with what is expected in a situation, we tend to notice it, because—especially in young children—nearly everything that is thought and felt is expressed. Be it in words or actions. Yet, when we get older, most people begin to conceal any attitude that they think is inappropriate to a situation.

For instance… if someone is working in customer service and failing to align their attitude with God’s, they will—usually—hide it behind the persona of what is expected. Yet, really, at least in their thought life, they may well be as emotionally out of alignment as any child who has given in to a negative attitude. They simply have gotten better at hiding it…

Yet, while the adult may be able to conceal their negative attitude, thereby avoiding many of the negative repercussions in a situation, really, the resulting turmoil within them is not too dissimilar from a child’s…

A child may pout with their lips, while an adult may think that they want what they want now.

A child may stomp their foot, while an adult may be struggling to keep their inner turmoil from turning into physical action.

A child may hit someone, while an adult may want to and is fighting against that desire.

However, because of these negative attitudes, both the child and the adult can miss out. They can fail to see the beauty around them. They can fail to see all of the good things in a situation as they fixate on the one thing they want or want to change. And they can fail to receive the blessing that comes with aligning to God’s ways. Or worse still… they can pull others into similar lies and negative attitudes…

God desires us to implement self-control, which refraining from putting negative thoughts into action certainly is. When we adjust our attitude and take our thoughts captive to God’s will, self-control becomes easier. Dramatically so!

“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”

—Romans 12:2

Consider this scenario…

Someone cuts you off in traffic, forcing you to slam on your brakes to barely avoid rear-ending them… but there was no one behind you and therefore no reason for them to pull in front of you. If you had a negative attitude before that moment, the amount of self-control needed to avoid becoming angry is probably going to be pretty great. Yet, if earlier that day you had prayerfully put on the mind of Christ, you might still need some self-control for this situation, but any anger you might experience is likely to be lessened, shorter-lived, and seen through clearer eyes—God’s. The situation may not change, but we, through the attitude of our thoughts, can experience it differently…

This can be the same for anything. Big or small. When we walk in a negative attitude, things like spilling a glass of milk on the floor or someone tracking dirt into the house can be blown out of proportion—allowing anger, tears, or other excessive emotional responses. Yet, when we put on the mind of Christ and thereby adjust our attitude to His, things like having a flat tire or having to sit in a waiting room for hours are met with a lot more patience than is typically found in the world… and a lot more joy!

Yes, having the mind of Christ does not mean that our flesh will never rear up and cause us to overreact or to miss the opportunities God places before us. But it will allow us to walk in step with the Lord far more often. It will shift us to view the world, people, situations, and circumstances, through God’s eyes… allowing us to see His perfect truth.

The Word of God says that we have the mind of Christ!

“These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one. For ‘who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him?’ But we have the mind of Christ.”

—1 Corinthians 2:13-16

And that we have the power—through Him—to take our thoughts captive!

“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.”

—2 Corinthians 10:3-6

It is time for us to adjust our attitude to God’s. Not only to remember, but to decree out loud that we have the mind of Christ! That, through God, we take our thoughts captive!

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