I’ve got a bad attitude today. I guess that’s why the following quote from Chuck Swindoll stood out to me so much: “The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, the education, the money, than circumstances, than failure, 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… a church… a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past… we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. And so it is with you… we are in charge of our Attitudes” (as found on ThinkExist website). Munch on that. Do you agree or disagree with his sentiments? He’s probably correct (he usually is). As a result, my bad attitude is a bad decision! What do you do when you find yourself “in the dumps”? I typically mope around awhile, looking for a dog to kick, before being reminded either internally or externally to follow the counsel of the authors of Psalm 42. Do you recall their advice written to their own souls? Hope in God (42:5, 11). Hope–that’s a repeated message I have been seeing lately (at least twice this week I distinctly recall seeing that specific concept brought to my attention). Why should I hope in God? Psalm 42 tells me. Consider the context: “Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise Him, my Salvation and my God” (42:11). Let me ask you–is God desiring from me a bad attitude or a hopeful attitude? OK! OK! I’ll choose hope! Will you join me in that attitude adjustment today?
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