Choosing To Have a Great Attitude!

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13 (NKJV)

I was watching a documentary video on a couple of older men, Paul Rodden, and Larry Murray — men who ride off-road dirt motorcycles.  They were both past the age of when most people would hang up their leathers; one being in his sixties, and the other in his seventies.  Both of the men talked about their first motorcycle, the memories of their youth, along with the experiences they had while riding throughout their lives.  Both are still riding regularly and they spoke of how riding was something they found great joy in. 

I really enjoyed the attitudes of these men and the way they viewed their challenges — both on the motorcycle and off.  Paul actually suffers from Meniere’s disease, a disorder of the inner ear causing severe bouts of vertigo, but he still rides.  Speaking about how the disease affects his riding and attitude he said, “Sometimes it’s not a lot of fun; it’s got to get better — you can’t quit, right?

As I thought about this I began to think about how we should have this same positive attitude in everything we do in life.  Despite what we face we can still choose whether we will have a good attitude or a poor one.  What we choose to think upon will probably dictate which one we will have.  If we will just remember that God is in control we will find ourselves having a greater peace and confidence in what we are facing, because we can place our trust in His perfect plan and will for our lives.  It is absolutely essential for us to foster good habits to bring about a good attitude. 

Q: What are some good habits we should incorporate to foster a good attitude?

First of all we must choose to have a good attitude.  We might not be able to change or even control what we are facing, but we can change and control our attitude.  Next, We should make it our goal to have a Christ-like character each day (Eph. 5:1).  We must make a goal to read the Bible, meditate, and then pray about the Scriptures we read daily (Phil. 4:8).  Once we have read God’s word we must now make a conscious decision to submit to His will (Rom. 12:2).  We must choose to believe we are capable of doing what He is asking with His help (Phil. 4:13).  Finally, we must remember everything we do, we should be doing it unto the Lord (Col. 3:17, 23; 1 Cor. 10:31).

I want to encourage you to think and pray upon these things today.  Choose to have a great attitude in everything you do. 

STUDY QUESTION: According to Philippians 4:13, are we capable of having a great attitude all the time?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you willing to do everything as if unto the Lord?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Choose to have a great attitude regardless of what you are facing.

MAKE THIS YOUR PRAYER TODAY: Father, thank You for reminding me how my attitude should be.  Thank You for giving me the ability to change my attitudes when it is poor.  Help me to remember Your promises when I am tempted to have a bad attitude.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Blessings upon your day, Scott


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