Over the years, the idea of having a positive attitude, an attitude of gratitude, a vision of hope, has been reinforced in many books, talks and articles.
It is your attitude, not your aptitude, that determines your altitude. Zig Ziglar
A bad attitude is like a flat tire. If you don't change it, you'll never go anywhere. Author Unknown
Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you respond to it. Author Unknown
I've been listening to a great CD set on Conscious Languaging by Marcella Von Harting and Robert Tennyson Stevens and am realizing that often I limit myself by my attitude, which leads to the thoughts, words and actions that I choose. If I have a limiting attitude, put myself down or tell myself that it is going to be a crummy day, or life will always be difficult, then that will become my reality. I can see the glass half empty or half full. People will respond to me based on my expectations, word choices, body language and a thousand other cues and signals.
Scripture is full of instructions, commands and warnings concerning our attitude and thoughts. Here are just a couple that challenge me to trust in God, thank him in all things and believe He brings good out of all circumstances.
*Proverbs 23:7 "For just as a man thinketh in his heart, so is he"
*Philippians 4:4 "Rejoice in the Lord always! And again I will say, rejoice!"
*Romans 8:28 "And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose."
*Philippians 4:8 "Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things."
Romans 12:2 "Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will."