Friday, November 19, 2010

Attitude Adjustment


1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

I have to admit that sometimes it's a little too easy for me to look around and see the mistakes or shortcomings of others.  I've been feeling kind of bad about my negative attitude concerning some issues and people.  These verses have been on my mind a great deal today.  In fact, I can't stop thinking about it.  It's a sign that instead of pointing my finger at others, I need to point my finger at myself. 

I need an attitude adjustment

Here's my three-step program to adjust my attitude and apply 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18. 

1.  I should be joyful and celebrate all of the good things in my life instead of groaning and complaining about trivial things that don't really matter. 

2.  When I feel tempted to be negative and criticize others, I should pray.  Pray for that person, pray for the situation and pray for my attitude and that my actions will be pleasing to God.

3.  My life is full of blessings, which I should thank God for continually.  If I am consistently being thankful for the good in my life then there's not going to be a lot of time to dwell on the negative. 

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 is such a good reminder on how to change your attitude and perspective.  Maybe the circumstances in which I'm involved won't change, but I know my point of view will if I apply these verses.



7 comments:

  1. Yup, such a great reminder. Gratitude has to be the attitude, but sometimes it's a tough thing to keep in mind.

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  2. Beautiful truth, hard but beautiful. Being thankful in all is not always easy, but God will provide all the strength that you need.

    Cha Cha

    Just said a prayer for you

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  3. Thank you, ladies. I appreciate your kind words of encouragement.

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  4. Going to put this verse up in my house for those days when I need a reminder. Praying for you and all of us who need an attitude adjustment :-)

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  5. I this reminder daily. I gripe about a lot of things. I'm embarrassed by it at times. Then God reminds me of all my blessings and I am quick to realize how much I take for granted. Rejoice is such a powerful word. I love it. I love your pic too. Is that from your trip? Thanks so much for linking up!!

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  6. so true. attitude adjustment over changing of circumstances.....whew, that's a hard one. thanks for the reminder!!
    <3

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