An attitude is, “a mental position or feeling with regard to an object”. In other words, our attitude is related to our outlook on life and how we view situations that come our way. Our attitudes will affect the way we view things, whether for the good or for the bad. Like the individuals in this story.
The noted English architect Sir Christopher Wren was supervising the construction of a magnificent cathedral in London. A journalist thought it would be interesting to interview some of the workers, so he chose three and asked them this question, “What are you doing?” The first replied, “I’m cutting stone for 10 shillings a day.” The next answered, “I’m putting in 10 hours a day on this job.” But the third said, “I’m helping Sir Christopher Wren construct one of London’s greatest cathedrals.”
Every day we make decisions that affect our attitude. It is more up to us than we realize. It’ s not up to our circumstances. Right in front of us is the choice. We can do something about our attitude.
4 ways to have a right attitude
(these are adapted from Chris Hodges sermon “Good medicine“)
1. Make the choice every day.
Most of us make the choice from time to time to have a right attitude but we need to make the choice every day. We need to choose to have the right attitude every day. Our attitude will not take care of itself. Most of us think that our attitude is not our fault because life is just what happens to us. The truth is: Life is 10% of what happens to us and 90% of how you respond to it. We can’t always control what happens to us but we can control how we respond to what happens to us.
2. Develop a high appreciation for life.
This is our life’s philosophy. We can see the glass as half empty or half full. To develop a high appreciation for life we need to learn to be grateful in everything. No matter what we are facing we need to remember that there is always something to be thankful for.
3. Find something positive in everything.
It is easy to have a right attitude when everything is going great but when things are not great we need to find something positive. We need to learn to retrain our minds to look for the positive instead of the negative.
4. Turn everything over to God.
Too often we try to handle the things that life throws at us by ourselves. We need to give everything over to God and when we do, we are promised that “the peace of God which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and minds” (Philippians 4:7).
Which of these do you find the hardest to do?