Attitude Adjustment

A couple of weeks ago I noticed I was feeling discontented with the way things in my life are going. My discontent was resulting in a bad attitude.

I knew there was a problem with my attitude and needed an attitude adjustment. I began praying about it, asking God to help me. But not much was changing. It was during my prayer time one morning that the Lord showed me the answer to my problem.

In my experience, when I pray about a problem and ask God to help me He usually shows me things I’m doing wrong or changes I need to make. In this case, I needed to adjust my focus.

I was focusing on all that was going wrong instead of all that was going right. My misdirected focus was causing ungratefulness resulting in a bad attitude.

When we focus on what we don’t have or all that’s going wrong instead of our many blessings, we end up with a discontented dissatisfied heart that surfaces in our attitude.

A bad attitude affects our relationship with those closest to us and the Lord. It causes us to distance ourselves from both. We unwittingly blame them for all that’s going wrong.

Once I redirected my focus, joy and gratefulness returned. My circumstances hadn’t changed but my view had.

Psalm 103:1-5 Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits- who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagles.

When we focus on all the good in our lives our complaining turns to praise, our discontent turns to satisfaction, and our ungratefulness turns to appreciation.

1 Thessalonians 5:18 “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

Are you feeling discontented with life? Do you find yourself complaining a lot or maybe feeling a little depressed?

I’d like to challenge you to list the good things in your life. Now, just begin to thank God for all He has blessed you with. You will begin to notice that joy is replacing sadness.

Proverbs 17:22a A cheerful heart is a good medicine.

This is Thanksgiving week. Let’s focus on the good in our lives. Let’s thank God for all that He’s given us, done for us, and brought us through. Not just this one time of the year but every day of the year.

James 1:17 “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”

I pray you all will have a wonderful Thanksgiving and that your hearts and homes will be filled with joy and praise. God bless you all!

~Patrice Maguire

Dear God, I know I am a sinner, and I ask for Your forgiveness. I believe Jesus Christ is Your Son. I believe that He died for my sin and that You raised Him to life. I want to trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord, from this day forward. Guide my life and help me to do Your will through the power of Your Holy Spirit. I pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen.

 

Attitude of Gratitude

Let’s be honest! There are things that we have to do in life that we really just don’t like to do or don’t want to do for that matter. A lot of those things are things that we have to do because other people are depending on us. We do them but we might be complaining the whole time or thinking and saying, “I’ll be glad when this is over.”

Let’s take dusting for example. I dislike dusting very much. I confess that it is my least favorite chore. However, I’ve found a way to make it a little more enjoyable.

Instead of complaining about having to dust or having a bad attitude while dusting, I’ve started thanking God that I have a house and things in my house that need to be dusted. Wow! What a change that has made. I’m amazed at how just a little gratitude has transformed my attitude.

What are some things that you dislike doing? Do you hate mowing the lawn? Thank God you have a lawn to mow. Do you hate your job? Thank God you have a job that pays the bills and puts food on the table. Do you hate cooking? Thank God you have food to cook. Do you hate grocery shopping? Thank God you have money to buy groceries. See how that works?

God has plenty to say about being grateful and thankful. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 says we should give thanks in all circumstances. I’m guessing that household chores, jobs, mowing the lawn, cooking and grocery shopping would all fall into the category of “all circumstances.”

Psalm 107:1 says to give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever. So that house we have to clean, that lawn we have to mow, that food we have to cook and that money we have to buy groceries are all a result of God’s goodness and love. I don’t know about you but I’m feeling more grateful already.

And Psalm 147:7 says to sing to the Lord with grateful praise. Singing while we work? Or how about whistling while we work (haha thinking about that cute song in Snow White). Now that will change your attitude for sure! And it’s likely to rub off on everyone else around you.

Imagine the conversations you could start with people if you were joyful while you were working. Imagine the glory it could bring to God if when they ask, “Why are you so happy?” And you tell them that you are joyful because you are thankful for all that God has provided for you.

Wow! It just goes to show that a little gratitude can go a long way. Even further than you might think.

~Patrice Maguire