About two weeks ago, in my morning prayer, I was just frustrated.
Ever been there?
Trying circumstances led me to a vent session asking God “Why does this have to be so hard?”
One thing I have learned in my faith walk, when you ask God a question, you better be ready for the absolute, purified, non-sugarcoated truth.
That morning I received some. It turns out I had an attitude problem.
It wasn’t the answer I was hoping for but deep down I knew it was the truth. I had attitude. A bad one.
My difficult situations weren’t my problem but my attitude was.
The direction our days go are actually determined by our attitudes and not our circumstances or even the bad behavior of others although blaming circumstances and people is a lot easier than taking ownership of our attitudes.
I used to let other’s attitudes influence my own, adopting their energy as mine or I would spend my energy trying to fix their moods.
Hear me now – we can’t nor is it our job to manage the moods of others and any attempts to do so will only leave us frustrated and resentful.
Taking others’ moods personally has the same effect. You are only responsible and accountable for your own.
Attitude dictates success or failure.
We get to choose our attitudes and are responsible for adjusting them when necessary.
When I hear myself being negative, hyper-sensitive, whining, dreading, critical, focused on all that’s going wrong or frustrated, I know it is time for an attitude adjustment.
Paul tells us to “Do all things without complaining or disputing that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world. Phil 2:14-15
Your attitude and mine are a part of our message, the sermon our lives preach every day.
What are others hearing in our sermon?