A disrespectful, nasty attitude will get you NOWHERE in life.
The “I’m grown, I can do and say whatever I want to say” disposition some folks have stunts their growth, or diminishes it for that matter, so I ask… how low can you go?
By definition altitude means the height of an object or point in relation to sea level or ground level. Synonyms suggest that altitude means height and also means elevation. So if the saying is correct, your attitude determines your elevation in life?
I notice a lot of men and women have selfish personalities. Even if they don’t say very much, their actions speak for them. Say for instance, you are walking behind someone going into the same door. A selfish person will only open the door for themselves and walk through. A respectful person will hold the door open for you as they walk through. A non-selfish person will hold the door open for you and allow you to pass before them. (Too many instances I find myself in these predicaments going to and from my office suite. I digress.)
Attitude means everything in this world. It separates the willing, from the not. The favored, from the not. It separates the quality, from the not. It gives people something to talk about, in a good or bad way. A good attitude gets you in places others can’t go. It gets you high regard. People will ‘remember you’ because of your attitude. But if you are a selfish, stick in the mud type person whose always negative about everything, defensive with everything, always thinking the worst, and only thinking about yourself, people will not look to you for anything, frankly honest. No one wants to be around person who is always negative and never has anything good to say.
(Well, at least I don’t like to be around them!)
The bible talks clearly about how attitudes should be in this daily walk. We can clearly go to the scripture to line our attitude and (honestly) compare our actions with what our attitude should be like. We can always lie to ourselves, and repeat the cycle of negative behavior, but a person who wants real change would honestly look at themselves and their attitude.
#1 – Stop thinking on bad things!
Stop thinking about what’s always wrong, what could go better, what could be better. Stop always looking at the glass half empty!
Philippians 4:8 TLB
“And now, brothers, as I close this letter, let me say this one more thing: Fix your thoughts on what is true and good and right. Think about things that are pure and lovely, and dwell on the fine, good things in others. Think about all you can praise God for and be glad about.”
#2 – Stop complaining and making arguments!
When we whine about everything, it shows we can never be pleased in any type of way. This is not how people of God carry themselves. When we are in defense mode ready to ‘jump on’ someone because we don’t agree with them. Or we are defensive because we are too busy trying to prove our point. Our attitude stands in the way of what God is doing in our life.
Philippians 2:14 TLB
“ In everything you do, stay away from complaining and arguing.”
#3 – Still do what you have to do, despite the circumstances!
Sometimes circumstances arise, interruptions in life. Paul says, even in these moments of ‘unplanned’ places and things, still work cheerfully as you are working for the Lord. Job sucks? Have to be ‘under’ someone who is unbearable? Remember this: Jesus is your boss and gave you that job. Would you still complain then?
Colossians 3:23 TLB
“Work hard and cheerfully at all you do, just as though you were working for the Lord and not merely for your masters…”
#4 – Stop trying to ‘get even’ with people.
Why do we have so much anger in our hearts? We have to check our heart (and the things that go into it). When we do, we will be amazed at how less we are worried about trying to get back others. Instead, we will start learning to trust God for everything that happens to us, good and bad!
1 Thessalonians 5:15 TLB
“See that no one pays back evil for evil, but always try to do good to each other and to everyone else.”
#5 – Never get tired of doing the right thing!
This is self explanatory, but in case you don’t know what this means, even when everyone seems to be doing bad to us, we should always still treat them how you are biblically supposed to!
2 Thessalonians 3:13 TLB
“And to the rest of you I say, dear brothers, never be tired of doing right.”
#6 – Stop being so selfish!
The world is huge! Our country is huge! Our city is huge! We are one spectacle of the entire picture. He asks us to stop being selfish and stop thinking we are better than people, stop thinking our problems are bigger. This verse says we are to value others MORE than our own selves. Think of it like this… we think of yourself on this pedestal.. others to us should be on that same pedestal or higher.
Philippians 2:3-4 TLB
“Don’t be selfish; don’t live to make a good impression on others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourself. Don’t just think about your own affairs, but be interested in others, too, and in what they are doing.”
# 7 – Always show kindness, love and care to everyone.
When we feel like they don’t deserve it or they said something that rubbed us the wrong way. Still with a slap in the face, we are to love everyone.
1 Corinthians 16:14 TLB
“ and whatever you do, do it with kindness and love.”
When these small adjustments are made, what a better person we can be!
Loving you to Christ!