When I was an elementary school teacher, I used to have to sometimes take a student aside and talk to them about their attitude. A poor attitude could cause a capable student to fail. It could drive away friends. It seemed like if the day started out with a bad attitude, trouble followed throughout the day. Nothing seemed to go right and the child was miserable.
On the other hand, I have seen a child who failed, pick themselves up and say, "I will try again." I have watched them persevere.They might not be successful the first time but eventually they will succeed. They have a smile on their face and the other children want to be around them. What's the difference? Attititude.
Today, at a women's meeting at my church, the speaker's topic was "Renew Your Mind By Choosing An Attitude Of Thanks". She talked about cultivating an attitude of gratitude. I like that!
Thank God in everything [no matter what the circumstances may be, be thankful and give thanks], for this is the will of God for you [who are] in Christ Jesus [the Revealer and Mediator of that will].
1 Thessalonians 5:18 (AMP)
Notice that the Word of God tells us to thank God in everything, not for everything. Is there a difference between the two? Yes there is. For example, when I got cancer a few years ago, I did not say, "Thank you for cancer, Lord!" I thanked Him for being with me. I thanked Him for helping me as I went through treatment. I thanked him that the cancer was found and was no longer hidden within my body. I thanked Him for allowing me to share what He was doing in my life with others. I thanked Him for teaching me the many lessons I learned as I battled cancer. I thanked Him that I am not a victim of my circumstances. I am a victor over them through Jesus Christ our Lord. I thanked Him for the excellent team of medical professionals who were helping me, the wonderful nurse navigator, my family, friends and of course, my husband. I also thanked Him for leading me to CB prior to my diagnosis and helping me to form yet another network of brothers and sisters in Christ. Wow! Look at all those blessings!
In the midst of each trial, God's mercy prevails. We must never forget that. There will be troubles in our life but we must never forget that Jesus has overcome and through Him, we are overcomers as well. Sometimes the problem will go POOF! Other times, we will have to endure it for a season or even a lifetime. Our attitude is what transforms a trial into a testimony.
I have found that one of the best ways to keep your attitude in great shape is to meditate upon the blessings of God before you begin to talk to Him about your problems. When we have do this, we enter into God's presence with thanksgiving and into His courts with praise.
Enter into His gates with thanksgiving and a thank offering and into His courts with praise! Be thankful and say so to Him, bless and affectionately praise His name!
Psalm 100:4 (AMP)
Are you doing this?
It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to the Most High.