|Posted by Shannon Biggs-Ross on May 3, 2011 at 9:13 AM|
"You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off the old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds." (Ephesians 4:22 NIV)
Have you ever struggled with a bad attitude? Lately I've had a real issue with my attitude. For some reason everything seems to effect it. And sadly, my attitude has been in total opposition with the way it should be, according to God's word.
I am a total clean freak. I can't stand anything to be out of order. I like the beds made upon awakening, and made a certain way. I like my towels folded a certain way. I can't stand dirty dishes or my ice box to be cluttered. I can't stand to walk through my house and get dust on my feet. I don't know why I'm this way, but I know, even though they have not said anything yet, my husband and kids think I'm crazy. My desire to be Mrs. Squeaky Clean has to drive them crazy. Lately God has been dealing with me on this issue. I allow misplaced items in my home to determine my entire attitude. It causes friction and undue stress on all of us.
The problems is with me, not the dishes, beds, laundry, handprints on the windows, or the dusty footprints on the floor. I am allowing these things to control my every emotion and until all is in proper order my family isn't allowed to function like a normally functioning family. So today I'm working toward riding myself of my stinky attitude and I plan to look for the positives in what is usually a negative situation.
How To Develop Good Attitudes
1. Identify and Repent of Bad Attitudes Acts 8:22 "Repent therefore of this your wickedness, and pray God if perhaps the thought of your heart may be forgiven you."
2. Submit Your Attitudes to God Bring your attitudes into obedience to God’s Word. Apply discipline to your thought life — submit your thoughts to those of Christ’s. A good attitude is a matter of faith, disregarding your feelings, with a determination to embrace God’s outlook and disposition. 2 Corinthians 10:5 "casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ..."
3. Equip And Feed Your Attitudes Dwell on the things that God’s word tells us to — those good and virtuous things. If you dwell on the negative, your attitude will reflect the same. Philippians 4:8 "Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy; meditate on these things."
Heavenly Father, thank you for convicting me. I'm sorry for my stinky attitude. I come before you today asking for forgiveness. Help me to be self-controlled and not allow the meaningless things to ruin my attitude and the way I treat the ones I love. I love you. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.