“I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Rom. 15:13)
The chapters in this section completely wrecked me, I don’t know if any of you girls have trouble with this big thing called “attitude” but I do! Shh don’t tell anyone! I fight daily to adjust my attitude when it doesn’t fit Gods word. And more times than I would like to admit, I fail miserably. Over the last few years I’ve done lots of work within myself and my relationship with Christ to be able to adjust my attitude correctly before I spew hateful and irrelevant words out just because I felt someone caused me to be angry. See there? I blamed MY attitude on someone else’s actions.
In Debbie’s words “I can’t use any excuse or blame anyone for my attitude, because it’s mine- mine to own and mine to control. I choose my attitude-nothing gives it to me but me.”
I remember always being angry at what everyone did, how they spoke to me, how they reacted to me, or even how they did their own things. I couldn’t see past the fact that I knew better and how could they not. I knew something had to change because it was affecting my everyday life. I knew I was a happy person and that I loved being positive, but my pride stepped in the way constantly.
“God, help me with these feelings, I know they are not of you and they are not what you desire for me.”
These words were almost on point with what I prayed. I knew I had to come and lay my pride down at His feet. I knew I needed Him to cleanse me of those feelings and to help me see truth. And what I saw was that I was insecure in who I was. I wouldn’t need to be angry at everyone else if I was content in who I was, and I wouldn’t have to have an ugly attitude when something didn’t go my way if I was content in who I was. Once I found myself in Christ I realized that my attitude was just that, MINE! I had the power to change it and to make it what I wanted it to be. I can choose to be gracious instead of condescending; I could choose to be happy instead of annoyed and bitter. I can choose to smile instead of holding anger inside.
“The longer I live, the more I can come to understand how important a person’s attitude is to their walk with God, their well-being, and their everyday life. Attitude is more important than anything you do or say, because it is the rudder that guides and directs what you do and say. Your attitude has the power to make or break your day. It can strengthen or destroy your relationships. It can bless or curse your home, your children, your marriage, your job, and your hopes and dreams for the future. It has the power to rob you of hours, days, months, years, and even a lifetime of peace, hope, and joy. Attitude affects absolutely everything.”
“Since you have heard about Jesus and have learned the truth that comes from him, throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception [selfishness]. Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes, put on your new nature, created to be like God-truly righteous and holy.” (Eph. 4:21-24)
Things to remember from this chapter:
- Paul and Silas were prisoners for crimes they didn’t commit and they still chose to wear the best attitude possible, they sang and praised God (Acts 16:25)
- People are watching, will you be representing God in the attitude you carry?
- Life is 10 percent what happens to you and 90 percent how you handle what happens to you
- Right now, in this moment, you get to decide whether you are going to sing or not!
I loved the theme of the next few chapters because it all pulled together this one section.
In our lives we search for peace, quiet, and safety at least I do, when things start to get chaotic I try to calm it down but I usually panic and just cause it to get out of control more because I still haven’t fully realized “I can’t do it on my own”.
“A huge storm came up. Waves poured into the boat, threatening to sink it. And Jesus was in the stern, head on a pillow, sleeping! They roused him, saying, “Teacher, is it nothing to you that we’re going down?”’
“There they were, stuck in the middle of the biggest storm they had ever seen. It might help you to know that they were very familiar with sailing on this lake. They had probably grown up swimming in it. And they were experienced fishermen. They had seen storms come and go. But their experience was no match for this night, the storm was different.”
How many times have we come head to head with a storm in our life that we were no match for? Do you immediately call on God to calm those waters? Or Do you walk around with the “I can do anything ATTITUDE”?
These guys have endured these storms before, they have spent their entire lives in these waters but there still came a day that they knew they couldn’t do it on their own. All they needed to do was adjust their thought and see that one call on Jesus and those storms can be calmed down.
Even when we feel like the storm hasn’t calmed enough to our expectations we still know God has been there for us and near us the entire time even when we didn’t think He was. Jesus was sleeping but did that mean He didn’t care about their safely? No! He just knew that all would work out in the end.
No matter what darkness you are walking through, what fears you are facing, what attitude adjustment is needed; remember, God is always with you and sometimes you just need to adjust your sights to see things more clearly when in the darkness. He is our beacon of light and with him everything is subject to change for the better!