Altering Attitudes Devotional


The Altering Altitudes of Attitudes

Julia Bettencourt

Posted September 19, 2012


Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.  Philippians 4:11


I'm sure each and every one of us have been in a bad mood before.  But why do we allow ourselves to get at that place?  Why do we allow our attitudes to go up and down as they do?

I'm sure we all have our excuses for our bad attitudes.  We didn't get enough sleep.  We haven't had our coffee yet. We don't feel good. Someone said something mean to us.

I could go on and on but in the end we are responsible for our attitudes.  I think we just don't deal with them like we should.

Here are some of the things that make our attitudes go up and down.



Blessings or the Lack of Them Alters Attitudes.


When something good comes in our lives and when God is showering down his blessings on us, that is when we celebrate.  Our energy goes up. Our excitement goes up.  Our attitude goes up.

We all like being blessed in small and big ways.  We receive unexpected money or something we need and we get in that PTL mode.  We praise the Lord.

On the other hand, when we lack those blessings and things don't fall in place as we think they should or we go without something we want or maybe even need, sometimes we tend to allow our attitudes to come tumbling down.

I think whether we receive or don't blessings can sometimes play a big part in our outlook.


The Words of Others Alters Attitudes.

We all like to act brave and pretend like the words that other people say about us or against us don't matter, but deep down they usually do.  We are human and we have feelings.

That old little poem about "sticks and stones may break my bones but words can never hurt me" doesn't always ring true.

Good words affect us too.  A good word from someone can raise that altitude meter.  Compliments or even telling someone they did a good job on something can change someone's whole day.

Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.  Proverbs 16:24


The Actions of Others Alters Attitudes.

Not only can what people say alter our attitude but what they do and how they act can as well.  You can start your day off and be in a wonderful mood when you leave your house and by the time someone cuts you off on the highway or thinks that four-way stop is a one-way stop, or maybe gets your drive-through breakfast order wrong, you may get a little grumpy.  Your attitude may change a little.

Good actions by others can help our attitude.  A kind deed by someone aimed toward you can lift your spirits and your attitude can soar.


Change Alters Attitudes.

Change can alter our attitudes.  Some change we perceive as good and some as bad but even in what we consider bad change we can sometimes learn and grow.

God has a purpose in those changing times even if we don't always see what that purpose is.

Look at some of the people in the Bible that went through change in their lives.  There's Ruth who lost her husband.  When any woman is widowed, she goes through a dramatic change in her life.  There's Mary, the mother of Jesus, who found herself expecting a child without any warning.  What a change and shock that was for her.

Look at Paul. His life was changed for the good on that Road to Damascus but what a change it was for him.  He must have gone through some personal struggles at that time.

Look how Joseph's life was changed when he was sold into slavery and ended up a prisoner.  In the end God blessed Joseph but what a change from his life at home with his family it must have been for him.



Loss Alters Attitudes.

Whether it is a loss as in death of a loved one, loss of a job or opportunity, or even the loss of a possession, it can affect our attitude and our outlook on life.

Grief over a loved one causes us to be in such a vulnerable state and it may not take much to make us feel even lower than we do already when we are in that situation.

Little losses bother us too.  We may drop a cup of coffee and break a coffee cup that we cherish and the mood for our whole day may go awry.


Guilt Alters Attitudes.

Guilt is an awful thing to carry around with you.  Whether it is guilt over something you did or said or maybe it is guilt over some sin in your life, it can bear down on you and your attitude can suffer.  How you get along with those around you can suffer.

Guilt will root itself in and make life a struggle.  It is not something you want to hold on to but it's something you need to turn over and settle with the Lord.


Health Alters Attitudes.

When you don't feel good, no matter if it is some major health issue down to the common cold, our health has a tendency to affect our attitude.

I know when I get sick I'm not the easiest person to be around.  Being sick to me is awful because I feel like my life is on hold.  I usually have things I want to do and can't.

Right now I've been going through some issues with my knees and there are days I really have to work on my attitude because I just get so frustrated that I can't do the things I normally would.


The Weather Alters Attitudes.

The weather seems like such a frivolous thing to talk about but it is one of those things that can affect the way that someone's attitude soars.  Maybe it is responsible for a change of plans because you were doing something out of doors.

It could be you just don't like walking in the rain and getting wet and soaked.  It could be that your aches and pains are stronger because it may get cold.  Maybe it's too hot and you just can't deal with it.

Some of us get cranky and grumpy just because we've allowed the weather to alter our attitude



The Attitudes of Others Alters Attitudes.

When people around us are in a bad mood, they tend to pass it on.  I think their bad mood gets so annoying that it makes us in a bad mood too.  Pretty soon everyone in the room is in a bad mood.

Bad moods and bad attitudes go hand in hand.  They seem to be joined at the hip and they are contagious.  They are like those airborne viruses and we have to defend ourselves against them.

In the same respect, good attitudes are contagious too.  People with good attitudes are so nice to be around.  They promote such a good atmosphere



Conclusion:

Some of these things seem so trivial when you look at them on the surface but even some strong Christians struggle with these things and their attitudes.  It's easy to say we are just going to let these things bounce off of us and not affect us but somehow they wheedle their way in and our attitudes suffer.

Our attitudes are always going to go up and down but I hope mine stays up in the higher range more than in the low numbers.  I know it is so easy to become prey to some of these things.

I'm sure I need to work on my attitude defense a little more.  Maybe spend more time in Bible reading and prayer.  Maybe suit up my Christian armor a little tighter.  I don't want my attitude to suffer but I don't want to be responsible for allowing the attitudes of others to suffer either.

You've all probably heard the phrase before, "attitudes of gratitude" and maybe that is part of the solution to not allowing our attitude to be swayed.  Maybe we should be more thankful and have that grateful heart that we should have.  Then maybe we'd have a better outlook when it comes to some of these things that we allow to affect us.

I think too that verse in Philippians 4:11 can help us where our attitudes are concerned.  Paul is talking about being content no matter what the situation is.  When we learn to be content I think maybe we may learn not to allow our attitudes to go up and down like some of us do.

Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.  Philippians 4:11

So, what's the altitude of your attitude?

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