“Attitude is a settled way of thinking or feeling about someone or something, typically one that is reflected in a person’s behaviour.”
When I think of attitude I think both mindset and emotion. When I was young, for instance, I had a very bad attitude about working on our family farm. Every day I woke up with dread as I had to move irrigation pipe or work for 8+ hours on a tractor and the like. It was both my feeling of the work and the mindset or pattern in in my mind about the farm.
I remember my dad imploring me to choose a new attitude (he might have said it a bit more emphatically). I also remember the time I finally chose a new attitude. I was 14, sitting in my room before the day started having a devotion. While reading the Bible I saw that my attitude was causing my parents a lot of pain. I reviewed the situation and realized that I was going to be at the farm whether I liked it or not, so I might as well choose to enjoy it instead of abhor it.
That is what happened. I chose to change the pattern of my mind – my attitude. Every morning from that point I would wake up with a spark, have a devotion, pray for help and choose to enjoy the day rather than dread it.
The amazing part of this story is that was the point where my friendship with my dad began. We began to enjoy the farm, together. Our conversations improved. I began to see things that had been right in front of me, whether a sunset or the amazing science in seeds or animals and such. And my parents life became easier.
Friends, I am righting this post right now for me. I am reminding myself about the attitude of the mind as I sit in our new home that is in utter chaos. We just moved from the beautiful ambience of the outskirts of London to our original home state of Oklahoma. Our house is being remodelled. Beds haven’t yet arrived. Painters surround me as I write this. Hopefully you can picture it. From peace to chaos.
So, I have just finished my devotion in Ephesians 4 and was struck with the reminder of the lesson learned almost 30 years ago – “to be made new in the attitude of your minds.”
Today, I am choosing to renew my attitude. To enjoy the chaos for a bit – to work hard. In the unsettling I am going to look for peace, joy and love. In the new, old culture of my home state, I choose to enjoy people even when I am in culture shock. When I have to travel a bit further for our global work, I am going to choose to enjoy the journey’s knowing that this decision was made for the benefit of my family.
Today, I choose to change the attitude of my mind.
What about you? Anyone out there need to adjust your attitude in your mind just a bit? Do it for yourself and for everyone around you.
For you all!