By Rev. Doug Clay
The Bible says there is a connection between our attitudes and the rest of our lives.
For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.
I certainly don’t believe we just think into existence anything we want, but I do believe our thoughts can produce a good attitude and a good attitude can get you through even the worst of circumstances.
So, whether or not your “attitude determines your altitude” as some claim, I am convinced a good attitude can . . .
- Keep you positive when the environment around you is negative.
Psalm 37:5-7, The Message
Open up before God, keep nothing back; he’ll do whatever needs to be done: He’ll validate your life in the clear light of day and stamp you with approval at high noon. 7 Quiet down before God, be prayerful before him. Don’t bother with those who climb the ladder, who elbow their way to the top.
- Give you hope when you feel hopeless.
Romans 15:13, The Message
Oh! May the God of hope fill you up with joy, fill you up with peace, so that your believing lives, filled with the life-giving energy of the Holy Spirit, will brim over with hope!
- Help you keep things in proper perspective.
Colossians 3:1-2, The Message
So if you’re serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it. Pursue the things over which Christ presides. Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ—that’s where the action is. See things from his perspective!
Make a commitment today to have a good attitude. After all, a good attitude can help you make a great day!
Rev. Doug Clay serves as the General Treasurer of the Assemblies of God. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.