How's your attitude: Part 1 - Hope 103.2

How’s your attitude: Part 1

Morning Devotions is for those curious about the Christian faith and who want to explore Christian issues that relate to their daily life.

By Chris WittsTuesday 17 Mar 2015Morning Devotions with Chris WittsLifeReading Time: 0 minutes


Has anyone said to you “I like your attitude” . ?
What actually is an attitude?  The Dictionary tells me .. Attitude is simply defined as,”Manner,disposition,feeling,position,etc.,toward a person or thing” (Random House College Dictionary). Our attitudes or how we view or think about a matter largely determine how we respond and what we are as individuals. A person with great ability can still be a failure if they lack a good attitude. It’s worth taking a few minutes to think about it …

How important is your attitude? Your attitude is more important than: facts – circumstances – what others say – it’s more important than your past – your education and your money. Your attitude is more important than anything else. ….it is much deeper than just a few thoughts you might think or not think. Your attitude comes out of the core of your being. Your attitude represents your disposition,your outlook,your very character.

The Bible says in Pr 23:7; ” What a man thinks in his heart,he really is”. And that has a lot to do with attitude …. Do you have a positive attitude or a negative attitude?
Again in Proverbs 4:23 “Carefully guard your thoughts,because they are the source of true life”.

The Bible says,”Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:” (Philippians 2:5)..

I like the story of the  man who was explaining to a friend about his days in university. He said,”No,I never actually was in the top half of my class,but I can say that I was in the group that made the top half possible…”  It does depend on your attitude ..

Two men are in prison. One looks out through the bars and sees only mud. The other looks out through the same bars and sees the moon & stars. They are both in the same place. What’s the difference? It’s the attitude of choice.

Without a doubt,the human mind is the most awesome creation of God. With it,God has given us the ability to think,to,reason and to choose whether we will focus on positive thoughts or negative thoughts. In every one of our lives there is the positive and the negative. The choice as to which one we will focus on and feed,nurture is up to us.

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Now,of course,you can’t choose what will happen to you today (it’s beyond your control) — but you can choose your own attitude – we each have the power to decide how we will respond to what happens to us.

Dr Victor Frankl was a Jewish doctor and psychiatrist who spent 3 years in a Nazi concentration camp in the 1940’s and saw terrible suffering and experienced it himself as a slave labourer. One night he stood under the glaring lights of the Gestapo court in a Nazi concentration camp,:  soldiers had taken away from Victor every earthly possession – his clothes,his watch,even his wedding ring. And as Dr Frankl stood there naked in front of the enemy ..  he realized he was destitute except for one thing,. He still had something that no one could take away from him,not even the Nazi’s.  He still had the power to choose his own attitude. And he chose to not give that attitude to his enemies. He chose joy,he chose hope,he chose to be positive. It is a remarkable story of survival,and he tried to help his fellow inmates to have hope in spite of incredible loss and deprivation. He died an old man in 1997.

I think it’s very helpful to try each day to eliminate negative words,to do away with words that hurt and tear down,and replace  them with positive words,words that build up,edify and encourage other people.

I wonder if you would try a little experiment with me. As you go about life today,and as you encounter people,  whether it’s at a petrol station,at a store,at home,at work or at church — try to say something positive and uplifting. Do it this for one day this week and see what happens. You’ll probably have a great day. Why? because positive words create a loving,creative environment in which to live.