Your Attitude: The Difference Maker
It’s now a new year. It’s funny to me how we often look at a new year as something magical. Many are glad that 2017 is over because bad things happened to them this past year. I am sure that good things happened as well, but the bad seems to outweigh the good. They are hoping for better circumstances this new year. They look forward with hope and anticipation that somehow life, or the universe as some look to, will be better to them.
However, life simply doesn’t work that way.
It’s not that life brings us bad or good. Life just happens. Life has bad and good in it. We have successes and we have failures. Sometimes people are good to us and sometimes they are mean to us and do hurtful things. People are born, and people die. People come, and people go. We make friends, we lose friends. Life has ebbs and flows to it.
All of us have circumstances that happen that we don’t like. All of us have bad things happen to us. What difference does it matter if the year is 2017, 2018 or 2050? This year holds 365 days that are totally unpredictable. We don’t know what each day holds. There will be days where good things happen and days where bad things will happen.
The difference maker in each day is our attitude. It’s how we look at each circumstance. It’s how we choose to respond to each circumstance as it comes. Nothing and no one can affect our attitude. It’s an internal issue. I choose my attitude each and every day. I choose my attitude every time something happens to me. I choose to remain calm or get angry. I choose to love or to retaliate. I choose….no one else can choose for me. It’s my choice and it determines how I look at each day as a good day or a bad day.
I believe that there is no such thing as a good day or a bad day. Days are simply neutral. At the end of the day, I must ask myself did I have a good attitude or a bad attitude. That’s really the issue.
Now I know that there are things that will happen this year that I don’t like, or that I don’t even want to happen. I can let these bad things affect my attitude in a negative way and I can say that I had a bad day, a bad month or even a bad year. I get it when people say things like that. I have even said things like that. As I look back on my bad days I realize that most of the time it was my attitude about those circumstances that was bad. I allowed circumstances to affect my feelings and attitude instead of allowing my feelings and attitude to affect my circumstances.
No matter what happens to you this year, you can maintain a good attitude. You can look for the good in everything. Even if you can’t see the good, if you are a child of God, you can stand on the promise that God works all things together for the good of those who love Him. He promises that He will bring good out of any circumstance we face. The question is: “what we will do with our attitude?” It’s ours. It is not anyone else’s. My attitude belongs to me and I am the one responsible for it. I am in charge of and in control of my attitude.
One of my goals this year is to keep my attitude in line with my belief that no matter what happens God is for me, He loves me and has good plans for me. So, whatever I face I can have a good attitude because I know that He is for me, He loves me, and He will make this work for good in my life.
I wish I could say that in 2017 I kept my attitude in check. I didn’t. I allowed circumstances to dictate my feelings on too many days. But I am not going into 2018 hoping that this year will be better. I am going into 2018 knowing that I can make my attitude better. That’s the difference maker.