What is your attitude like in difficult times, when things, are going wrong for you, when nothing
seems to be working in your life? I have been thinking about this today and I think it’s
so critical what your attitude is like.
I am being tested in this at the moment. Things are really bad in my country at the
moment and it’s so hard to have a good attitude in the midst of what’s going on.
Just because it’s easy to have a bad attitude doesn’t make it right to have one. A bad attitude
doesn’t cultivate faith, hope, and peace. It cultivates the exact opposite.
Having a good attitude in the midst of hardships is critical.
Look at Paul for example. He went through a lot of difficult things. He had every reason to have
a bad attitude towards life but he didn’t. There is a difference between being discouraged and having
a bad attitude and I think Paul did have days when he was discouraged but I don’t think he had a bad
attitude in the trials he was facing. His focus was on God who was His strength and help.
“Are they serving Christ? I am serving Him more. (I am crazy to talk like this.) I have worked much
harder than they. I have been in prison more often. I have been hurt more in beatings. I have been
near death many times. Five times the Jews have given me their punishment of 39 lashes with a whip.
Three different times I was beaten with rods. One time they tried to kill me with stones. Three times
I was in ships that were wrecked, and one of those times i spent the night and the next day in the sea.
I have gone on many travels. And I have been in danger from rivers, from thieves, from my own people,
the Jews, and from those who are not Jews. I have been in danger in cities, in places no one lives, and on
the sea. And I have been in danger with false brothers. I have done hard and tiring work, and many times
I did not sleep. I have been hungry and thirsty. Many times I have been without food. I have been cold and
without clothes. Besides all this, there is on me every day the load of my concern for all the churches.”
2 Corinthians 11:23-29
He also said,
“We have troubles all around us, but we are not defeated. We do not know what to do, but we do not
give up. We are persecuted, but God does not leave us. We are hurt sometimes, but we are not destroyed.”
2 Corinthians 4:8, 9
“Always be happy. Never stop praying. Give thanks whatever happens. This is what God wants for you
in Christ Jesus.”
1 Thessalonians 5:16
Bad attitudes have a way of twisting how we see life. It blinds us from seeing God’s hand in our
life and gets us focusing on the negative. Instead of being joyful and being a light, a bad attitude sucks
the life out of us and makes us sharp and painful towards others. Instead of speaking words of
healing we cut down and kill with our words.
Ask for the Lord’s help when you have a bad attitude because it has to go. (I am speaking to myself
A person with a good attitude sees the total opposite. Even when the storm is raging the person with
a good attitude sees God always! He or she will always be optimistic when everyone else is being pessimistic.
It’s hard to move in faith when you have a bad attitude.
Remember the solider in the story of the four lepers in the old testament? (2 Kings 7:3)
He failed to believe the word from Elisha in a time of famine. That is an apt picture of how destructive a
bad attitude is.
And with all that I will conclude. Have a good attitude in life. You won’t get far in life with a bad attitude.
This is my challenge to you.
Blessing to you all.