Attitude in life is so important. I’m convinced that our attitude is more important than the circumstances that we have to face. We have little or no control over circumstances, but we need to be in complete control of our attitude.
Age is an example. If you didn’t know how old you are, how old would you be? Some older people continue to jog. One jogger on his 99th birthday was met by a news reporter at the end of his daily run. After an interview, the reporter said, “Thanks, and I hope I’ll have the opportunity of doing another interview with you next year on your 100th birthday.” The 99-year-old jogger smiled, thought for a minute, and then said, “Why not, you look healthy enough to be here to do it next year!”
Now that’s an attitude! You might not be able to change circumstances, but you can change your attitude. Martha Washington, the first First Lady, once said, “I am still determined to be cheerful and happy in whatever situation I may be; I have also learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends upon our dispositions and not our circumstances.”
Whatever hand life deals you, put your faith and trust in God and have the attitude that He can help you overcome it. Helen Keller reminds us, “Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of overcoming it.” Paul said, “Let this attitude be in you which was also in Christ Jesus.” (Phil 2:5)
I love the attitude of a little boy who walked confidently into a store. He would pick up one item, observe it, then go to a different item. A clerk was watching him with great interest.
Finally, after about twenty minutes, and after he had very meticulously observed several different items, the clerk came up to him and said, “Sonny, could I help you?” He said, “Yes ma’am, you can help me in a moment. I’m trying to pick out something to buy.” She said, “Well, what do you want to buy?” And he looked at her and said, “Ma’am, I’ve only got one dollar, and I want to be sure that I spend it wisely.” Remember – you’ve only got one life to live. Be sure you spend it wisely.
Attitude without action doesn’t do much good. Action requires commitment, courage, and risk. Someone wrote the following epitaph on a grave marker of an uncommitted person that said, “He led a blameless life. For him, life held no terrors. St. Peter wrote the final score – no runs, no hits, no errors.”
Yogi Berra was a great baseball player and manager. People hated to face Yogi and the Yankees in clutch situations. He was always at his best in the late innings. One day, he was asked how he did that, and he said, “You give 100% in the first half of the game, and if that isn’t enough, you give what’s left.”
An awesome attitude every day is a tremendous advantage in enjoying life. You can complain about the day, or you can ask God to help you make it the best day that you’ve lived. Remember that today is the oldest you’ve ever been. Also, remember that today is the youngest you’ll ever be!
You might think this is a bad day, but remember that a bad day only lasts 24 hours! Even if today is the worst day of your life, that means tomorrow will be better. So – make this a great day – unless you’ve got other plans!
Do you need an attitude adjustment?