I wake up Monday morning looking at a full week of work/school. I drag myself out of bed, getting ready for another draining week. The weekend was nice and relaxing, and I tried with all of my power not to think about the week coming up. It’s the same routine. I get up. I work/have school. I come home. And I sleep. By the time I’m done with all I have going in the day, I’m so unmotivated to do anything but sleep.
Many of times this is my attitude. I’m not afraid to admit it because it’s true. I’m usually just looking to the finish line, when I get to relax. To be honest, I saw nothing wrong with this mentality. Anytime anyone called out my bad mentality, I was offended. How could they?? Do they not realize how hard it is? I don’t stop. I work so hard all of the time, and not to mention, I devote all my time to everyone but myself. It’s not fair.
I got into this habit a long time ago. It’s easy to get into the tendency of throwing daily pity parties. I’d feel terrible for myself because my continual self-talk was all about how bad I had it. I would tell myself that I’d start enjoying life, once all the work and hard stuff was out of the way. But the truth is, right after one season ends another begins. And chances are, I’m going to find something I don’t like about the next season I enter into. Attitude changes our life. With a good attitude, we enjoy life. With a bad attitude, life is always going to be overwhelming. We’re going to have trouble finding true joy through living with a bad attitude. Believe me. I know from experience on this matter.
Within my church, we observe the season of Lent. Within this season, you give up something or multiple somethings for 40 days. Just like Jesus fasted in the desert for 40 days, we fast something that impacts our life. My sophomore year of high school, I decided to give up something that I knew was going to be very challenging. This was negativity. That seems broad, so I will describe what I mean by this. I wasn’t allowed to talk negatively about anyone. I couldn’t talk negatively about situations. And I had to try to redirect my negative thoughts to a more positive thought-process. Ughhhh talk about hard!! This was way more challenging than I expected it to be. I would catch myself starting to say something negative, probably every hour. Maybe even more often than that. And don’t even get me started on my thoughts. It was terrible how bad of a habit it was for me to think negatively about everything going on in my life. This was one of the first times that I truly realized how bad my attitude was. And I saw that this bad attitude of mine was impacting my whole life. It impacted my sport, my relationships, and even my happiness.
Our attitude can make the worst workload or a time-consuming job a little better or a little worse, depending on the attitude. A good attitude can help us find positive in some of the worst situations. You can find the good in every situation, you just have to be willing to receive it. If you’re having trouble with the environment of people that you are around, take it as an opportunity to show them the love of Christ that is within you. View it as an opportunity, not burden to be around those people. If you are overwhelmed with school work, be thankful that you are being educated to achieve your dreams. If you can’t stand where you work, try to think of one positive thing that happened during the day. That always helps.
God wants you to enjoy your life. He knows you’re going to go through some very challenging times, but He’s there with you to help you persevere. I’ve said this many times before, but concentrating on God and furthering your relationship with Him is a way in which you can improve in many different aspects within your life. One aspect this can improve is your attitude. Actually taking time for God in your day helps tremendously in providing you with the joy from the Lord. The Scripture and your relationship with God provides hope and perseverance which ultimately can lead to a more joyful heart. When you have that joy in your heart, it’s easier to look around at all the good, rather than the bad.
In saying all of this, it’s okay to have bad days, and it’s natural to have a bad attitude every once in a while. There have been so many points in my life where I was just down. While I know I should’ve had a better attitude, it was hard. Some situations in our life are hard, but changing how we approach situations can help. They can provide us with hope and strength to get through the day. But we don’t need to let our bad attitude control our lives. It’s only going to leave us in the valley. And when in the valley, it’s hard to see the mountaintop.
You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. – Ephesians 4:22-24
You can always go to the Bible for some good advice. This verse says it all. It’s time to say goodbye to our old bad attitudes that have controlled us for so long. Let’s say yes to a new life with a good attitude. It is our unintended desire to be negative. That was made very clear to me my sophomore year of high school. So let’s start being more aware of our attitudes and strive to be better.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! – 2 Corinthians 5:17