“The longer I love, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company…a church….a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past…we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude…I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you…we are in charge of our attitudes.” ― Charles R. Swindoll
I love this from Chuck Swindoll because it’s true.
We are in charge of our attitudes.
How we react to things in life make all the difference. Several months ago I learned this lesson all over again. Actually I was smacked in the face with it by a foul mouthed individual that got in my face. At first I was highly annoyed, angry, by this persons words and how he spoke to me. But during my drive home after meeting with him God spoke to my heart and had me see between the lines, between the F bombs and other disrespectful words I care not mention.
You see, my attitude about things going on in my life was not the best, rotten to say the least. At times I had an “I don’t care” attitude. I was on the verge of simply giving up fighting. I focused more on what was happening to me and less on my attitude about everything.
The simple truth is, you are in charge of your attitude, but don’t depend on yourself completely to change your attitude. For me the source of my attitude each day and how I react to what happens to me come from Christ and Christ alone.
Life is one long hiking trip, how we blaze the trail depends on our attitude on the trail.