Copied from the Bathroom Wall

     While working at my first professional job, I walked into the staff bathroom one day and read the following for the first time. Someone had Xeroxed a copy of Charles Swindoll's opinion about the importance our attitude and taped it where it was sure to be seen.

     The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important 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 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.

     A friend and I discussed perspective. She shared how interesting it is to look at a work of art and then hear the same picture described by one of her children who see it very differently than she does. How we view life, our outlook, our attitude can make a difference in how we live. I recently re-read some past journal entries from a very difficult time period and compared them to my writings with my focus on God. "Woe is me" just isn't fun to look back on. I continue to pray for the right attitude.

     The verse on the bottom of my journal page: "Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds." Hebrews 10:23-24

     How is your attitude? Are you holding on to HOPE?

1 comment:

  1. Beautifully written! Thank you so much for sharing this. I've been sharing with my son all week about how his attitude will determine how his day will go. Too bad I haven't been listening to my own teaching. Your post hit home for me today.



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