ship drives east, and another west
with the self-same winds that blow;
'Tis the set of the sail
and not the gales that decides the way to go.
Your "attitude" is
your state of mind, your disposition, the way you look at things
and the way you deport yourself. Other words often used as
synonyms are: "mood, outlook, perspective, viewpoint,
feeling or tone."
is attitude? Let me begin by sharing some quotes:
"Attitude is a little thing that makes all the
"The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human
being can alter his life by altering his attitudes"-William
"You cannot control what happens to you, but you can
control your attitude toward what happens to you, and in that,
you will be mastering change rather than allowing it to master
you"- Brian Tracy
"Having a positive mental attitude is asking how
something can be done rather than saying it can't be done" -
"Could we change our attitude, we should not only see
life differently, but life itself would come to be
different" - Katherine Mansfield
"A happy person is not a person in a certain set of
circumstances, but rather a person with a certain set of
attitudes" - Hugh Downs
are not surprised to see attitude stressed in God's book!
he thinks in his heart, so is he"- Proverbs 23:7
"Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of
it spring the issues of life" - Proverbs 4:23
"But you have not so
learned Christ, if indeed you have heard Him and have been
taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus...be renewed in the
spirit of your mind, that you put on the new
man which was created according to God, in truth and
holiness"- Ephesians 4:20ff
"Let this mind be in you
which was also in Christ Jesus"- Philippians 2:5
whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever
things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are
lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any
virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy - meditate on these
things" Philippians 4:8
On more than one occasion I
heard my mother say, "Watch your attitude!" Regardless
of age or circumstance, we all need to watch our attitude! The
Master said, "A good man out of the good treasure of his
heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil
treasure brings forth evil things" (Matthew 12:35).
Attitude can be one of our most
valuable assets. Our attitude toward God should be one of
reverence, submission, love, trust, worship and prayerfulness.
Our attitude toward others should be one of love, respect,
consideration, forgiveness, kindness and unselfishness. Our
attitude toward self should be sober, realistic, fair, humble,
patient and responsible.
Have a positive attitude! Positive attitudes are contagious. "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" (Philippians 4: 13). "What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?" (Romans 8:31). Guess what? It all starts in our heart!
By Dwight Fuqua