by Charles R. Swindoll
This may shock you, but I believe the single most significant decision I can make on a day-to-day basis is my choice of attitude. It is more important than my past, my education, my bankroll, my successes or failures, fame or pain, what other people think of me, or say about me, my circumstances, or my position. The attitude I choose keeps me going or cripples my progress. It alone fuels my fire or assaults my hope. When my attitudes are right, there’s no barrier too high, no valley too deep, no dream too extreme, no challenge too great for me..
Yet we must admit that we spend more of our time concentrating and fretting over the things that can’t be changed than we do giving attention to the one that we can change, our choice of attitude. Stop and think about some of the things that suck up our attention and energy, all of them inescapable: the weather, the wind, people’s action and criticisms, who won or lost the game, delays at airports or waiting rooms, x-ray results, gas and food costs.
Quit wasting energy fighting the inescapable and turn your energy to keeping the right attitude. Those things we can’t do anything about shouldn’t even come up in our minds; the alternative is ulcers, cancer, sourness, depression.
Let’s choose each day and every day to keep an attitude of faith and joy and belief and compassion.
Excerpted from Day by Day with Charles Swindoll, Copyright © 2000 by Charles R. Swindoll, Inc. (Thomas Nelson Publishers). All rights reserved worldwide.
Although it took me sometime to realize this… I agree 100%! Our choice of attitude on a day-to-day basis is very important! For me this was always a struggle, especially at work where there can be so many different attitudes! Now that I walk with the Lord it makes this so much easier! Its amazing how much more time you can put into your daily life not worrying about these things that you can’t do anything about!
Heavenly Father, Restorer of my soul,
I thank you for the strength you have given me to change my attitude. Thank you for helping me realize there is more to life than worrying about the things I can’t change and thank you for giving me the ability to change the things I can! With these words I pray in Jesus’ name amen!