“You cannot tailor-make the situations in life but you can tailor-make the attitudes to fit those situations.” – Zig Ziglar
The Merriam-Webster Online dictionary defines attitude in three ways…
- “the way you think and feel about someone or something”
- “a feeling or way of thinking that affects a person’s behavior”
- “a way of thinking and behaving that people regard as unfriendly, rude, etc.
The attitude that we choose to have will define who we are and will certainly leave an impression on those we encounter. Having a wrong attitude will leave a negative effect and having a right attitude will leave a positive effect! If we start our day choosing to have a right attitude it will make all the difference in having a good day! And if we tailor-make our attitude to fit all situations things will go so much smoother. Instead of complaining because it’s raining, let’s thank God for watering the ground so that the flowers and the fruits of the earth can grow! If our customer has a poor attitude because we charged them to much, accept the fact that you made a mistake, smile and refund the difference due, and when she walks away continue working about your job rather than complaining about the attitude that the customer had!
The best way to have a right attitude would be to follow the words of Paul the apostle and meditate on these things…
Finally, brethren, 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 NKJV
Let’s have a positive attitude by meditating on the things that are positive, the things that are good! Keep your mind clear from all the clutter that will only leave a negative effect! Take control over the things that you can control and acknowledge that there will be things you will have no control over! And choose not to let those things effect your attitude! “Do all things without complaining and disputing!” (Philippians 2:14 NKJV) The daily attitude that you have is your choice! Choose to have the right attitude! Not the wrong attitude!
give me the discernment needed to know when to tailor-make my attitude to fit the situation. Give me the strength to muster up the right attitude at all times no matter what! And help me to stay focused on keeping my mind on the things that are good, the things that are godly! In Jesus’ name I ask these things, amen
Craig Bradshaw – April 25, 2014