Colossians 3:12 (NLT)
12 Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tender-hearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.
Too often, when something doesn’t go the way we expect it to, we make the mistake of telling ourselves, “It’s not fair. It’s not right. When that changes, when that improves, then I’ll have a better attitude.” Sitting around and waiting for your circumstances to change before you get on with your plans just won’t result in the plans you have. You have to make the first move. If you do your part, then God will do His part. We need to quit worrying about God changing another person and allow God to change us first.
It can be really hard to have a good attitude when it seems like life is down on you. Remaining positive when it seems like nothing is going your way can be a real challenge. It can be really easy to get down on yourself and say maybe I should just settle. Don’t settle though. Get the right attitude and you will find that you will be lifted out of the hole that you are currently in and you will be raised up to new heights that you did not know were even possible.
Is there something you’re letting overwhelm you? Maybe you think it’s too much to handle. Make the decision to get up each morning and tell yourself, “God, I want to thank You that I can handle a difficult boss. I can handle getting stuck in traffic. I can handle my plans not working out. Lord, thank You that I’ll have a good attitude wherever I am.”
We need to decide ahead of time that we are going to stay in an attitude of faith and expectancy. Choose to show the characteristics of mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Even when others do not show these qualities towards you, you choose to show these qualities back to them anyway.
We need to choose God’s ways and let Him order our steps all the days of our life. If we can do this, we will find that this life will be pretty amazing and the next life will be exponentially better than this one.