Copyright 2005 Kathryn Williamson
What type of person grabs your attention and motivates you? Usually it's a person who is very passionate about what he or she is doing. She's on fire and her excitement floods room she is in. When she talks something inside you gets stirred - desire also to be passionate about something. Anything! You don't want to leave her presence because you hope that some of that passion will rub off on you.
When you find yourself stuck in a boring situation (whether it's your job or other circumstances), how do you change things? How do you get some hope and passion into your life? How do you find a meaningful purpose for your existence? How do you get out of rut of negative thinking and pity parties?
To change our attitude requires us to do several things. First, realize that we choose our attitude. Even though our situation may not change, our outlook changes when we have right attitude. We choose to change our attitude even though our mind tells us different. How many times do we listen to negative thoughts instead of what God says about us? We can only have one thought occur at one time, although thoughts can come very fast. So if we choose to think on positive promises of God, then we don't allow negative thoughts to dominate. When we choose to believe God and act accordingly, our new attitudes take root deep in our heart, making our choices automatic.
Second, our new attitude becomes permanent when we change our underlying false beliefs. Many times we believe negative thoughts in our head and allow ourselves to meditate upon them because, believe it or not, it feels good! Some of us have beaten ourselves up mentally for so many years that we don't have any other way of thinking. We actually believe these lies and don't do anything to search out whether or not they are true.
If we want to change, then we have to take responsibility for our thoughts. We must do whatever it takes to uncover truth about ourselves - from God's perspective. We don't turn to others to get their opinion of us; we turn to God and find out what He thinks about us. God created us and provides great promises for our future. But sometimes there are things we must do to have many of these promises fulfilled in our life. Whenever we come across a promise from God in Bible, we need to look at surrounding Scripture to see if there is something we need to do before God will fulfill promise.
How we view ourselves improves greatly just by consistently reading Bible. We gain an understanding of how much God loves us and how His love is unconditional. We don't have to do anything to earn God's love, just accept it. Once we experience God's love, we find ourselves loving others with same type of unconditional love.
Third, we become who we hang around with! The five people we spend most time around influence us, whether we want them to or not! But there is one Person we can hang around with whose influence will override negative attitudes bombarding us from these individuals. And that is God. By spending more time reading Bible, praying and asking Holy Spirit to reveal spiritual things to us, and meditating upon what we learn, we can keep our attitudes in proper check. This is great news because this is something we can do without having to wait until we find positive people to hang around with.