Two passions have directed the life and ministry of Chuck Swindoll: an unwavering commitment to the practical communication and application of God’s Word and an untiring devotion to seeing lives transformed by God’s grace. Chuck has devoted more than four decades to these goals, and he models the contagious joy that springs from enthusiastically following Jesus Christ.
I came across an email about Attitudes that was written by Charles Swindoll. Our attitude is one thing we have control over. We may not have control over the things that happen to us, but we do have control over how we react to what happens to us. Sometimes we just need to see it written down. We already know it's true, but we forget, we feel hopeless, yet the ablity to still have a good attitude is a choice, our choice. I hope you will take to heart the the message in what Charles Swindoll says about attitudes:
The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts, it's more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than success, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness, or skill. It will make or break a company... a church... a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past... we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We can not change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude... I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you...
We are in charge of our attitudes
So the next time you find yourself down and out from circumstances of life. Take charge of your attitude about the situation.
How's your attitude when people act in a way you have no control over? How's your attitude when things don't go the way you had planned or hoped they would? How you act and how you feel is up to you. Embrace a good attitude and you'll have a better chance of pressing on through the adversity along the way.