“The greatest discovery of my generation is that man can alter his life simply by altering his attitude of mind. “ William James
“So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out.” Romans 12:1-2 The Message
Too often we overlook this truth— our attitude shapes our life.
Yes, it is simple but also profound. The way we think shapes the way we see and that impacts everything.
Who has time to pay attention to attitude? After all, isn’t that just a motivational thing?
Turns out that our attitude is crucial to our well being and the way we live our life.
Most of the time we are reactive to the things happening around us. We see the most recent post or hear the latest news and it appears the world is on fire.
We didn’t start the fire, but it is burning nonetheless. The fires in Australia remind us of climate change and the news from Iran demonstrates how close we are to war.
How can we not be alarmed or reactive?
Living in a reactive state of anxiety impacts our attitude and blood pressure.
Our attitude is a matter of paying attention. What do we pay attention to?
Paul’s challenge is to fix our attention on God and not the culture we live in.
When we focus on God’s goodness and grace then we begin to sense something like peace and hope well up in us. Our attitude begins to change.
Our attitude is also a choice.
We choose. We don’t get a choice on most things but our attitude is an exception—we can decide our attitude.
Paul’s advise is needed: “Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking.”
Attitude demands attention. We need to pay attention to our thoughts.
If we want to really change—for something like transformation to happen, it must begin with the renewing of our mind. In short, our attitude has to change.