Rob and the girls were having dinner at a local steak house. Surprisingly, Eva went for fries, in lieu of her normal steamed broccoli and our sweet Sofia chose the fruit cup. Midway through dinner Eva looked over at her sister’s plate and asked if she could have a strawberry. Sofia looked down at her plate, eyes on the lone strawberry. Raising her hand she picked up the bright red fruit and popped it in her mouth. Unrepentant. Unapologetic. Our not so sweet girl needed an attitude adjustment.
Not long ago there was an opportunity for major change in my life. Like an episode of “Let’s Make A Deal” I faced two doors and prayed for guidance of which one I might walk through.
I prayed that God wouldn’t let me pry open a door best remained shut.
I prayed a commitment to His Will, His Purposes, His People, and His Plan over my own.
And then God answered a prayer and closed a door.
He sealed it shut.
Initially, there were a few tears of disappointment, but then I told myself and my husband that I was “okay”. I was ready to move on.
But I wasn’t.
I was more than disappointed. I was mourning hopes and dreams. I was angry and frustrated. I was hyper aware of the “favorable prayers” God seemed to be answering for everyone else but me. It wasn’t fair.
Why did it feel like God was holding out His best from me? (Have you ever felt that way?)
I became pouty and petulant.
I acted as though I presumed the worst about God’s will for me – despite what I knew. Despite what I believed.
I needed an attitude adjustment.
Something needed to change.3 Keys to Adjusting Your Attitude. #AttitudeAdjustment Click To Tweet
3 Keys to Adjusting Your Attitude
Start with Prayer. I began to pray that God would change me or change my circumstances. I also asked my husband and my spiritual mentor to come alongside me in prayer. It took weeks, discernment, as well as a change in my own behavior, but eventually I began to see improvement.
Spend Time in God’s Word. I needed to remember who God was and what He said. I spent time reading through scripture and seeing example after example of His goodness and faithfulness. If you’re going through something similar, remind yourself of who God is. Spend time studying His word and what He says about you and His love for you. Read through His promises and affirm for yourself His good and perfect will.
Truth Telling. Have an honest conversation with yourself about the source of your bad attitude. I had to recognize and acknowledge that I had asked God for direction in prayer and that He had answered that prayer. (Just not the way I was hoping, or expecting.) I’d told Him that I was willing to serve and be used wherever He wanted me. But then, I had a bad attitude when it wasn’t in the way or manner I’d expected. That bad attitude impacted every aspect of my life.Life is too short for a bad attitude. #AttitudeAdjustment Click To Tweet
it took some time but Inch by inch I began to see an attitude adjustment.
So, friend, my question is, “Areyou in need of an attitude adjustment?”