New Year . . . New and Improved Attitude!

It's a new year. Did you make a resolution to have a better attitude, but now all the old habits are taking over? Here's help to get back on track...

Attitude. How is your attitude as we begin a new year? We have heard since we were young… “watch your attitude” at least I heard it most of my teenage years. What does attitude mean?  I looked up the definition in the dictionary and I love what it says.  Attitude; a settled way of thinking or feeling about someone, typically one that is reflected in a person’s behavior.

So as we start a new year and begin making New Year’s resolutions, where is your attitude towards God? I must admit that for years, my attitude towards God was ambivalent. I was thankful to be a Christian but my heart was not interested in seeking God’s will when setting my goals.

I was setting goals for my work, my health, and finances but I never once asked God how He wanted to use me for his glory.  What was His will?  Maybe He did want me to have a better job or a reliable car but my attitude was all about me. What I wanted and hoped for in the new year.

I enjoyed over 20 years of success in sales and marketing. I heard this saying about attitude on several occasions…”Your attitude determines your altitude!”  However, in the past few years since the stroke, God has revealed to me that my attitude means so much more.

It’s more than a cliche. Attitude is a choice we make. When we focus first on Christ, our attitude should be positively joyful remembering everything He has done for us!  Choosing to have a positive attitude and asking for God’s help in every aspect of your life, we can accomplish anything with His strength.

” I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:13

It's a new year. Did you make a resolution to have a better attitude, but now all the old habits are taking over? Here's help to get back on track...

Attitude Impacts our Lives

Our Christ first attitude improves our relationship with Him and our behavior is impacted in the most glorious way! Here are just a few ways that our Christ-like attitude is reflected as He blesses us.

Attitude towards our family– hurt feelings are mended, communication is sincere, and family bonds grow stronger than ever.

Attitude towards our friends– we become a better friend to those that need it as we put our friends needs before our own.

Attitude towards food– we eat to live healthy and take care of God’s temple.  Realizing the blessing of provision, we overcome the desire to overindulge.

Attitude towards fun– we become more discerning of the things we do, shows and movies we watch, and how we spend our free time.

Attitude towards our finances– we begin to focus more on our needs and less on our wants.  We choose willingly to bless others when God blesses us.

Attitude towards our future– we seek GOD’s direction for future plans as we desire to be in the center of His will. Our anxiety lessens as we know our future is in God’s hands. (Jer. 29:11)

In Philippians 4:8, the apostle Paul states that we as believers in Christ should focus on or dwell on “whatever is true, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, and whatever is of good repute…. So when we choose to focus on these things, our attitude will soar to new heights as it is surrounded by the peace that God promises.

So as you prepare your heart and mind for the new year, choose to have a Christ-like attitude within God’s strength. Don’t choose your attitude based on your feelings or circumstances. Choose to live this year and every year for Christ!

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11 comments

  1. Betsy de Cruz says:

    Deb, thanks for your wise words on ATTITUDE. I never thought about how it can affect so many aspects of our lives. I remember the quote about life being 10% what happens to you and 90% attitude. I think it was Chuck Swindoll? Not sure! Pinning this today!
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  2. Joanne Viola says:

    Such a wonderful reminder about attitude. It truly is a choice we make – each & every day and impacts in more ways than we realize at the time. Your post brought to mind for me Philippians 2:5-11 … may our attitudes be the same that Christ had. Blessings!
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  3. Horace Williams says:

    Thanks for the comment Joanne and the visit! Yes, that passage in Philippians is beautiful and humbling at the same time. I agree our desire should be to be more like Jesus everyday as we seek to glorify Him. Blessings to you and yours!

  4. Michele Morin says:

    Horace, you’ve put your finger on some very important aspects of the Christian life that we over look or excuse as “unimportant.” Thanks for allowing the Spirit to lead you into sharing this truth here.
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    • Horace Williams says:

      Thanks Michele! I am learning that God wants to influence every aspect of my life. He wants complete surrender of my mind, body, and, soul! Thanks for the comment and God bless!

  5. Lori says:

    Horace, you are so right! Our attitude does impact our life in everything we do. My attitude is something I have been working on for a while now. I don’t want to be remembered as someone with a bad attitude towards life. Thank you for sharing with Thankful Thursdays.
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