“Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.”
― Winston S. Churchill
“Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.”
― Lou Holtz
“Attitude is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, money, circumstances, than failures and success, than what other people think, say, or do. It is more important than appearance, ability, or skill. It will make or break a business, a home, a friendship, an organization. The remarkable thing is I have a choice every day of what my attitude will be. I cannot change my past. I cannot change the actions of others. I cannot change the inevitable. The only thing I can change is attitude. Life is ten percent what happens to me and ninety percent how I react to it.”
― Charles R. Swindoll
“When you take control of your attitude, you take control of your life.” “Happiness depends on your mindset and attitude.”
― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart
“God is always more interested in why we do something than in what we do. Attitudes count more than achievements.”
― Rick Warren, The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here for?
And the list continues regarding attitude. I am sure you have a few favorite quotes on the subject as well. When I reflect upon them, one particular line comes to mind. “Your attitude is a personal price tag; it determines your value.”
By definition attitude is the way we thinking about something or someone. It includes the posture we choose to display. Therefore, attitude is a choice. This choosing is relative to all areas of life, especially regarding praise for the Lord. The approach and outlook we have directly affects the stance of gratitude and thankfulness within our hearts.
On Wednesday of Holy Week, Matthew 26:14-16 is a passage some contemplate, the betrayal of Judas Iscariot. Thirty pieces of silver was his greedy attitude. No regard of appreciation for the one and only Savior. He had spent hours upon hours following Jesus and witnessed what He spoke as truth. Where was Judas’ gratitude and recognition of thanks for God, the solitary hope for his life? Overcome by the love of his human nature and an attitude of selfishness. Choosing this stance, he could not possess an attitude of thankfulness nor could he utter a word of praise to God Almighty. A single choice. . .
Occupying an attitude of praise goes beyond the way we feel. There are days when our circumstances dominate our thinking and influence our emotions. We all have them; “rotten, no good, very bad days”. It takes our faith, inward love for God, and the Holy Spirit to seize our attitude. It is our choosing to bring our attitude under the authority of the Father and praise His Holy name.
Don’t feel like praising—Do It Anyway! Don’t feel thankful—Praise God Anyway! Why? It is a biblical stance to select an attitude of praise for a Savior whose love was displayed on a cross through a broken body and nail scarred hands. He is beyond worthy of our praise despite our feelings and emotions.
I once heard it expressed that our attitude of praise can be altered by starting with our duty to honor the Lord. As we elect to praise the Father out of sheer duty, over time it transforms into devotion. Then as we select to exercise our devotion to God, it becomes sheer delight-absolute sold out PRAISE! Duty-Devotion-Delight…a method to changing your attitude of praise.
“Even the smallest changes in our daily routine can create incredible ripple effects that expand our vision of what is possible.”
― Charles F. Glassman, Brain Drain The Breakthrough That Will Change Your Life