Attitude = Altitude
There once was a lady who awoke one morning to find she only had 3 hairs left on her head. She took a long look at herself in the mirror and proclaimed, “I get to braid my hair today!” The next morning she awoke to find only 2 hairs left on her head. Again, she took a long look at herself in the mirror and proclaimed, “I get to part my hair today!” The next morning she awoke to find only one hair left on her head. She took a long look at herself in the mirror and proclaimed, “I get to wear my hair in a ponytail today!” As hair loss would have it, the next day she awoke having no hair on her head. She got up and took a long look at herself in the mirror and proclaimed, “Finally, I don’t have to spend time fixing my hair!”
Stories like this make me smile. If I was in her shoes I highly doubt I would respond the same way she did. But there is something to be said for those who can take a negative situation and find the positive in the middle of it!
In Matthew 5:8, Jesus instructed the people saying, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.”
At first glance, it looks like Jesus is telling people that if your heart is pure, you will actually get to see God. While I admit that seeing God would be pretty cool, it’s not going to happen this side of eternity no matter how pure the heart is. So was Jesus lying? Well that’s impossible since Jesus couldn’t do that. So was Jesus referring to only the pure people getting to see God in Heaven? Since Jesus had not yet died for the sins of mankind, there was nobody Jesus talked to that day pure enough to have qualified. Therefore the only way to understand this verse fully would be to understand the dialect the verse was translated from.
I’ll save you the trip of running to your local library looking for a Greek dictionary or Biblical Concordance. In simple English it translates something like this:
“You’re blessed when you think clearly, for then you’ll figure God out.” In other words, you will never figure God out until you clear up the way you think – because it is our thinking that affects the way we see. In reminds me of the old saying, ‘Your attitude determines your altitude.’ If you change your attitude then it will affect the way you see, and you will see something about God you have never seen before.
Have you ever noticed how quickly a bad attitude can affect your entire day? Too often a bad attitude turns into complaining and if you’re not careful, you’ll find yourself complaining about everything and anything that doesn’t go your way. If we don’t get the bad attitude in check it will quickly turn a good day to bad, probably ruin someone else’s day or it might even damage a once strong relationship! I believe this is why Jesus communicated the importance of clear thinking.
So what is the best way to change a bad attitude? Replace it with a thankful heart. When you find your attitude going downhill, practice being thankful. Take the time and find every day things to be thankful to God for. Thank Him for what you do have; your family, your house, your job, your car and the food on your plate. Thank Him for everything. Then begin to praise God for what He is going to do in your life. As your attitude becomes one of gratitude, you’ll find the soul ascending to a new altitude. Jesus said there is a blessing that comes when you clear up the way you think – you’ll figure God out!
Philippians 4:6-7 “Don't fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God's wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It's wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.” (Message translation)