Our attitude towards something or someone is all about perspective. The way we look at a situation can determine the outcome. If we have a positive outlook, we will make the best of our situation. If we have a negative outlook, we will be too defeated to overcome the obstacle and try to avoid it at all cost.
Bruce Enns says that “our lives are much like rivers. They seldom go in a straight line for very long. We adapt to the ongoing changes in our life circumstances, some of which come at us suddenly and others, very gradually.” As Christians, we are not promised that we will have a perfect life with no conflict or heartache. Life circumstances cannot always be predicted or explained. Sometimes tragedy hits, and we have to make a difficult decision. Do we automatically think the worst and see no good in the situation. Or do we spend time with God seeking His hope and trusting in Him that everything will be okay? Do we blame God or others when life is not going our way?
We all have made rash decisions and created negative thinking over a situation. At times, we even blamed God or others for what happened in our lives. I am guilty of this mentality numerous times. God is continuously working on me to seek Him first before making a false accusation or creating negative mindsets. Matthew 6:33 says to “seek first [God’s] kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”
How many times have we made an irrational decision or spoke out of anger towards someone? We did not allow God to handle the situation for us, but, instead, worked in our flesh. Our actions will always have consequences when we do not let God handle the situation His way.
How we handle a situation matters. It matters how we approach others. It matters what our thoughts are in the midst of conflict. Our attitude plays a big role of who we are as Christians. People watch what we do and say to see whether or not we are living a Christian lifestyle. Our actions and words must be Christ-like to show the world who Jesus is.