Posted on September 9, 2019 by Erin Culleny in Victory Call
Is Your family being ripped to shreds by your attitude? Or are they being encouraged, affirmed, lifted up and challenged to go farther and farther?
Recently, in the midst of a foul mood, I became painfully aware of how my mood was affecting me. I felt heavy and downright yucky. Within micro-moments all sorts of thoughts flooded my mind and I felt even worse. I could instantly see how my attitude was affecting me and therefore it had to be affecting my family. I knew I needed to make a change. After all, the Lord wasn’t speaking to my spirit for nothing. He’d lifted the veil so I’d be free to see the truth.
Believe it or not, I wanted to resist the Spirit’s promptings and stay in my mood. The only thing was I couldn’t think of any good reason to let my stinky attitude persist –at least none that my conscience would let me get away with.
So, I stopped in the middle of what I was doing, sought out my husband, and did some snuggling. Why was I in a “mood?” I don’t know! Sometimes the heart aches from old, old wounds which are stuck in time. Sometimes there’s been an offense that remains unforgiven. We could all name a different reason and on some level we could or would feel justified.
But, no matter what my mood or yours, no matter what situation or circumstance we could list, we are always Christians; always called to walk justly. I am always free to choose my way of thinking and being, remembering it is grace, and God’s grace alone, that does the work and pushes me towards experiencing victory and toward choosing a good attitude.
He has shown you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you. But to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God? ~~ Micah 6:8 (NKJV)
But he’s already made it plain how to live, what to do, what God is looking for in men and women. It’s quite simple: Do what is fair and just to your neighbor, be compassionate and loyal in your love, and don’t take yourself too seriously- take God seriously. (The Message)
Written by Stephanie Paul: Stephanie served on staff at America’s Keswick as Women of Character Director. She is married to Sesky; together they have 2 adult children.
Think About This: We choose what attitudes we have right now. And it’s a continuing choice. – John C. Maxwell
This Week’s Verse to Memorize: How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them! – Psalm 139:17
Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the doctrinal and theological views held by America’s Keswick.