Choose Your Attitude
You generally know when you have a bad attitude. You can feel it. Your attitude is not something that happens to you, but a decision you make.
Why, my soul, are you downcast?
Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
for I will yet praise him,
my Savior and my God.
─ Psalm 42:11 NIV
David did a lot of self-talk. In our verse today he asks his soul a question – “Why are you downcast?” Would it surprise you to find that you can intentionally tell yourself to have a better attitude, and the results will follow?
Attitude is intentional.
One definition of attitude is your posture toward life or how you stand toward life. Research shows even how we hold ourselves physically can then change our attitude.
• If you are closed off with your body language, it can bring a negative attitude.
• If you open up physically, it can give you a positive perspective.
God has wired us in ways that, as we open up, it changes our attitude toward life. Our choices determine our attitude and how we respond to the things we face in life. Your attitude is intentional. You choose to have a good attitude (or a bad one) each day.
Today’s One Thing
Look at the verse for today. Check your attitude and do a little self-talk. Refocus by putting your hope in God and raising the bar with praise to Him today.