Does it really matter all that much how you feel about a situation or another person? Can a winning attitude make a difference in facing the hazards of life or achieving success? It’s been said that people can alter their lives by changing their attitudes.
History is filled with the names of heroes who persevered with winning attitudes. They’re sports figures, scientists, politicians as well as just average people who decide to go for it and not let anything or anyone stand in their way. The list of people is a huge gallery filled with names too numerous to mention. All of these men and women refused to accept failure. By giving 100%, their impossible dreams became reality.
Part of the secret to their success is a commitment to do whatever it takes to get the job done. An attitude of persistence — you could call it gut level tenacity. Persistence heals the wounds of discouragement and failure. But how do you get and maintain a winning attitude in the face of life's challenges?
In chapter 4 of Ephesians, the apostle Paul reminds us that the Christian life is a process. Although we have a new nature, we don't automatically have all good thoughts and attitudes when we first become Christians. But if we keep listening to God, and obeying Him, we will be changing all the time. And this change begins in the mind. In verses 23-24 of Ephesians 4 we read, "Let the Spirit change your way of thinking and make you into a new person." In other words, we must undergo a radical change in our mental outlook on life -our attitudes.
As you review the past, do you see a process of change for the better in your thoughts, attitudes and actions? Although change is often slow, it does come about if you trust God to change you and are obedient.
Start developing a winning attitude today by letting God change the way you think. Saturate your mind with God's Word. And don't ever settle for life's second best; go for the gold—God's way!
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