‘Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord , my strength, and my redeemer.’ Psalms 19:14
I was reminded during our chapel service about the value of having the right attitude. A young man from Africa by the name of Edouard Ndecky came and spoke to our young people about having a right attitude. The Holy Spirit used this young African sprinter to help me assess the importance of maintaining a good attitude.
In Psalm 19:14 the psalmist ask the Lord to allow the words of his mouth and the meditation of his heart be acceptable and pleasing in the sight of the Lord. What effects the words of our mouth and the intentions of our hearts? Our attitude! The words of our mouth are direct reflection of our attitude. The way we respond to situations, circumstances, and people is a direct indication of our attitude. When we have a response that is critical, negative, or condescending it represents a bad attitude. Our attitude is a reflection of the condition of the heart. I guess you can say it like this “whatever is in the well will come out in the bucket.” It is easy to have a good attitude when things are good ( I have encountered a few people that just have the gift of negativity…no matter how good it gets they will always have a bad attitude), but it is very difficult to maintain a good attitude when things are bad. So, how do we maintain a positive, Lord pleasing attitude regardless of our circumstance?
I believe our attitude is centered on one basic principle: Our attitude is a choice. While we are unable to control our circumstance, we can control our attitude. Everyone of us have an attitude, and it is up to us whether we have good attitude or bad attitude. We have a tendency to allow our circumstances and other people dictate our attitude when our attitude should be effecting our outlook on life. Circumstances change with the wind, but our attitude can remain a constant. It is a matter of perspective. I want to also say that our attitude is a matter of our view of God. Is God good? Is God good all the time? Is God good no matter what the circumstances? If we truly believe the answer those questions is yes then our attitude will reflect it.
I would be lying if I said this was easy. Matter of fact, as I write this I am convicted because my attitude is not good. I guess that is why God is making me write this. I told a friend the other day that God is still showing me new levels of self that he wants to remove. I will end with this prayer: “Lord will you please help me to make the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be pleasing in your sight. Will my response to my wife, kids, family and friends be a reflection of a deep intimate relationship with you Lord? God, will you help me show people your goodness, and greatness through my attitude?” I love you Lord! Now I pray my attitude will reflect it!” AMEN