Sunday, February 16, 2014

Replace My Complaining Attitude


If you know anything about me, you know that I am blunt.  I am straight-forward, to the point, and to a fault, honest.  This is something that I have often wanted to change about myself.  Let's face it, there are things about each one of us that we would change, and let me be clear, there are MANY other things I would change but becoming more gentle has always been something I have longed for. I have had people tell me that I should be proud of this.  They wish they could be more assertive like me.  I guess there are good points to this type of characteristic but more times than not, I find myself getting into trouble because of it.  

Piggy-backing on that characteristic flaw is the fact that I am a complainer.  I would rather whisper that but again, if you know me, you probably didn't fall in the floor in disbelief that I just typed that.  It is hard to admit.  It is hard to tell a world (okay a few people) that read this that I complain.  How off-putting is that?  I get into that negative thought, negative talk, negative all over trap.  I mean, say it isn't true....you start thinking negatively, you start sharing your negativity with others and before long you are just in a FUNK!  Am I right?  

At church right now we are doing a Bible study called Lord, Change My Attitude by James McDonald.  Yeah, I actually CHOSE to do it!  :)  It is ugly and it is hard but my prayer, just like always is that I will come out a better person than when I went in.  It may be hard but I often learn the most in my hardest moments.  

In the study he mentioned that having a complaining attitude can steal our joy.  How true is that???  I just talked about how the negative attitude can put you in a funk.  You can't be in a funk and still have joy!  Try...it can't be done!  Something else that he says is that you CHOOSE your attitude.  Your attitude is not determined by your emotions.  Have you ever heard the quote "I choose joy."  Well, by choosing the right attitude, you will choose joy!  

I don't want to be a complainer.  It is something I want to change.  I have been more mindful of my complaining attitude.  I am blessed.  I have a wonderful family.  I am going through a really hard time in the area of friendships right now (like I don't have any close ones) but that is okay....God is really showing me some great things through this.  Relationships have been damaged.  Some of them God took away because they needed to be taken away.  Some of them, I am certain God will restore in time.  In order to be a better momma, wife, friend WHATEVER I MUST change my attitude but I also understand that I cannot do this without Christ.  

Lord, please forgive me for my complaining attitude. Please replace it with a thankful attitude and add that irreplaceable joy that only comes from You!!!

"Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect."
~Romans 12:2

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