On this 25th day of Lent, I thought it would be a good time to check in on our attitudes.
OK, I guess I should just pick on myself and talk about MY attitude! =)
All of my life people have referred to me as….nice….sensitive….diplomatic….caring…..etc., etc…… And I am honored…..really! I pray that there truly are some grace-filled parts of my forgiven self that exhibit such wonderful qualities. But ask my kids, or my husband, or my close friends, and…..well…..you might get a slightly, say, “fuller” picture! Apparently, I wear my attitudes (good and bad) on my sleeve to those I am the most unguarded with, and, though I’d like to argue the point, I must admit there is a lot of truth to that.
There’s an old saying, “Fake it ’til you make it.” I used to HATE that saying, until…..I came face to face with that day….(and we all have them)….that day when I knew I had to be cheery and positive for the people around me who were depending on me. But what I really wanted to do was kick the nearest trash can! So….I forced a smile, said positive things and looked for the best in the situation, and a funny thing happened.
There was a definite shift in the ol’ attitude. And what I had expected to be a “grin and bear it” day, actually turned into a delightful one….what a difference an attitude can make!
Now, I am NOT suggesting that we live lives full of forced smiles and fake cheeriness, but what I have found, for myself, is that when my moodier side starts to take up more real estate in my head and heart than I would like, I do have a choice. It’s not always even discernable, but it’s always there. I can choose to be swept away by my emotions, and let my attitude take a free-fall into selfishness (and, let’s be honest….sometimes that feels really good!) OR, I can look for something….anything that is good in the situation, or the day to focus on, and “fake it ’til I make it.”
Some might question the authenticity of that kind of thinking, but I tend to find comfort in knowing that God has truly given me the choice to make the best of bad situations.
F-o-r e-x-a-m-p-l-e………when I sat down to write around 45 minutes ago, all I wanted to do was go to bed. I’m just beginning to get over a horrid head and chest cold and I had that little “mom” voice in my head that said, “just go to bed….you’re sick….no one expects you to fulfill this self-imposed Lenten blog thing anyway….your warm bed and soft pillow are just up the stairs……just forget it for one night.” All legitimate! I didn’t feel good, so I couldn’t imagine anything good coming out of this clogged up head tonight. (And, well….I guess you would have to be the final judge of that! )
But now, at the end of this Day 25 entry, I’m feeling much better! I’m glad I “faked” the first few words, and prayed for the strength (and desire) to see it to the end. And I can officially say, there has been a vast improvement in my attitude!
So as I now get to head off to my comfy bed (with a lighter heart) I will close with these words of instruction from Philippians 4:8 regarding attitudes. =)
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”
Hoping this is just a “Made It” day for you!