Positive Attitude

Our attitude reflects whether we really believe that God loves us and wants the best for us.

Rejoice in the Lord always. ~ Philippians 4:4

READING: Philippians 4

Recently, I was with a fellow minister, a man whom I love and respect. He had been going through some hard times in his family life and in his ministry life. As we talked, I began to notice that most of what he said reflected a negative attitude toward life and ministry.

A negative attitude is a great danger. Our attitude reflects whether we really believe that God loves us and wants the best for us. There are certainly times in our lives when God disciplines us. That is never fun. But it is always ultimately for our best. He doesn’t hurt us just to hurt us. He allows pain to come into our lives to shape us into stronger people and more effective servants.

The Apostle Paul was under house arrest in Rome when he wrote the book of Philippians. His circumstances were not good. He endured a loss of freedom, filth and abuse. And yet, if you had to summarize Paul’s attitude with just one word it would be JOY. His positive attitude overcame his circumstances.

God’s promise to supply all our needs, found in verse 19, does not give us a blank check to do anything we want to do. This passage is in the context of our circumstances and God’s providence. The Apostle Paul had learned the secret to contentment, no matter what his circumstances. He had learned that he could handle any circumstance because God was with him.

God has given me, too, the strength I need to overcome anything. I learned this lesson through the four year cancer battle and ultimate death of my first wife.

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Hold on to a good attitude. Never let it go, no matter what your circumstances. YOU can do everything through our Great God who gives you strength!!!

Lord, Help me to maintain a positive attitude. Amen.

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  • PT

    Great words. My appreciation to you for going through the fire and coming out on the other side with your faith in tact and your attitude in a place that it can help others. Trusting God when nothing makes sense is everything.

  • Ricky Painter

    I too am a Cancer Survivor !! I had Ulcerative Colitis at the age of 13 and it turned into colon cancer at the age of 28 yrs old and I am now 46. I have to live the rest of my life with a permanent Iliostomy bag and I also have rheumatoid arthritis and a auto immune disease so I pretty much catch everything that is going around and it takes me twice as long to get over it. Even though I live in pain every day I still Thank God for the life that he has given me. Pain is just a reminder that I’m still Alive. I have always had a positive attitude even before I got saved again about 8 yrs ago but now my attitude is totally focused on the gifts that God has given me and I use them to share my Testimony of his Love to everyone that I talk too. Thank you soooooo much for your Beautiful post and I Pray that God continues to Bless you in all that you do. Amen 🙂

  • Cassaundra Rodgers

    It is so hard to maintain hope when the affliction is in your body and you don’t have a name for it. Doctors don’t know what to tell me as this point so I am having to research my symptoms just to direct them somehow. It hurts beyond what I can describe but I don’t see it ending this way. I have to be the overcomer God says I am. It’s absolutely exhausting but humbling as well – when you think you are in control, God shows you otherwise.