Monday, December 7, 2009

A New Attitude

"...let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes." Ephesians 4:23

"I'm feelin' good from my head to my shoes
Know where I'm goin' and I know what He'll do
God tidied up my point of view
And gave a new attitude."

As you can see, I took a few liberties with one of the songs Patti LaBelle made famous, "New Attitude".

I'm sensing I need that shift today. I love when God speaks immediately to a situation, even if it is a lecture, with an index finger shaking and pointing directly at me.

Last week it appeared some decisions were made, without my knowing, in an area where I give support and encouragement. The decisions made will have great impact on my involvement and my time. My initial response has been to resist. I felt I was being forced to take on new responsibilities and new committments without any consideration. Although I would have likely said 'yes', you know how it is when you feel presumed upon? Suddenly something within rises in opposition. I hate it when that happens! I have been really struggling with my reaction.

"...let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes."

Lord, I need you to purge me from this internal feeling that is being expressed outwardly in a disposition of difficulty. I do not believe what has happened was intentional, nor was it to burden me. In actual fact, the motive behind the change was to protect my position and provide possibilities for future participation.

Father forgive me for my reactions. Remove the desire to justify my response. My reactions are my responsibility. Situations and other people may influence my emotions, but no one can dictate how I respond. I cannot blame the decisions handed down to me on my disposition. My attitude remains a choice. Bring it into obedience to Your will and Your Word. Help me put on Your new nature of righteousness and holiness. Replace this rebellious attitude with one of submission. Change my pattern of thinking. Give me Your new attitude.

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~Grace and Peace said...

I can relate, Joy. My feathers get ruffled when things like that happen, too. "Whattt? They didn't even consult me? How dare they!" Aren't you just thankful that Jesus saved us and now we are indwelt with the Holy Spirit to help us?

That word "choice" kept popping up for me this weekend. Yet here it is again. I better sit still and listen.

Lori said...

I see Christ transforming Himself right out of you! This is something we can all relate to; however, more often we allow our emotions to control us, rather than allowing the situation to deepen our relationship with our Father. This will have a profound impact on those you serve, dear Joy! Hugs, Lori - AZ

Marilyn in Mississippi said...

I'm sorry to say that I can certainly relate to this post because I am so apt to react in exactly the same way! May God help me also to become more submissive!

Thanks Joy!