Attitude Changes the Atmosphere
May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God. Romans 15:5-7 (NIV)
I love this particular portion of this scripture: “the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had.” Remember, Jesus is the word that dwelled among us. That means he is responsible for all of the scripture, New and Old Testament. His attitude was to give all that he had to bring abundant life to our lives. He walked with disciples, loved the little children, healed the sick, had compassion on the hurting, and endured the cross for the joy set before him! All of these acts were glued together with a divine attitude of joy.
I heard someone share that “an attitude is like electricity, except it travels faster and touches more people.” A good attitude is one that is channeled, and helps build others up just like electricity can be used to power up our home, while a bad attitude spreads quickly, destroying the attitudes of others, just like a spark in a forest can cause a wild fire. How true this is!
I love to watch people in airports and restaurants. Without any dialogue, people communicate volumes from their body language and facial expressions. The work place is no different. I can tell with a glance how my secretary, Wanda, is feeling on a particular day. I can arrive home from work and just look into my wife’s eyes and see if it has been a good or a difficult day.
On the flip side of this coin, I can also become an atmosphere changer by simply having a joyful attitude towards others. Have you ever noticed the happy person in your office? Of course you have. Every work place has a Patty Positive (if you don’t have one, then become one!) No matter what the day has been like, they remain hopeful and positive. They change the atmosphere of the work place with a positive attitude.
Chuck Swindoll once wrote:
“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company … a church … a home.
The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past … we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable.
The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude … I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you … we are in charge of our Attitude.”