Controlling Your Attitude by Nic Bancroft
There are times where you may or may not feel like you are in control of many things in your life. We all wrestle with control. There may have been seasons in your life where you feel like you have a pretty good grasp on things and other seasons where try as you may, nothing you do seems to have any effect on the outcome. Whether it be your personal finances, family relationships, your work schedule, election results, a global-crippling pandemic caused by a microscopic virus, you might not have as much freedom as you’d like.
One of the joys of raising two elementary aged children is teaching them about controlling their attitudes. My son does not like doing the laundry – he’s a lot like me in that way. But, if we want to wear clean clothes, then skipping out on doing the laundry isn’t really an option. So we can choose to think POSITIVELY on changing the laundry or we can have a poor attitude about it.
Even as adults there is always one thing that we can control in every situation – our attitude. We can choose to approach every situation (including our worship!) with any kind of attitude.
A psalm. For giving grateful praise.
1 Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.
2 Worship the Lord with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs.
3 Know that the Lord is God.
It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.
5 For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues through all generations.
Here, we are being invited (probably instructed?) to choose to worship Jesus with GLADNESS. We should choose an attitude of gladness and joy when we come before the Lord! God has made us in a way that gives us freedom, the ability to control how we approach Him. If I were God (and I am so thankful I am not), I don’t know that I would allow people the choice in how to worship me – I would MAKE them do it my way!
God also hears and honors our worship we were are glad and not joyful too, but remember that your attitude is at your control. Jesus is the source of every good thing in our lives, His mercy is unending, and His faithful love endures throughout every generation.