“If you can’t change your fate, change your attitude.” (Charles Revson)
Apparently Revson, the man behind Revlon cosmetics, knew about more than just skin care!
While my attitude is generally (generally!) not an issue, I recognized that in one specific environment it had become pretty negative. Objectively, the surroundings were rather toxic and things were so bad I knew something had to give. To reverse Ravson’s words, I knew if I couldn’t change my attitude, I needed to change my fate (i.e., stop going there).
Sounds simple enough, yet I didn’t find the resolution that straight-forward. So I did a radical thing and got “all Scriptural” with it!
In Ephesians, Paul wrote:
In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus…(2:5)
In other words, as we “do life” with others, we’re to think and behave as the Lord did. As I considered the toxic environment (and my attitude within it), I asked myself two important questions: 1). Does Jesus approve of this setting for me; does He even want me here? (After all, what good is a great attitude in a setting if Christ doesn’t want us there in the first place?) 2) If I stay, how would Christ respond within this difficult environment?
Are you struggling with your attitude in a specific setting? First, ask yourself if Jesus wants you there. If He does, begin to treat others the way He would. –Dave
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