Sometimes I have a bad attitude. Maybe you can relate.
Some days my bad attitude is because something woke me up at 3 am and I’m cranky. Other days it’s because my toaster died and I didn’t have anything for breakfast and my house is a mess. Some days it’s because a student annoyed the tar out of me trying to get an extra credit point.
But regardless of why I sometimes have a bad attitude, I shouldn’t. I shouldn’t take my lack of sleep out on my job, or on my family. I shouldn’t blame someone else for the fact that my house is a mess – because that’s all on me.
When our bad attitudes spill over into our work and our families, we aren’t doing a very good job of being salt and light. We’re doing a better job of being Scrooge, most of the time – and nobody likes him, or even listens to him.
We’re called to do everything as if we are working for the Lord, not for men (Colossians 3:23-24). Our bad attitudes can tarnish that. So how do we get out of the downward spiral? How can we be salt and light when we really don’t want to be doing what we’re doing?
- Pray that God would change your attitude.
Nothing like a dangerous prayer to kick things off. Be careful what you pray for, because God will answer it – perhaps not in the way you want or expect, but that’s a blog post for another time.
Pray that God changes your attitude – whether it’s a temporary bad attitude or a semi-permanent one. The more we pray, the more our focus becomes aligned with who it’s supposed to be – God.
- Quit comparing yourself to others.
Much of our bad attitudes stem from comparing ourselves to others and feeling down about ourselves. “Suzy already has her fall decorations up and I haven’t even taken down my Easter decorations. What am I doing, thinking I can take over the office decorating for Christmas?” or “Martha always looks so nice at work every day and I look like I just crawled out of bed. Why would the boss consider me for a promotion when Martha looks so good?” or “She’s got four kids in tow and can still get to church on time. What’s wrong with me?”
Sound familiar? I’m sure you can fill in your own. God made you uniquely you. Not Suzy, not Martha, not Joe Shmo on the street. He made you just for your purpose. He gifted you specially so that you can serve Him just how he wants. So quit comparing your family, your job, your productivity and your hair to everybody else and be you. You’re special, and don’t forget it.
My bad attitude doesn’t usually get fixed overnight. It takes time. And God. Lots of God.