I’ve tried the “always keep a smile on my face thing.” It doesn’t really work for me. Dealing with a bad attitude is a battle that’s hard to win. You need help from God. You need time with God in prayer and through His Word.
God has directed me recently to Proverbs. When I read it, it really spoke to me like it never had before. I was really convicted. The book of Proverbs is great because it’s about wisdom. In Proverbs Chapter 1 it tells you:
2 Proverbs is for gaining wisdom and instruction;
for understanding words of insight;
3 for receiving instruction in prudent behavior,
doing what is right and just and fair;
4 for giving prudence to those who are simple,
(and get this) knowledge and discretion to the young--
So the words that stick out to me are wisdom, discipline, understanding, prudence, righteousness, justice, fairness, and discernment. These are all things that I really want, and that we all need.
Now, what REALLY spoke to me in Chapter 1 were verses 8 and 9:
8 Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction
and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.
9 They are a garland to grace your head
and a chain to adorn your neck.
This really convicted my heart because I’m the kind of person that would say, “Well, what makes adults always right?” And so I fight for my case to the point where sometimes I’m just “a little” disrespectful.
But this verse is telling me that others, in this case, my mom and dad, have something to teach me, and I have to be humble enough to receive their words. If I take the time to listen, I will get more wisdom, discipline, understanding, prudence, righteousness, justice, fairness, and discernment.
God is seriously working on my attitude. This is something that I need to be pretty serious about too. It's going to take some humility and patience, but I know it’s worth it.
Have you ever seen the woman in a beautiful dress, beautiful hair, beautiful makeup, but the thing that sets her outfit apart was the necklace around her neck? The Bible says that the wisdom we get from other people, when we take time to listen, will be like that necklace. It will set us apart.
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