Dennis the Menace was once sitting in a pew next to his father at a church service. Obviously unimpressed with what was going on around him, Dennis looked up at his father and asked, “Is it OK if we leave at half time?”
Sadly, this is the attitude of many people. If you can’t have the right mindset toward God during a worship service, then when can you? A lot of people need an attitude adjustment. If you find yourself among that number, the Psalms is a good place to start.
First, you can notice that God should be your desire. Psalm 42:1-2 says, “As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?”
Second, you see that God should be your delight. Psalm 37:4 urges us, “Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Trying to find satisfaction without God is a futile effort. We were designed to have fellowship with God.
Finally, understand that God is your defense. Psalm 20:7 says, “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.” Just as King David had his enemies, we Christians have enemies too. However, we shouldn’t be afraid of them. If we trust in God, we will be well-defended in this life and for all of eternity.
If God is your desire, your delight and your defense, you will have the right kind of attitude to succeed in life.
Let me close with a short essay by Chuck Swindoll—“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. 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 or 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 attitudes.”
How is your attitude?
For more inspirational writings by Tom Cox, go to www.jesustrek.wordpress.com.