“But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at the last your care of me hath flourished again; wherein ye were also careful, but ye lacked opportunity.”
Your attitude in life often dictates what you accomplish and become in life. Just like the attitude of a plane (the direction it is pointed) dictates whether it ascends or descends, so the attitude you have will ultimately determine whether you ascend or descend in life. In Philippians 4, the Apostle Paul reveals six life-changing attitudes that will change the life of every person who has them. Let me show you these six life-changing attitudes.
The first life-changing attitude is, I rejoice. Paul chose to rejoice in his life in spite of the circumstances he faced. Rejoicing is a choice you make by choosing to dwell on the blessings of God. You can always look at the negative and complain, or you can choose to look at God’s blessings and rejoice. Whichever you choose to dwell on determines if you rejoice or complain. Rejoicing people always enjoy life better because they choose to dwell on what they do have and not what they don’t have.
The second life-changing attitude is, I respect. In verse 11, Paul spoke about learning how to respect his condition of life. My friend, you must learn the attitude of respecting God, others and yourself. Being respectful is an attitude you choose. If you don’t choose to respect God, you won’t respect others or yourself. Being respectful is a choice you make in life.
The third life-changing attitude is, I learned. Paul said, “I have learned…” You must keep a learning attitude if you want the LORD to continue to use you in life. Those who continually learn are those who continually rise in life. Always keep an attitude that you will learn from others so that you can keep yourself from becoming stagnant.
The fourth life-changing attitude is, I am content. Paul had to learn to be content, but it was an attitude he embraced. Contentment is a choice that determines your enjoyment of life and relationships. If you are always looking at what others have instead of what God has blessed you with, you will always find fault with God and your situation in life. Christian, you have every reason to be content in life. God has blessed you beyond measure, and contentment can be yours if you choose to dwell on His blessings.
The fifth life-changing attitude is, I abound. In verse 12, Paul discusses the ability to abound. You can choose to face life’s obstacles as an opportunity to overcome them, or you can face them as obstacles that keep you from doing what you desire to do. Whether or not you overcome obstacles comes down to whether you choose to abound or complain. If you will choose to have an overcoming attitude, you can live the abounding life.
The sixth life-changing attitude is, I can. Paul says in verse 13, “I can do all things through Christ…” “I can” or “I can’t” are attitudes you choose. You can look at life and say, “I can’t,” and your attitude you chose determines your inability to do. If you choose the “I can” attitude, there will be nothing that will stop you from doing what the LORD gives you to do.
All of these attitudes come down to you choosing them. They are not gifts; rather, they are choices. I ask you, what are you going to choose? Choose right, because your choice determines how far you go in life.