11 Can Adjusting This One Thing Change Your Future?


Can Adjusting This One Thing Change Your Future?

“If you serve Christ with this attitude, you will please God,
and others will approve of you, too.”

Romans 14:18 (NLT)


What do you think is the biggest factor affecting your future? Is it how much money you make? Is it your connections? How about your past? No, it’s none of these! It’s your attitude. Your attitude is your general mental/emotional outlook on life and is the backdrop for everything you think, say or do.

Here’s what Pastor Charles (Chuck) Swindoll has to say about attitude: “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, say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness, or skill. It will make or break a company…a church… a home….”

As Christians, we have profound reasons to have a good attitude. First, because Jesus bore our sins on the cross, we get to start each day forgiven, as if we’ve never sinned. Second, through countless scriptures, we know that God requires us to maintain good attitudes. Third, we have hope. Let’s go deeper into each of these reasons to have and keep a good attitude.

We are forgiven
As far as God is concerned, we have been forgiven of our sins and can start each day with a clean slate. The Bible clearly states that Jesus bore our iniquities and guilt. We all make mistakes. If we choose to, we can waste very day of our lives feeling guilty about yesterday. But why live in guilt, when it serves no good purpose? Jesus shed His blood so that we might live free from sin’s tyranny. Feeling guilty about past mistakes won’t undo them. Attitude is an important key to moving beyond the past and bringing about a good future. Is a good attitude optional? No.

God requires a good attitude
God’s intent is that we be conformed to His image. So Jesus, as God in the flesh, is the model for our attitudes. What God requires of us then is a “God” attitude. The entire Bible is full of examples of both good and bad attitudes. When we measure our attitudes against what God desires for us, we know where adjustments are needed. For example, I Corinthians 13 is referred to as “the love chapter.”
Here we see a concrete example of what an attitude of love looks like. The Bible sets the standard for our attitudes about all aspects of our lives. Don’t give up now, because God’s presence brings hope.

We have hope
God’s presence brings hope. Hopefulness and bad attitudes don’t mix. We know that He will never leave us or forsake us, so we have hope for today and the future. He tells us in His Word, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11).

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. The only thing we can do is take responsibility for our attitudes, impacting the present and the future. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.

Will you choose to be in charge of your attitudes? Now, that’s the choice-driven life!


Today’s Bible Reading:

Genesis 28-29; Mark 11





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The Most Important Choice You Can Make:

Prayer for Salvation:

God in Heaven, I come to You in the name of Your Son, Jesus. I confess that I haven’t lived my life for You. I believe that Jesus is the Son of God. I believe that He died on the cross and rose again from the dead so I might have a better life now and eternal life in heaven. Jesus, come into my heart and be my Lord and Savior. From this day forward, I’ll live my life for You to the best of my ability. In Jesus’ Name I pray, Amen.

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  1. Genesis 28:14 the continued renewal of the covenant of blessing upon the ‘seed’ of Abraham

    28:22 the tithe is part of the Abrahamic covenant of grace. Melchizedek (Gen 14) is a type of Christ, or even an OT appearance of Jesus (King and Priest) – the ordinance of the tithe runs through the whole of scripture as an acknowledgement of the Lord’s provision and authority in our finances.

    Bethel – (Gen 28:10-22) – where is your ‘Bethel’ – that place where the Lord has revealed Himself to you, spoken to you, called you?

    Notice the generational issues of deception, Jacob deceived his father, now he is deceived in the matter of Leah and Rachel.

  2. God requires a good attitude from us; He is interested in our motives. If we have the wrong motives: let’s say we do things for self gain, then it doesn’t mean much to God. But if our motives are to serve people for Him and act righteously; doing things the right way, then we are well on our way. Our aim should always be to please God and not people.

  3. Bobby Kamaroes says:

    Isn’t it awesome to know that God always forgives us? Today I heard a message about how important our attitude is; God blesses us when our attitude is godly. The world knows it, now we as Christians have to catch up.

  4. Tammy Gebeonza says:

    Our attitude is of great importance; I had to learn that through great struggles. Until I realized that my attitude keeps me where I am, I was ready to change and my life got better and better. Thanks Olga for encouraging us.

  5. Now that is the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Yesterday, everything that could go wrong went wrong, at least according to the way I saw it. I refuse to stress and since I didn’t KNOW what was the cause, I decided, since God knew, then all I had to do was wait on Him to remove the kinks-pot holes and move things along smoothly as He can do. While I waited, I listened to the Psalms in Hebrew and prayed for all those who seemly causing the rearrangement of my day. I have NOT always reacted in this manner. I am learning to make better choices.

    You know it, my attitude of gratitude had me in such peace that when everything lined up (delay not denial) I was full of joy and receive each person with graciousness. One person even thanked God for me being there for them in agreement prayer. We all have “choice” and when we stay in an attitude of gratitude it is a form of worship to the most high God who handles the details of our daily living. Olga, God’s BEST be yours. I Shalom your life and day!

    • Thank you so much Evelyn, you blessed me today. Yes, our attitude of gratitude is a God attitude and when we do we set ourselves up to be blessed by God.

  6. Wonderful article that demonstrates the power we have over what happens in our lives by the choices we make. Attitude and mindset reflect our perception of who we are and what our choices will represent…and ultimately create. Thanks for sharing this!
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