Thursday, July 30, 2009

Spiritual Attitude

"Pride goes before destruction,
a haughty spirit before a fall."
Proverbs 16:18 NLT

In the Noah's Webster Dictionary, the word "haughty" means: disdain; arrogance.

There will be times in your life when God will put you in a place that you are not going to like or be comfortable in. You may even be in a place where you feel is beneath you--but there you are.

How you do it--your spiritual attitude--will define the effect. You may think, "O.K., since I'm told to do this, I'm going to, but I don't like it. I'll show them." It's kind of like having a spiritual tantrum. And even though you think that you are hiding these feelings of anger, hurt, etc.--news flash--you're not. It leaks out by your words, your demeanor, your actions, your choices--your haughtiness. Stop it!

Another word close to haughtiness is bitterness. You think you are entitled to not have to be where you are at the moment, and because you are there, you can become bitter. Bitter against the people, situation, that has put you there. Or even against God.

It's a slippery slope and you need to confess. Confess to the Lord your true feelings. Confess to the Lord that you need His help to get this "haughty attitude" away from you. Pray that you humbly serve where He has you and for you to see the hidden blessings that He has there for you. And take ownership of why you are there.

If you look at your situation with eyes of faith and excitement that this is another piece of your life's journey, your whole spiritual attitude will change. And what a blessing you will be to the people that are sharing this journey with you!

"Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers,
and blessed is he who trusts in the LORD."
Proverbs 16:20 NLT

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