“Attitude is everything.”

If you want to succeed in this life as a Christian you must constantly check your attitude. Christians lose jobs every day because of poor attitudes. They are passed over for promotion because of the way they approach their job (ministry) and the people around them.

No one should ever lose a job, be passed over for promotion or destroy a marriage and family because of a poor attitude. Why? Because a person’s attitude isn’t set. It’s a choice we all make every day.

Attitude is more important than education, money, status, or life’s circumstances and yes, even success. It’s more important than what other people say or do. It’s more important than appearance or skill. It will make or break a company, a church, an organization or a home.

We have a choice every day regarding the attitude we embrace by the time our feet hit the floor. We cannot change our past, the way people around us act or how unfair life seems to be at times. However, we can change our attitude toward all of it.

I’m convinced that life is ten percent what happens to us and ninety percent how we react to it. There are many things in life we can never change. But, there is one thing that is under our control, our attitude.

The wisest man in the world said, “He that ruleth his spirit (attitude) is better (stronger) than he who captures a city” Proverbs 16:32. Temperance is true self-government. It involves the grace of self-denial and the spirit of humility.

The Apostle Paul writes in Philippians 2:5, “You must have the same attitude that Jesus Christ had.” (NLT) Jesus always approached people with love, grace, acceptance and a heart to serve, not be served. The starting point for every Christian every day is checking the attitude meter.

Your attitude affects every action you take. Smiles and firm handshakes may get you through the doors of opportunity. But, only an attitude of a servant, without any selfish expectations, will maximize those opportunities.

Never forget. Your attitude determines the state of your world every day. It is the foundation for every success and every failure you have had and will have. Your attitude controls your life. The good news is—you control your attitude!