Thursday, August 23, 2012


Lately, I have really been convicted over my attitude, mostly at work. I like my job; don't get me wrong. I have just been doing a lot of grumbling and complaining lately and when I stop and think about it, it makes me sad. And so much of what I spend my time getting snippy over really just doesn't matter.

I have been contemplating what it means to "take captive" every thought, even the ugly ones. I don't like being short-tempered, or quick to anger, or easily frustrated, but I have been. Cussing under my breath when I am frustrated. Muttering unkind things when I don't get the answer I need. And that's just what makes it out of my mouth; there's plenty more where that came from. Bottom line: I would be embarrassed if some of you sat beside me at work for a day. Time to take these thoughts and words captive.

Just like I get up and go to the gym to exercise my body, I figured that I can exercise my attitude before I ever even start my day. I made a CD full of my favorite praise songs. I have listened to nothing else in the car this week and I have to say it helps. Drive time traffic alone makes it worthwhile.

Readers, how do you practice bearing the fruits of the spirit when you would just rather pick them up and throw them at someone?


  1. Hmm...I've been thinking on this because I struggle with the same thing. A friend told me earlier this year, "You can't draw from a dry well" I think you're on the right track. I've spent a lot of time in prayer about my attitude and often am reminded, 'Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks'. OUCH. So, for me, its more of a heart change than a behavior change, if that makes ANY sense. And that's never easy:(

  2. That makes A LOT of sense and those are really great thoughts. I appreciate you sharing!

  3. Linds, I have thought about this a lot since I first read it. I totally understand. Would love to talk about it sometime!


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