Life has been stressful these last few weeks, okay… months. I don’t thrive when I am on bedrest or recovering from a c-section. I certainly don’t thrive, and neither does my family, in the chaos that my being unproductive brings. This chaos can also have a huge impact on my attitude (for the worse!).
The Lord has really been dealing with me lately about how *I* am the one who controls my attitude, not the circumstances that surround me. When I get angry and yell at the kids, I am not showing them the love of Christ, I am showing them the hatred of the world. That is not the kind of home that I want my children to live in. When I have a smile on my face and a happy heart, then my kids are seeing the love that Christ demonstrated and have a happy home.
I have also found that no matter what kind of mood I am in, my children reflect and magnify it. The worse my attitude is, the worse the obedience and attitude of my children but the better my attitude, the better they behave and have a merry heart. Even when the children are fussy, I can chose to deal with them with a smile on my face. I have noticed that when I do this, their "frown" will often turn upside down and their behavior changes for the better.
I have also noticed that my attitude is often lacking when I am not spending as much time with the Lord as I should. I think that this is one of the biggest and best things that we can do to "adjust" our attitude. It is amazing how spending time in thanksgiving and prayer will really put things into perspective.
We are to train our children to grow into the image of Christ and the best way to do that is to model a Christ-like attitude to them… in our home and to the world. When we do this, our home will be full of joy, happiness and love; THAT will make our attitude even more joyous.