A NEW LEASE ON LIFE

In the constant battle that is being waged between the person you are and the person you want to be, obvious questions arise, especially if you are a believer: Is it possible to change my attitude? Is it necessary? And if it is possible to modify my attitude, how can I create a new attitude?

 

Personally, I believe that an individual can change his or her perspective on life. If that weren’t possible, the Christian faith would be ineffective and the Bible would be a book of vain philosophies. But since the Bible teaches us that it is possible to “put off the old man” and to “put on the new man” (see Colossians 3:9-10), I believe that a person, with some effort and a sincere desire to change, can definitely modify his or her outlook on life.

The attitude you now exhibit is actually an acquired trait that can be “unlearned” and relearned the proper way. More than likely, your perspective on life was instilled in you by your family and your environment, and it has been reinforced by a lifetime of destructive thinking and behavior. But now that you are a Christian, you have a choice. You don’t have to accept the attitude the world has handed to you and that your sinful nature has nurtured. You can renounce the attitude of “death” that you normally exhibit. You can repent of it, turn around, and, with the help and guidance of the Holy Spirit, create a whole new way of viewing the world.