1) Toward people – Remember we are all recipients of God’s grace in one way or another. Everyone has weaknesses, you most of all. So, practice looking at people as souls – friends of God. How will you find people to be? Probably the way you are figuring they will be. Don’t start with the assumption that you will be annoyed, start with who the person is – the qualities they have. Sometimes I look at people and think, “If we are all created in the image of God, what does this person teach me about who God is?” Another thing is to smile. Smiling lifts your attitude toward the people you meet and it lifts their too!
2) Toward yourself – The words we say to ourselves probably hurt us the most. You have to get into your mind just how much the Lord cares for you, thinks about you and loves you. You are never too far from God’s reach. Begin to cultivate an attitude of care and gratitude for today – you are breathing and alive! You have precious time to spend, a day to invest and a life to use! Don’t think of yourself as nothing… God doesn’t! (Eph 2:10)
3) Toward your circumstance – give thanks in all things, good and bad. (1 Thes 5:18). “Not only so, but we[ also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. (Romans 5:3-5)
4) Toward your enemies – “The best way to make destroy an enemy is make him a friend.” (Abraham Lincoln). Scripture talks about loving our enemies. Life is too short to have them. Pray for your enemies. Take little actions toward them as you are able to forgive and forget.
5) Toward your work – The opportunity to work is a gift. Even if you are not fulfilled in your job, you are being counted on to work honestly, whole heartedly and faithfully until the last minute you are employed. You are also called upon to provide for yourself and your family, which requires being employed in some manner. Also remember, your work isn’t just your 9-5 job – your work is to walk in the steps of Jesus as a friend, a spouse, and a believer. Maybe your job keeps you available to serve in the church, to be a great mom or dad, or to make a difference in the world in some other way.