Most often, I'd have to answer, "no" to this question. I get easily frustrated with whiny and needy children, crabby at unfriendly cashiers and annoyed at interruptions to the plan I had for my day.
I remember a great message I heard on Focus on the Family years ago about attitude. The main thing I remember is that our attitude is a choice.
It is a choice I'm making when a cashier is grumpy to join her in that attitude.
It is a choice to allow myself to get easily frustrated with my children.
On this side of Heaven, I know I will not always choose a God-honoring attitude, but how can I choose it more often than not rather than the other way around?
I mean, frankly, sometimes it feels better to be crabby when I feel wronged or put out. But what kind of witness am I having for Christ when I respond this way? And, what kind of example am I setting for my children when I respond this way?
You can read more here about one of my experiences in this area. I'm also reminded of this Scripture:
Philippians 2:3-4, "Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others."So, how do you choose a good attitude? I look forward to hearing your thoughts...