“But I don’t want to change my attitude” is exactly what I said last week while at work listening to Pastor Rick Warren’s podcast, Daily Hope. I can’t remember exactly what the topic was that day but I do remember it had something to do with attitude and I happen to have a bad one.
It was one of those days where nothing wanted to stay in its place. I work for Nestle traveling from to store to store stocking pizza and ice cream doing audits twice a week.
Have you ever had pizza fall on your head? Or bust your lip open with an empty pizza box? This is a normal day for me, that and falling in a store freezer, adding another yet another bruise to my collection. All things that are quick to put you in a bad mood and change your attitude.
Acknowledging Your Attitude
During the podcast Pastor Rick said we can change our attitude if we choose. My very first thought and I am pretty sure I even said it out loud was “But I don’t want to change my attitude.” It is a good thing no one else was in the aisle at the time. Then again I was in Walmart.
Some might be judging me right now and some might be able to relate. Changing our Attitude is no different than Forgiving. We must make the decision to do so and follow through.
The funny thing is I already knew I had a bad attitude and I already knew I needed to change it. I just didn’t want to. When I changed my mindset and renewed my mind, a few years back, I became aware of my own thoughts. I also became aware of my actions, decisions, and most of all my attitudes. Yes, I said attitudes.
When you are a former Negative Nancy and you are now a Polly Positive you tend to cringe around negative people. You want nothing to do with them. So, when you, yourself becomes negative you do your best to change your thoughts immediately.
I wasn’t ready to be positive. Not yet anyway.
The Coffee That Changed Everything
Before I left that store I had turned a Joyce Meyer podcast on. Her topic in that podcast was all about Giving. Again, God was on my case about my attitude.
This time I began to feel sorry myself. I started asking myself why should I be positive or more giving? After all no one ever pays for my order in the drive thru so why should I pay for someone else?
Colossians 3:2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.
Do you know anyone who seems to fall into a pile of poo but somehow climbs out smelling like roses? I do. A couple people to be exact.
I know it was Satan slipping the thoughts into my mind. Slip by slip he would insert them like an ATM distributing money.
There I was eating them all up like a shredder eating paper. Each slip was like a bite of unhealthy food for another negative thought.
A few hours after asking for forgiveness and a few stores later I decided top stop by Starbucks on my lunch break to grab a Frappe’. By this time I had calmed way down and forgot about those lingering thoughts about giving.
I ordered my usual Grande Java Chip Frappuccino and made my way to the window. I remember thinking as I pulled forward just how grateful I should be.
A few years earlier I couldn’t even afford gas station coffee! Yet here I was buying Starbucks and I didn’t even have to scrape change from under my seats.
I pulled up to the window and the Barista handed me my drink and said:
“The lady in front of you paid! Have a great day!”
My eyes instantly filled with tears and a forced smile made its way across my face. I was paralyzed for an infra-fracture of a second with disbelief. Or maybe it was guilt.
I was complaining just hours earlier to myself about how no one ever paid for my order. God sure showed me! I actually thought about chasing that lady down and telling her everything but quickly realized that could end badly.
That is why I am sharing this confession with you. In hopes that it sparks an attitude change in you. As an introvert I don’t always feel welcomed but God has a way of always showing me different. This is How A Starbucks Coffee Changed My Attitude.
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