We’ve heard it all before…how we should have an attitude of gratitude. And we should, but…frankly, some days we are more prone to having a BADttitude.

So, what actually is a BADttitude? It’s being cross, cranky, grumpy and unable – or unwilling – to put the best construction on anything. It’s having a bad day. It is when the sinful “old Adam” within us refuses to let go of grudges, perceived insults, criticism and self-righteousness. It is the time that we choose to be offended. It is the “I don’t care that I’m being unreasonable” irritability that our human nature makes us susceptible to.

Romans 3:23 puts it this way, “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God…”

How do we overcome a BADttitude? It may sound simplistic, but it remains true that Jesus IS the answer.

He spares us none of the pain, informing us that, “In the world you will have tribulation (aka trouble).” In the same sentence, he assures us to, “take heart; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)

Exactly what does that mean to us, especially in the midst of crisis?

How does that help when we are battling to pay the bills, worrying about a sick child, struggling with an aging parent or grieving a lost loved one?

It means that:

1. God cares. He knows our troubles and hears our cry for help.
“The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.” Psalm 34:18

2. God’s people and His church are there to provide comfort, and practical help.
“If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.” 1 John 3:17-18

3. God’s love is greater than anything the world can throw at us.
“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?…No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:35, 37-39

When life gives you a BADttitude…run!

Run – to God in prayer.
Run – to His church, for spiritual strength and healing. Reach out to His people for support in times of trouble.

Run – to the Savior’s loving arms!

The old spiritual hymn, “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” reminds us of the easiest way to lose our bad attitude…

Are we weak and heavy-laden,
Cumbered with a load of care?
Precious Savior, still our refuge—
Take it to the Lord in prayer;
Do thy friends despise, forsake thee?
Take it to the Lord in prayer;
In His arms He’ll take and shield thee,
Thou wilt find a solace there.

P.S. Trinity Lutheran Church offers free help with BADttitude adjustment on Sundays at 9 a.m. and Mondays at 7 p.m. 🙂