If I had ever doubted that I was officially a father, all doubt was removed the first time I used the classic dad phrase, “You need an attitude adjustment!” I grew up hearing that phrase (because I needed one often), and somehow it snuck into my adult vocabulary.
As adults, we still often need an attitude adjustment. The sons of Korah, who artistically penned the words of Psalm 42, understood that need…
Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me?
Psalm 42:5A (ESV)
Even the sons of Korah, grown men, and authors of part of the Bible, needed an attitude adjustment!
According to this article from Inc., complaining is terrible for you. I think we could have all assumed it, but now we know science backs it up. The article discusses how thinking negative thoughts makes it easier to think more negative thoughts in the future. The more we do it, the easier it becomes, and the harder the cycle gets to break.
The sons of Korah found the best fix for a Negative Nancy or a Debbie Downer (no offense, Nancys and Debbies!)…
Hope in God; for I shall again praise Him, my salvation and my God.
Psalm 43:5B (ESV)
When pain has us down, we need a perspective shift. We have to choose hope, and to praise Him again (not just once, or a couple times). Worship is the best way to fix a bad mood. It shifts our perspective, realigns our hearts, puts our emotions in check, and reminds us Whose we are!
So next time you’re feeling like Melancholy Michael or Sad Sally, worship out of that bad attitude, off of that cliff, and into pressing forward. God is your salvation – it can’t get better than that!
K E V I N • M I L L E R
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