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Attitude Series #3

August 29, 2018
By Dr. Jason Song

I've been working with students for more than 30 years, of which 20 years have been at New Covenant Academy. One of the things I learned through my experience is that poor attitude is directly correlated with lack of gratitude. In fact, I bet that lack of gratitude is the cause of poor attitude. 

People in general don't realize how "good" their life is because they always complain about what they don't have, and how terrible are the things that they do have. Often, they compare themselves with those who have more, spend more, and display more! If they would just stop comparing, or compare their lives with the less fortunate, then they'll realize how blessed they are!

The fact is, even the low income families in this country are doing way better than their counterparts in places like sub-Saharan Africa or parts of Middle East or North Korea. How fortunate is it that we are living in one of the most developed and affluent countries in the world! How blessed are we to have food on the table, clothes on our back, and roof over our heads!

I'm sure some readers will say, "Come on! That's not fair! We're living in the 21st Century, and we need fast internet , fancy cars, stylish clothes, and spacious homes!" Sure, we need “things” like cars. But, we are not entitled to sporty cars or luxury cars or speedy cars. Those adjectives accurately describe our selfishness, don't they?

Here are some questions to ponder. Are you grateful for the breath that is in you? Are you thankful for your parents, family, and friends? Do you appreciate what you already have? Have you developed a spirit of gratitude regardless of your circumstances?

Be thankful for the little things in life, and count your blessings. Over time, you'll develop an attitude of gratitude. Remember the old hymn: "Count your blessings: name them one by one...see what God has done...and it will surprise you what the Lord has done" (Johnson Oatman, Jr. 1897).

Cultivate an attitude of gratitude by counting your blessings today. Lose the sense of entitlement and selfishness.