Attitude Determines Your Altitude

Sunday at church, our preacher spoke on 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18.  During his sermon he made a statement that has stayed in my head and heart ever since.

“Your Attitude Determines Your Altitude.”

Now, this is actually my second time starting to write this post.  I started a few minutes ago and for some reason lost it.  Let’s just say my attitude was not pretty.  I wonder if that happened on purpose.  Well here I go again, but first I need to check my attitude before I continue to type this post………………………………………….

 Okay, after saving and thinking I had lost it again, I’m really thinking this is going to be either a great post or a horrible post.  Let’s see where God leads my heart.

Online with, attitude is defined as, “manner, disposition, feeling, position, etc., with regard to a person or thing; tendency or orientation, especially of the mind.”  Now my definition is similar, “It’s how you feel or look.”

Have you ever heard the old saying, “They are wearing their feelings on their sleeves.”  Well I’m not sure where that came from, because I do not wear my feelings on my sleeve, I wear my feelings in my mind and on my face.

People have said my eyes tell them a lot about how I’m feeling.  No amount of makeup can hide them.  Trust me I have tried.

But to say my attitude determines my altitude made me think totally different.

Altitude means on, “the height of anything above a given planetary reference plane,especially above sea level on earth, extent or distance upward; height.”  In other words, altitude means height or upward.  

After pondering this for a few days, it is so true.  When I’m happy or my attitude is good, I stand up straight.  I’m happy.  I can do anything.  I feel great.  But when I’m depressed or sad, I sometimes slump or just look down.

Do you see where I’m going?

Your attitude is shown in your altitude – whether you are walking proud and happy or low and sad.

  I understand we all have bad days.  I understand we all are sad at times, BUT is that where God wants us or wants us to stay?

NO!  I have proof.  Look at these few verses.

I searched on (a great tool to use when you want to read what God says about something) and found attitude several times mentioned in the Bible.

Proverbs 14:30 Living Bible (TLB)

30 A relaxed attitude lengthens a man’s life; jealousy rots it away.

Matthew 20:28 Living Bible (TLB)

28 Your attitude must be like my own, for I, the Messiah,* did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give my life as a ransom for many.”

Acts 3:19 Living Bible (TLB)

19 Now change your mind and attitude to God and turn to him so he can cleanse away your sins and send you wonderful times of refreshment from the presence of the Lord

Ephesians 4:23 Living Bible (TLB)

23 Now your attitudes and thoughts must all be constantly changing for the better.

Now I know what you are thinking.  And I’m the first to admit some of these, if not all of these have come to my mind before.

You don’t live with his man or woman.  How can I have a good attitude?

Your children are not as mean as mine.

You make more money than me.  You can have a good attitude.

You don’t have any health conditions.  You can do everything you want.

You haven’t walked in my shoes.

You don’t understand – it was how I was raised.

And I could keep going on and on and on….. but I’ll stop there.

So how do we keep our attitude in check.  The only way I know is giving it ALL to the Lord.










Really?  I try, but I just can’t.  I know it’s hard.  Times are hard.  But remember things were hard back when Jesus walked this soil and Abraham and Moses and Noah and Joseph and David and Ruth and Paul and Peter.

God knows we are not perfect.  God knows we can’t do it along.

God knew we would need someone to help us.


He was born.  He grew.  He walked.  He died.  He faced more punishment, more pain, more of everything than we could ever imagine.

But what was HIS attitude.

Philippians 2:5 New International Version (NIV)

In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:

1 Peter 4:1 New International Version (NIV)

Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because whoever suffers in the body is done with sin.

Through everything.  Through everyone following Him, through everyone wanting something from Him, through the persecution He received, through His death, His attitude was to serve God with a faithful heart, to love everyone, and to die for you and me.  Not only did He die, He was resurrected and rose on the third day for you and me.

Matthew 28:16-20 New International Version (NIV)

16 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations,baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Let me be the first to tell you, “LIFE IS HARD!”  God never said it would be easy.  In the Bible, He tells us it will be hard and we will face trials and tribulation.  But He also gave us something to look forward to, to live for, to have a good attitude for.

It’s okay for us to have a bad attitude but let’s try not to stay there.  You can always find something to make you happy.

During this Holiday season, some of us will be sad or upset for various reasons.  But let’s try to find something that is right.  Let’s find something we can be thankful for.  Let’s find something to praise God for.  Let’s have a mindset of Jesus.  Let’s show people how Jesus can change everything, even your attitude.





  1. Christa

    This is very practical advice, Jeanie! My altitude gets low when I get too busy and have too much going on. That’s when I need my attitude adjusted!

  2. Christa

    This is very practical advice, Jeanie! My altitude gets low when I get too busy and have too much going on. That’s when I need my attitude adjusted!

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