“Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes” (Ephesians 4:23, NLT).

At my small, church-run college, we heard a lot about attitude. Attitude would make all the difference in whether the college experience was enjoyable or miserable. As a freshman, I took that advice to heart and frequently reminded myself to watch my attitude, especially when confronted with new situations. As you might imagine, I didn’t always succeed.

Many attitudes (manner, disposition, tendency or orientation) are learned as children and they become habits of thinking. Unless something or someone draws our attention to these habits, we might not even be aware of them. Of course God the Holy Spirit knows our hearts and if we are tune with him, will not only make us aware of them, but will gently renew our thoughts and attitudes. God renews and refreshes our minds because he loves us. He wants us to see life, ourselves and others from his perspective, to be renewed and joyful. It really does make all the difference.

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