One’s attitude speaks before words are said

Published 5:36 pm Wednesday, August 2, 2023

Having the opportunity to speak to many groups of people, I was reminded of the following I received anonymously years ago about how we affect others.  I’ve taken the liberty to share it with you, hoping that it will help you as much as it helped me.




We have a tendency to adopt the attitude of the people closest to us.  That’s why Paul wrote in Romans 1:12, “Your faith will help me, and my faith will help you.”  The truth is that doubters get what they expect – and so do believers!  Looking for God’s best in every situation isn’t just scriptural; it helps you identify opportunities you would otherwise miss.


Seeing people through God’s eyes causes them to be attracted to you and open in how they react.  Is that important?  Absolutely!  Why?  Because often your attitude will touch them before your message does.


Many public speakers point out that there are two kinds of people in any organization: polluters and purifiers.  The polluters are like smokestacks, releasing dirty smoke all the time.  They hate clear skies, and no matter how good it gets, they find a way to make it gloomy.  When the people around them breathe their toxins, they feel sicker and sicker.


Purifiers, on the other hand, make everything around them better.  It doesn’t matter what kind of negative atmosphere they encounter.  They take in the toxic words of polluters just like everyone else does, but they filter them before passing them on.  What goes in gloomy and negative comes out fresh and clear.


The question is:  When you spend time with people, do they walk away feeling better or worse?  Do you clear the air by giving them encouragement and a fresh outlook on life, or do they leave feeling downcast and discouraged?  Observe how people respond to you and you’ll know which group you belong to.


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