I am not a fan of rain. In fact, you could say that I hate it.
Don’t get me wrong, I like what the rain does in bringing life and washing the world as it were. I just don’t like being out in it at all.
My first missions trip was to Kingston, Jamaica. It rained everyday in Kingston that we were there. It rained just before we got up early in the morning and right around dinner time for a few minutes each afternoon. It was sunny and clear most the rest of the time. That works.
As I was sitting in my normal Thursday morning location studying and preparing upcoming messages, I was in a booth next to a window and it was raining. I watched people dash to and from their vehicles and come in shaking the rain off. It seems I am not the only one who doesn’t care much for the rain. We all know something to be true, most people’s moods are not as good when it rains.
Something about the gray skies, cool dampness, and drops of water falling from above just drains the energy our of us. The problem is, we let that affect what we do and how we do it.
Yes, outside forces affect us. Yes, weather and conditions make a difference. Yet, we choose our attitude. Mood is fickle, attitude doesn’t have to be. In fact, an intentional attitude can improve our mood.
If we choose to have a good and positive attitude then our mood will come along, even if it is kicking and screaming. Attitude trumps mood. But, only if we choose for it to do so.
So, we can blame our mood on the rain. We can blame a lack of productivity on our environment. We can excuse our negativity citing outside forces. We can dismiss our responsibility with a victim mindset. But, it doesn’t change the reality that our attitude is our choice.
Even when it rains we can be positive. We can be productive. We can be effective. The only determining factor is the choice we make.
So let’s not “blame it on the rain, yeah, yeah, yeah” (sorry, couldn’t resist). Instead, let’s choice to be positive, to encourage others, and let a good, right attitude determine our mood.
Let’s choose to live all in.