How’s your attitude?

Mr. Webster offers several definitions for the word attitude.

1) A ballet position (Not the one I was looking for)

2) The position of an aircraft as it relates to a certain star or to the horizon (Still not what I needed.)

3) A mental position with regard to a fact or state, as in, “a helpful attitude” (We’re getting close!)

As I prepare any message, I first want to be sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s leadership and the particular text to which He leads me. In this recent series on “Attitudes,” the passage from Philippians 2 has been key:  “Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus…” We are exploring moving from an attitude of complaining to an attitude of thanksgiving.  Without question, Jesus exemplified an attitude of thanksgiving when, even as He faced the cross, He remained humble and obedient.  I also try to be sensitive to the things the Lord may bring into my life as I prepare to preach.  While making a recent hospital visit, I saw a poster in the window of the supervising nurse for that particular floor.  While its words were not completely unfamiliar, I thought a reminder might be “good medicine for all of us.”  These words are attributed to Chuck Swindoll.

ATTITUDE

The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude to me is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do.  It is more important than appearance, giftedness, or skill.  It will make or break a company…a church…a school…a home.  The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day.  We cannot change our past…we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way.  We cannot change the inevitable.  The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have and that is our attitude.  I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.  And so it is with you…we are in charge of our ATTITUDES.

So, let’s take the nurse’s advice, listen to Chuck, and follow the lead of our Lord!

Pastor Bob

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