Attitude is Everything
nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with
humility of mind regard one another as more
important than yourselves; do not merely look out
for your own personal interests, but also for the
interests of others. Have this attitude in
yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who,
although He existed in the form of God, did not
regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but
emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant,
and being made in the likeness of men.
It is said that 90% of
life is out of our control. All day life comes at us
and all we can do is react. And most of the things
that we can have a bad attitude about, we are going
to have to do anyway, so we might as well enjoy it.
The way to do this is to decide to have a good
attitude. It turns out, that our attitude is one of
the few things in our life that we can control. And
our attitude affects everything that we do. Self
control, controlling our emotions, having a positive
attitude about life, having a good attitude about
work. All of these things are under our control. And
it is vital that you learn to control your emotions
and maintain a positive attitude throughout your
life (Prov 25:28). The passage above from Paulís
letter to the Philippians encourages us to adopt an
attitude of caring concern for the people around us.
It exhorts us to not merely look out for ourselves,
but to also look out for others.
Jesus set the
ultimate example, by laying aside His divinity to
become a man and suffer death on the cross that we
might have life. He gave up more than we could ever
imagine and He did it for us. While He was here, He
modeled a servant attitude and instructed us to
follow Him in this when He washed the Disciplesí
feet (John 13:5-20). We are also instructed to have
a joyful attitude through Godís Spirit (Gal 5:22).
So remember how important your attitude is. It
colors your whole day. Ultimately it will color your
life. Let your attitude be a positive force in your
life. You will be happier, the people around you
will be happier. Your life will have more impact.
You will accomplish more. You will enjoy your life
more. But it is a choice Ė so I urge you to decide
to have a positive, godly attitude about life and
maintain it all your days.
"Choose you this day whom you will
serve.....but as for me and my house, we will serve