For many of you, reading those four words resulting in a question, you’ve already ‘guessed’ they could have been taken out of the words of Matthew 5 when Jesus spoke what we commonly refer to as the “Beatitudes”. Paraphrased, later in the writing of Paul in Philippians 2:5 he states; “We are to have the same attitude as Jesus had.”
How is it that we are to have that same attitude? Consider just a few examples that you and I can easily relate to. How many jobs do some people lose because of poor attitudes? Then, how many others are passed over for promotion not only because of a lack of work performance, but because of a poor attitude in and around others? How much must does a company lose due what is referred to as “shrinkage”? In other words, items paid for by the company that simply ‘disappear’ without being paid for, as well those items taken from the operation of the business to home for personal use. Or then, how much wasted time is lost around the cooler, or over the allotted time allowed for lunch or coffee breaks?
How many marriages fall apart because of a lack of right and proper attitude directed toward one another? How many families are separated because of a lack of right and proper attitude when it comes to forgiveness of one another? How many friendships have been severed when one party or the other become angry with one another because ‘things’ were not done the way the other thought an area should have been handled. How many leave a church because the pastor or teacher stepped on a person’s toes regarding a biblical area that should be considered for change? You no doubt can add many other examples too.
Chuck Swindoll writes; “Attitude, to me, is more important than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It’s more important than appearance, giftedness, regarding the attitude we embrace for that day. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and tha t is our attitude. I’m 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.”
Paul wrote in Philippians just how Jesus dealt with problems, either with an individual or a couple, and that was by way of love, grace, acceptance, and a heart to prefer one another by way of attitude. Dale Carnegie said this about attitude: “It isn’t what you have or who you are, or where you are, or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about it!” Winston Churchill said, “Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.”
Read afresh the words of Paul in Philippians 2:3-5, “Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had!”
“What Be Your Attitude?”
Blessings, Psalm 20:7 Dale & Jeannie