A SMALL THING THAT MAKES A BIG DIFFERENCE…
In our leadership discussion time with our staff this week I shared some thoughts that I want to pass on to you. I hope it will be helpful to you as well.
Did you know that God has given you something that He allows you to have control over? It is something that has the power to make a big difference in every aspect of your life? And God has given it to you. It’s your attitude! Everybody has one, and everybody has the ability to choose the kind of attitude they have.
I love the old Peanuts comic strip and in particular one in which Lucy declares, “Boy, do I feel crabby.” Her little brother, Linus, proceeds to try to make it better. “Maybe, I can be of help. Why don’t you just take my place here in front of the TV while I go and fix you a nice snack? Sometimes we all need a little pampering to help us feel better.”
Then Linus brings her a sandwich, a few chocolate chip cookies, and some milk.
“Now is there anything else I can get you?” he asks. “Is there anything I haven’t thought of?”
“Yes, there’s one thing you haven’t thought of,” And then Lucy screams at Linus, “I don’t want to feel better!”
Many people are just like that aren’t they? I bet you work with some, or have some in your family or circle of friends. Their lives are miserable and a bad attitude has become the norm for them, and they don’t want to feel better. That’s tragic!
Now there are some things that you can’t control, things like where you were born, who your parents were, your race, and how or where you grew up. You have no control over those things and you can’t change them. But your attitude is different. It is something that you do have control over, it’s something that you can change and the fact is; most of us have at least a few areas where our attitude needs changing. Numerous studies of highly successful people reveal that one of the most powerful factors in their success is a good attitude. They chose to control, rather than be controlled by it. It’s a small thing, but it is common among those who achieve and succeed.
Did you know that the Bible has great deal to say about your attitude? There are scores of passages that deal with the attitude that we choose. Passages like Philippians 4:8, “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” That’s about choosing your attitude. Or how about verse 11 of that same chapter, “Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.” That’s about choosing your attitude. Paul could say those things because his attitude was adjusted by his gratitude for what Christ had done for him, and so in spite of all the difficulties, setbacks and distresses of his life (and there were many) his attitude was shaped by the positive truth of the gospel and eternal things.
There are many others passages like, Romans 12:16; James 4:10; Colossians 3:23; Proverbs 17:22; and Hebrews 13:15 just to name a few that all reflect our choice of attitude. They help remind us that our attitude is a small thing, but it makes a big difference in our life because it affects our work, it affects our worship of God and it affects our walk with God. God has given you the ability to choose your attitude. So, what kind are you choosing?
Reminder… We will be joining scores of area churches and pastor on Wednesday September 14th at 6:30 PM at the Dothan Civic Center for a area wide time of prayer. Plan now to be there.
Fred Luter… and our last night of Awesome August 2016 tomorrow at 6:30. A great conclusion to a great month. And remember, God is always trying to take you someplace new. I love being your pastor!
For God’s Glory Alone,