Is it all in the attitude?
If you listen to the one of great coaches you will know that it is everything but is your attitude the attitude of Jesus?
Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it. – Lou Holtz
But beyond sports you can find all kinds of great quotes to support the attitude concept:
- Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character. – Albert Einstein
- Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference. – Winston Churchill
- It is not the body’s posture, but the heart’s attitude that counts when we pray. – Billy Graham
- Defeat is not bitter unless you swallow it. – Joe Clark
- …we could fill the page with quotes on attitude…
But what if we took on the attitude of Jesus..
I office in the house and I walk past the sticky note shown in this post multiple times daily. It is hanging on my daughter’s door and I read it when I go to get her up for school every morning and then again just about every time I go from my office to any other part of the house. It is to the point that it is almost not seen it is so subliminal.
Some kids were over the other day and one of them asked what the verse was and I am sad to say I had to refer them to Hannah to explain what the verse was. Just because I see it daily does not mean that I looked it up and committed it to memory but that has since changed. If you do not know it, it’s a powerful, one line verse.Phillipians 2:5 NIV – In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus NKJV – Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus. ESV – Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus
Pretty easy AND straightforward. I am embarrassed that I did not learn this one line verse months ago, but hey, I am just trying to work it out like everyone else.
Living with the Attitude of Jesus
So what does it mean to live with the mindset as is ours in Jesus…
I am sure I may have it all wrong but I believe it is to live with an attitude of gratitude and thankfulness. To give glory in all things to God as opposed to seeking the edification for ourselves that we were able to accomplish anything in our own power.
I will admit that this is a new one to me over the past few years. Men are raised to look out for number one, take care of yourself so you can take care of business, if you don’t look out for yourself no one else will…you put in whatever platitude was used. All my upbringing is one based on self-reliance, which in the mortal realm is easy to comprehend. Relying on something greater than oneself has been a learning experience that I have only recently fully bought into.
I strive to live the attitude of Jesus and not just be a consumer of His grace but an instrument of it.