I remember vividly telling my children nearly every week that attitude is 90% of life! It is not a matter of what you engage but how you engage. It was usually a challenging assignment, teacher, or fellow student that launched the discussion about attitude.
The Apostle Paul wrote to the Philippians: “Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus” (2:5). I don’t know about you, but I find that a continual challenge. Just about the time I think I might have a handle on my attitude, another challenge arises! I realize there is more Jesus work to be done in me.
Emptied of self, humbling embodied in the flesh, and headed toward the Cross, Jesus lived a selfless, loving life. Imagine! What would the world look like if we each did nothing from selfish ambition or personal interests alone? How would my home, church and community be changed if every person who named the Name of Jesus lived without grumbling and above reproach? Our attitudes issue in our behaviors.
Perhaps the best Christmas gifts this year entail becoming the kind of person that gives out of a loving heart. Dallas Willard spoke to a cohort I participated in and said more than once that “love is moving toward someone else’s highest good.” Certainly that is what Jesus did. If we are to have the same attitude, the Holy Spirit must continue to work in our lives producing His Fruit! The fruit of the Spirit is Love!!
Enjoy this month’s theme, ATTITUDE, and take some time for personal reflection!
The School for Leadership Development team wishes you a very Merry Christmas and abundant blessings in the New Year.