An Attitude Check

There once was a woman who woke up one morning, looked in the mirror, and noticed she had only three hairs on her head. “Well,” she said, “I think I’ll braid my hair today.” So she did and she had a wonderful day. The next day she woke up, looked in the mirror and saw that she had only two hairs on her head. “H-m-m, ” she said, “I think I’ll part my hair down the middle today.” So she did and she had a grand day. The next day she woke up, looked in the mirror and noticed that she had only one hair on her head. “Well,” she said, “today I’m going to wear my hair in a pony tail.” So she did and she had a fun, fun day. The next day she woke up, looked in the mirror and noticed that there wasn’t a single hair on her head. “YEA!” she exclaimed, “I don’t have to fix my hair today” Attitude is everything (adapted).

Attitude is important.  If we have a bad attitude, we’ll have a bad day.  Test that and see.  I have a bad attitude often enough to realize that is VERY true.  The days when my attitude is good; those are the days when I feel good, I am energetic, and I get things done.  Bad attitudes are a killer to the Christian life and mind, and Satan uses them to his benefit.

The Apostle Paul writes,

“Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus ”
(Phil. 2:5).

So what does that even mean?  I mean, I’m no Jesus. I’m certainly not perfect—not even close, and when I look in my spiritual mirror, I’m not to happy with what I see.  Paul says that we should strive to have Jesus’ attitude.  Moving through the following verses we see that Jesus wasn’t arrogant of His position as God (2:6), He put everyone before Himself (2:7), He was humble, not arrogant (2:8), and He sacrificed Himself for others (2:8). He also was focused because He was on a mission:  to seek and save that which was lost (Luke 19:10).  His attitude was also positive (most of the time).

So how can I have that attitude that Paul says we should have?  How do I be like Jesus?  First off, I think I have to recognize very quickly that I am not Jesus.  Think about that—that’ll humble somebody pretty quickly, won’t it? Also, I think we need to check if our attitude is negative. Negative attitudes can quickly kill any influence with anyone.  Do you complain about everything?  Are you never happy with anything?  Do you look for ways to find fault in others?  If you do, you probably have a negative attitude.  Thirdly, we need to always be humble.  We need to put others first and ourselves last. Why? Because that’s the example Jesus gave time and time again throughout the Gospels.  Finally, we need to remember that we are on a mission, the Great Commission, and we need to focus on that.

So how is your attitude?  Is it like Jesus?  Mine’s not.  I must admit that I have a bad attitude pretty often.  I want to serve myself rather than others.  I want to be right when everyone else is wrong. These are things that are wrong, and I’m working on them, but I still strive to the standard that Jesus set.  So what about you?  Do you have the same attitude as Jesus?  Just something to think about.

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