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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Attitude Barometer

"Most attitudes are formed as we grow up. Teachers, ministers, parents, etc. all influence our attitude. Once an attitude is formed, it’s pretty much the way a person will think about any subject. We vote, select a spouse, pick an automobile and raise our children based on that attitude. Our attitude about our job, the product or service we produce, and about our leaders influence the quality of our work." - Jim Smith, Quality Magazine

Phillipians 2:2-4
2make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose. 3Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves;4do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.

Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, meaning do not be self-seeking. Why? This is the very thing that determines ones motives before God. Your thoughts and actions should be geared toward pleasing God. The verse goes on to say with humility of mind, in other words, have humble actions or don't be so prideful, or boastful about what you are doing. Instead, regard one another as more important than yourselves. I know I could not believe it was written either. Apostle Paul is saying to put the well-being of others, before yourself. He is saying be unselfish. Be more concerned with someone else other than yourself.  We can all agree the world needs more of this. Amen? This will bless you as well, because it will keep you from being envious and only seeking God's approval (Gal. 5:26).  We are to honor one another in brotherly love. This is not the biological love, but brother (or sister) in Christ.

So when you put your heart on God, you can afford to put other's needs above yours because your approval comes from God. Not what the world says you need to have.  Truth be told, those new Jordan's won't save your life.  Nor will that new wardrobe, house, car, job, or fill in the blank.

Think, who's life can you bless to reveal the glory of Jesus? There has to be someone. There is someone.