Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Attitude still matters

The longer I work with people the more convinced I am that having the right attitude is vitally important. That is especially true when it comes to church. If Freedom is filled with people who have a positive attitude towards the mission, values, ministries, and leadership of the church then there will be no limit to what can be accomplished. On the other hand, if a negative attitude begins to sprout up among the people at Freedom and nothing is done to stop it then the work God wants to do here can be severely slowed.

The harsh truth that I have learned over the years is that a negative attitude spreads much faster than a positive one. It takes only one negative person to poison the outlook of several others they have influence over. That's why daily checking our attitude and outlook against what scripture teaches is so important.

When we really get down to it, attitude is all about what's going on your heart. If you generally are critical and negative in your outlook on life, it is a reflection of what's in your heart. Proverbs 27:19 says "As water reflects a face, so a man's heart reflects the man."

We all need to be sure and guard against a negative attitude towards the church. If that is where you are today, spend some time in the Word and in prayer asking God to change your heart. If you hear negativity coming from someone else don't be content to let it pass by. Take time to peacefully confront the negative behavior. What God is doing at Freedom is far too important for us to allow a negative attitude to get in the way!

1 comment:

Sandy Hunter said...

How about a red members only jacket?
Matt still has one in the closet that he won't part with....