“Grateful Attitudes”

 

         Last night, Joe Davis and I were talking about the various teaching opportunities he has been given in several different churches in our community in the past year. He was sharing with me about the welcome responses from a message he has given on attitudes. Attitudes are a topic each of us must reckon with.

         All of us must work to keep our attitudes in check, especially as a believer.  Attitudes reflect our submission to God. I can say that because of a verse in Philippians 2 that informs us that “our attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus.”  In fact, the book of Philippians—although written by the apostle Paul while imprisoned—has many statements about our attitude.

- Humility and concern for others, Philippians 2:3-4

- An attitude worthy of the gospel, Philippians 1:27

- Without grumbling, Philippians 2:14

- Gratitude and contentment Philippians 4:12-13

         Our attitude plays a vital role in the effectiveness of our daily witness and testimony. Let me illustrate this for you with a story I heard today. Pastor Ed is a Village Missionary in the little town of Igo, just outside of Redding, California. He and his wife Clara, have an attitude of joy and gratefulness, which is evidenced in the following story (and an opportunity to demonstrate a godly testimony).

         Ed wrote, “Lately, I've been thanking all of the firemen that I see for saving our church and house. Just now, Clara and I were riding up an elevator in Chico (where we are evacuated-1.5 hours from home) with an exhausted Fire Fighter. I thanked him for saving our house.
         He shrugged wearily and said, "Thanks for the thought, but I doubt if it was me."
We found out he was fighting the Carr Fire in Redding and told him we were from Igo.
         "I just spent the night in Igo," he said.
         "Really!" Clara said. "We live next to the church in Igo."
         He grinned. "You live in the house next to the church?" 
         "Yes." 
         "Last night my crew was cleaning up and watching your property to protect it from the hot embers that are falling on the town."
         All of us laughed. 
         As he got off the elevator, I said, "Thank you for saving our house." 
         He smiled and said, "You're welcome."

 

 

Pastor Mike

“Between Sundays”