FOCUS: Attitude is a State of Mind


Attitude is a state of mind that can result in an ordinary life, a life of greatness and a life of unbeatable odds. Attitude defines each one of us. Life is constantly changing with highs and lows. We have situations to see if our attitude will sustain us. Here are a few comments made from those who share their feelings of how attitude can give us character. 

“It never occurs to me that there are things I can’t do.” —Whoopie  

This statement reminds me of a story about a young girl who was adopted by an American family. The young girl lost her right arm and right leg in an accident on a railroad track. Through love and encouragement from her adopted family, the girl learned to walk, play basketball and became a wonderful swimmer. She beat the odds with an attitude of triumph over her handicap.

“The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.” —Henry Ford

This statement reminds me of some of the elderly folks in our churches and community. Even with poor health at times, these seniors find ways to be involved in using their attitude and knowledge to make a difference in the lives of those around them. These seniors are not asked to do some of the simple tasks that bring joy and comfort to others. These seniors do keep their minds young by doing little things to give others encouragement. They live the example of the true Christian life of giving, living and sharing. Invite seniors to participate with planning and attending many of the projects in our churches and communities.  

“Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.” —Corrie Ten Boom

Everyone needs to dream of goals and hopes of the future. Our attitudes can make a big difference in the lives we live. Our attitudes reflect behavior or conduct regarding some matter, opinion or purpose. Our attitudes define each one of us. A negative attitude only produces wrong choices and makes one less productive and successful. A positive attitude believes anything is possible with hard work, prayer, and goals to hold onto.  

We need an attitude of love, faith in ourselves, faith in our creator, and to listen for the inner voice to lead us along paths of purpose and greatness in our lives. We need to focus on our God-given talents and gifts to make our lives full of purpose and creativity. We need an attitude of prayer and thankfulness as we pursue our goals and dreams. 

“There are two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” —Albert Einstein.  Sometimes miracles happen through the lives of others who shine before us. We can be miracles for others with our attitudes of encouragement, care, prayer, thoughtfulness, and support in times of need. The attitude of promise can belong to all ages. Hopefully, our attitude will be positive and constructive in all we do. With a positive attitude, honesty and integrity; hopefully, our character will be a light for someone else to follow. We are all role models. What kind of a role model do we want to be for our spouse, our children, our parents, our friends, and those who watch us as we move through our lives? How will we be remembered by the way we behave? Our attitudes are important in defining each one of us with the character we choose to have.  The lives we lead can be with the grace, love of our creator, and the will to make a difference by the light we show to the world.

I leave you with these thoughts to live by. My attitude will lead me through the paths of life. Will my attitude give me peace, make me successful and fill me with joy? Or, will my attitude lead me on the path of self-doubt making me less than my purpose in life to do great things.

“And so let us always meet each other with a smile for a smile is the beginning of love.” —Mother Teresa

Chapel Hill United Methodist Church          

Sermon Series July 11 – August 22

The Christian Life:  Growing, Living, Sharing      

Pastor Paul’s sermons through August 22 will be based on the Christian Life:  Growing, Living, and Sharing! God has deposited a Christ seed in every Christian. As that seed grows, we are on a journey toward complete transformation. As we grow, Christ will be in our speech, our decisions and our actions. Christ has given us everything we need to be His Disciples.  

Worship begins at 10:30 a.m. and we invite you to join us. The sermons are taken from Ephesians. July 11 – “Never Better” Ephesians 1: 3-14; July 18 – “Together” Ephesians 2:11-22; July 25 – “Family Love” Ephesians 3:14-21; August 1 – “Just Like Him” Ephesians 4:1-16; August 8 – “Love and Forgiveness” Ephesians 4:25-5:2; August 15 – “Fully Surrendering” Ephesians 5:5-20; and August 22 – “Grace, Truth & Love” Ephesians 6:10-20.

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