Practical Faith

Pastor Chris writes a well-known weekly column called “Practical Faith” for our local newspaper, the Village Voice.  

Here is this week’s column…  

“A Resolution of Attitude”

When my kids were young, I got drafted to coach soccer. One field, two goals, a handful of four and five-year-olds. How hard could it be, right?

These kids were not the greatest players. Some could run the ball, but most were more interested in chasing each other or catching butterflies or calling out to their family on the sidelines. But, let me tell you they all had attitude and spirit!

These kids reminded me a little bit of me. And perhaps they remind you a little bit of you. We can easily get distracted in life and lose our sense of focus and purpose. We look away from the ball for just a second, and the entire game has changed!

This may likely describe many of our efforts in this season of New Year’s resolutions. With the hanging of a fresh calendar, we feel an incredible sense of focus and purpose. We know what we need to do, and we are resolved to do it! Until we lose interest…or get distracted…or give up…or grow tired.

Much of our resolve and determination and success hinges on attitude. You’ve heard it said that attitude is everything, so, in a world full of distractions, what makes for a good attitude?

In writing to the Philippian church, the apostle Paul said, “Let your attitude be the same as that of Christ Jesus.” We are challenged to simply reflect the same attitude of our Lord when he walked upon this earth. So, what do we know about the attitude of Jesus?
Jesus was incredibly humble. He didn’t consider himself to be better than others. Although he was God, he made himself a servant. He came to teach us how to serve.
Jesus was obedient. He was always obedient to what God asked him to do. He was obedient even to the point of dying on the cross so that we might have salvation.
Jesus was blameless and pure. He didn’t grumble, complain or argue. He lived before us without fault.

Jesus was giving and sacrificial. He gave despite what personal costs he had to pay. He valued each one of us that much.

Jesus was loving. He looked upon people with compassion and chose to bring out the best in them. He made his love evident in the way he lived his life.

Humble. Obedient. Pure. Generous. Loving. What a difference we can make in this new year by resolving to live with a godly and giving attitude!

In this soccer field of life, there are certain factors that we cannot control, but the one thing that we can always control is our attitude. Remember a good attitude contributes to a good life. I encourage each one of us to resolve to let our attitude be the same as that of Christ Jesus. Amen!