Attitudes That Win - Part 1

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Attitudes That Win - Part 1

November 03, 2013 at 7:30 AM


Our attitude has a big impact on our life

Chuck Swindoll writes, "the longer I live the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude to me is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, and what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness, or skill. It will make or break a company, church, or a home. The remarkable thing is that we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past. Nor can we change the fact that people will act a certain way. The only thing that we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I'm convinced that life is 10 percent what happens to me and 90 percent how I react to it. And so it is with you, we are in charge of our attitudes."

Some people say our attitude is everything, it will determine how we do in life, how well we get on with others, whether we are happy or miserable and whether we succeed or fail. This is borne out by surveys that suggest that 15% of success on the job is due to training and 85% is due to attitude. Apparently the reason most people are fired from their job is their attitude rather than what they do. If we are in charge of our attitudes and they have such a huge impact on our lives then it makes sense that we should work at having positive and godly attitudes, in other words, winning attitudes.

We must choose our attitudes

Proverbs 4:23

Keep your heart with all diligence,
For out of it
spring the issues of life.


The word “heart” here means more than mental or emotional capacity, it also encompasses our values and it’s the source of whatever affects our life and character.

A pastor and his wife went to buy lino (vinyl) for their home. The girl who served them couldn’t answer any of their questions and kept trotting back and forth to the manager, who remained out of sight. Finally she told them she didn’t know when the lino could be delivered. At that point the pastor said to his wife, “let’s get out of here”. As they were walking out a cashier asked, “did you find what you wanted?” In a very sarcastic tone the pastor said, “we couldn’t find anyone who knew what they were doing”. When they got to their car his wife reminded him he’d been preaching about the need to choose to have right attitudes!

This example brings out what we all know anyway, that it really is very hard work to maintain a good heart and right attitudes in every circumstance. It’s hard work to be kind when we feel like being mean, it’s hard work to forgive when we’ve been hurt, and its hard work to love certain people.

Consider what the sales girl might think if she went to church one Sunday and that same pastor was preaching?


Chose an attitude, such as patience, humility, unselfishness, and make a real effort to maintain that attitude in trying situations over the next two weeks.


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