Attitude – (noun) manner, disposition, feeling, position, etc., with regard to aperson or thing; tendency or orientation, especially of the mind
Remember the saying, “One bad apple spoils the whole bunch”? Our attitudes are to display the likeness of Christ in every moment of every day. But, alas, we are sinners. Oftentimes in our life, we find ourselves upset, mad, steaming, venting, and even ticked off over little things and big things that affect us.
“Don’t sweat the small stuff” is easier said than done. When you are walking through a valley, little things in your life are magnified into big things. So, these bad attitudes carry over into our worship. Moreover, our attitudes carry over into rehearsals, meetings, general conversation and even when we think people aren’t looking.
In his message last night, my Pastor said that when going through a trial, we are more concerned about “why it happened to me” and God is more concerned about our reaction to the trial. I don’t know about you, but when going through a trial, be it a ministry-related one or family, financial, etc, my knee-jerk reaction is a negative one. I’m a “worst-case scenario” type of guy when things are going south around me. After a few moments (or days) I work on getting realistic about the issue and think about getting a solution to the problem.
So, how do we change our attitude about things within the church, in our family, our friends, or finances? Not sure. BUT, I believe it begins with our personal walk with Jesus Christ. I believe our attitude begins and ends with how we are relating to the Master. For if we are walking with Him and being led by Him, the little things in life aren’t magnified and the big things aren’t as overwhelming, because we know He is in control.
SPEAK O, LORD
Keith Getty and Stuart Townend wrote the modern hymn, “Speak O, Lord” when they were speaking with Pastors about where worship songs were lacking. Many Pastors wanted a song for right before the message to focus the people on Who was really leading them in worship.
Within that hymn are these lyrics:
“…Take Your truth, plant it deep in us; shape and fashion us in Your likeness, that the light of Christ might be seen today, in our acts of love and our deeds of faith.”
“Test our thoughts and our attitudes in the radiance of Your likeness…”
One thing we must remember is that God is willing to shape and mold us if we give Him the opportunity. We were created in His likeness, though we work hard to shape ourselves to worldly standards. Many times in our life we’d rather not ask someone to “test our thoughts” would we? Have you ever asked your spouse or co-worker, “test my attitude, please…I believe I’ve got some work to do!”
As we lead our ministries God called us to lead, our attitude is a reflection of our walk with Christ, our staff, church body, and even our family. Check your ego and attitude at the door so that Christ can shine through you.
THE ATTITUDE OF OTHERS
Also, as we lead, we “deal” with the attitude of those on our staff, committees, choirs, groups, etc. How do we not let one bad attitude spoil the whole bunch?
1) Keep them focused on the task at hand. If in a meeting and things go off-subject and begin to go downhill, reel them back in to the task at hand. If in a rehearsal and their talking is increasing in-between songs…you are talking too much! Keep them singing. They are there to sing, don’t let them have time to begin conversations because you are long-winded in rehearsals
2) Begin your time with a mini-devotional/scripture reference. Many times in rehearsals, folks are coming in after a bad day…or their worst day ever! But, give them credit…they still came! So, if we begin with a time of sharing from God’s Word it allows them to remember why they came, remember Who is in charge of it all, and allow them to focus on Him.
3) Pray as you plan. If God’s leadership is involved with your planning, you will not focus on any bad attitudes, but only focus on the work He has set in front of you to accomplish. Your planning gets in the way. As you plan, God sets a task for His people. We are called as minister to equip them with meeting His tasks and commands. Let’s not get in the way of what He has in store.
How’s your attitude today? Is it set on things above? If not, there’s still time to focus your heart and mind. Give Him all of you and let Him continue to mold you attitude, mind, body and spirit. Let’s not forget its His to mold because the Uncreated One created us. We are created to worship Him…may we never forget to work the most each day on accomplishing that task. Because if we cannot accomplish the has for which we were created, our other tasks will never succeed.