Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things - Philippians 4:8 NIV
I was visiting my relatives on our annual trip to South Carolina for the Thanksgiving holdidays and was sitting with my uncle in the basement as we watched tv together. During a commercial break, I looked over at him and asked how he was doing. He stated that he doesn't move around like he used to, but it could be worse and compared to others, he was doing ok.
He proudly proceeded to tell me about his workout regimen which involved using exercise bands and dumbbells for resistance training. He has a workout routine that he adheres to a minimum of four days a week. By the way, my uncle has Parkinson's disease, long-term degenerative disorder of the central nervous system that mainly affects the motor system.
I was amazed at the attitude that he displayed during the time that I spent with him. My uncle was one of the hardest working men that I know. For him to contract this disease and still maintain his positive attitude has served as a source of inspiration for me. In spite of his circumstances, he still exudes positive vibes and is a pleasure to be around.
If my uncle, in spite of his circumstances, can display a positive attitude, why can't we? Why do display a negative attitude or stop trying when we are faced with obstacles? As I have learned, fulfilling your purpose or finding your passion is not easy. As you move toward to achieving your God given goals, realize that one of your most important allies will be a positive attitude.
The following poem sums up the effect that your attitude will have in regard to determining your chances for success:
I can make you rise or fall.
I can make you a success or failure.
I can work for you or against you.
I control your feelings and actions.
I can make you laugh, work, and love.
I can make your heart sing with happiness.
I can make you wretched, dejected, or morbid.
I can make you angry and resentful.
I can make you sick and listless.
I can be a shackle, heavy and burdensome.
I can be as a prism's hue, dancing bright and colorful.
I can be nurtured and grown to be beautiful.
I can never be removed, only replaced.
I Am Your Attitude
--Author Unknown -
The choice is yours.
Ken Sadler is a leader of Men's Ministry at a megachurch and has a heart and passion for helping men become the best they can be.