Well, for me this post is all about what should my attitude be in my day to day life.
Phil 2 v 14: Do ALL things without murmuring and disputing....
Phil 2 v 15-16(a): That you may BECOME blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast to the word of life...
I want to highlight 4 things in these verses:
- Do ALL things with a good attitude. That is your speech, your work, your driving (note to self), your socializing, your housework (another note to self), dishes, etc etc. All without complaint! WOW, got a lot of work to do here!
- Notice in vs 15.... that you may BECOME blameless. Paul does not say through your attitude you ARE blameless. He says through your attitude you aim for and strive for perfection. Something we will never achieve as only Christ is perfect. But we should and can improve. We should be able to look back on our lives and see that we have handled things better with a good attitude. Having said that, I have no doubt in my mind that trials will cause us to stumble but this too is a place in which to grow. Its not the storm that will change - its our attitude IN the storm that must be improved in the next storm!
- Paul says we must do ALL things without complaint because in doing so we will be LIGHTS in this dark world. We will stand out as being different and that difference should lead others to Christ. Worldly people should not be able to say, "those Christians are no different to the rest of us."
- Paul says hold fast to the word of life. That is God's word, His truth, our guide, our user manual if you will. It is always easier to pull one's attitude right quicker when immersed in the word.
I find these verse very encouraging in that they indicate that getting my attitude right is a process, a journey. Ultimately, getting my attitude right - and keeping it right - is only possible with the Lord!
So how can I improve my attitude?
Phil 4 v 4: Rejoice in the Lord ALWAYS, and again I say rejoice!
Phil 4 v 8: Whatever things are true, noble, just, pure, lovely, of good report. If there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy - meditate on these things.
Its pretty difficult to have a negative attitude thinking all these thoughts!
Eph 5 v 20: Giving thanks ALWAYS for all things to God the father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ
Heb 13 v 15: Therefore by Him let us CONTINUALLY offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.
With rejoicing, good thoughts, thanksgiving, and praise we most definitely can get our attitudes on the right track.