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  1. 1. Attitude Dealing With the Realities of Life
  2. 2. Attitude a mental position with regard to a fact or state <a helpful attitude> b : a feeling or emotion toward a fact or state. a negative or hostile state of mind b : a cool, cocky, defiant, or arrogant manner --Merriam Webster
  3. 3. An Attitude of Hope and Faith John 16:33 (NLT) I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world. world Matthew 6:34 (TMSG) Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.
  4. 4. Attitude is a Dailey Choice Charles Swindoll said: “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, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company, a church, a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past, we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string that we have, and that is our attitude. I am 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.”
  5. 5. Attitude is the Power to Choose our Response “We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread. They may have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” --Viktor Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning
  6. 6. Attitude is the Power to Choose our Response Romans 12:21 (NASB) Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. Philippians 2:4 (NASB) do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.
  7. 7. Attitude, Overcoming Adversity Years ago a young African American boy was growing up in Cleveland, in a home which he later described as “materially poor but spiritually rich.” One day a famous athlete, Charlie Paddock, came to his school to speak to the students. At the time Paddock was considered “the fastest human being alive.” He told the children, “What do you want to be? You name it and then believe that God will help you be it.” That little boy decided that he too wanted to be the fastest human being on earth. The boy went to his track coach and told him of his new dream. His coach told him, “It’s great to have a dream, but to attain your dream you must build a ladder to it.
  8. 8. Here is the ladder to your dreams. The first rung is determination! And the second rung is dedication! The third rung is discipline! And attitude the fourth rung is !” Over a period of years he built that ladder and went on to win four gold medals in the 1936 Berlin Olympics. He won the 100 meter dash and broke the Olympic and world records for the 200 meter. His broad jump record lasted for twenty-four years. Who was this man? Jesse Owens.
  9. 9. Attitude, Regarding the Impossible, the Will to do it The late Dr. Wernher Von Braun once was asked what it would take for man to reach the moon, and he replied, “The will to do it.” This answer holds good in nearly every field of human endeavor. In medicine, determination and persistence have paid off in spectacular breakthroughs in conquering diseases. In transportation the dream of traveling around the world in a matter of hours has become a reality because the will to do so was strong. “The will to do it!” How vitally important this attitude is in Christianity! If you really want to do God’s will, you can, but you must the will to do it. This is true in so many areas of our lives.
  10. 10. Attitude, Regarding the Impossible, the Will to do it Matthew 17:20 (NASB) . . . truly I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you.
  11. 11. Philippians 4:12 - 13 (NIV) 12I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13I can do everything through him who gives me strength.
  12. 12. What was the secret to contentment that the Apostle Paul discovered . . .
  13. 13. Attitude I can do everything through Him who gives me strength. copyright © Renewal Ministries of Colorado Springs 2007 719.287.8023