In the ESPN 30 for 30 entitled, the Gospel According to Mac, former University of Colorado football coach Bill McCarthy recounts his quest to bring the Buffalo’s a national championship. One of the overriding themes involves learning how to motivate each player who respond differently to criticism, failure and mistakes. During the second hour of this 2 hour documentary, the founding of Promise Keepers is covered through a series of clips from old speeches. One excerpt includes a quote on attitudes, claiming a person’s attitude is four times more important as their overall talent.
Do all things without grumbling or questioning, Philippians 2:14.
Attitude is one of those qualities which usually remains hidden until adversity arrives. However, in the heat of the moment, pose is tested. Attitudes are directly proportional to feelings expressed through body language and words. Depending upon the individual, stored up emotion can explode, unleashed in the form of complaints, gossip or pessimism. According to the apostle Paul, this is nothing new as attitudes can impact a group, family or an entire neighborhood. Like a vulnerable forest in seasons of extreme drought, any spark can trigger devastating fires.
In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus, Philippians 2:5.
To overcome this potential threat, the apostle Paul believes the cure to this condition lies in the obtaining a specific mindset. Despite being the son of God, Jesus became humble taking the nature of a servant. Jesus set the model for what attitude should resemble. However, this isn’t something you can do on your own. Rather, transformation begins with faith by grace. When you place your trust in Jesus, the Holy Spirit serves as a counselor to fashion and mold your attitude. The end goal is to acquire a Christ like mindset. This may take a life time to achieve, but an attitude’s impact can alter lives for eternity.
by Jay Mankus