As a child, I remember hearing teachers address specific individuals during class, taking time outside of their scheduled lesson plan. In the form of an exhortation or rebuke, growing concerns were verbalized. Subsequently, whenever a student was out of line, the adult in the room proclaimed, “my child you need an attitude adjustment.”
Do everything without grumbling or arguing, Philippians 2:14.
Today, attitudes are displayed through one’s feelings, postures and stances taken. If you listen to someone’s comments, its easy to ascertain the good attitudes from the bad ones. Unfortunately, the Me first movement in this age is poisoning souls. Thus, the selfish will whisper under their breath, “I’ll show them,” turning to revenge over repentance.
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.
As a lack of responsibility is passed down from this current generation to the next, excuses override the truth. Instead of receiving a harsh talking to or a spanking, parents often ruin life’s teachable moments blaming the critic rather than their child. It’s no wonder that coaches and teachers are fighting a losing battle. Attitude is everything, but if maturity isn’t taught to young people, parents will continue to justify and rationalize wrong behavior.
by Jay Mankus