The “Closer” Challenge (Week Four – Wednesday)

CLOSER Challenge
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Week Four – Wednesday

“Attitude Check”

I have always loved flying and many years ago I had the desire to become a pilot. I saved money and bought an expensive flight simulator with the needed controllers to make it feel as real as possible. I spent hours in the softwares flight training school learning about the aircrafts and all the gauges to how to fly patterns in the real world. Unfortunately, when I looked into the cost of getting my license, it was astronomical. So went my dreams of flying.

Many of the things I learned, however, apply to life. One of those is attitude. Attitude is the position of the aircraft relative to the horizon. Simply put, our attitude determines our altitude. The positioning of the plane determines where you fly. Similarly, our attitudes determine the altitude. You can have good days or bad days based on what your attitude is like. You can be up or down depending on your mindset.

Our attitude can change how we view the world around us. When everything is good, we have a more positive view and handle little things with grace. Yet when life is challenging, the little things can derail our whole day. What’s worse is, bad attitudes damage more quickly than a good attitude can repair. The good news is, our attitude is a choice. 

Much like an airplane, we control our attitudes. With a little work, we can learn to manage our emotions and thinking by allowing God’s word to lead us. In the plane, an air traffic controller gives instructions for the plane to stay on its predetermined flight path. Then the pilot must adjust his attitude accordingly to stay on the right heading and altitude. In the same way, God leads us through His word and the Holy Spirit. It’s up to us to respond in the appropriate way to ensure we stay on the right path.

Paul told the Phillipians, “Do all things without grumbling or disputing, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world.” Whatever it is we are tasked with, we are commissioned to do it with a grateful heart. Not only does this keep us pure but it also allows our light to shine into the darkness.

Certainly, you have different attitudes in different areas of your life. If we stop and reflect, what areas of our lives could our attitude be better? Who have we allowed to take our altitude way too low and we need the Holy Spirit to help us have a new attitude? Are there situations, that left unchecked, are going to cause us to crash and burn? Take some time to reflect and ask the Holy Spirit to give you the right attitudes.

Today’s Reading

Philippians 2:1-18

Today’s Prayer

Father, check my heart for bad attitudes and show me ways that I can grow. Help me in the areas I’ve allowed my attitude to be negative and see people and situations the way that you see them. Help me to not let my attitude keep me down but, through the Holy Spirit, be a light to those around me. In Jesus Name, Amen.

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