Prayer 7:13 Prayer 713
North Highland United Methodist Church
Friday, October 19, 2018
Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors

 

It would appear that attitude in general has often been a struggle for us since the early church began to form. When Paul wrote to the people of Philippi he spoke of it often, such as: From now on brothers and sisters, if anything is excellent and if anything is admirable, focus your thoughts on these things: all that is true, all that is holy, all that is just, all that is pure, all that is lovely, and all that is worthy of praise. Philippians 4:8 This is good advice still today, right?
 
There is a hymn found in 1925 hymnal called Grumblers. Some of the words: “They grumble at the preaching, grumble at the prayer, grumble everywhere. They stay away from meeting because it’s hot or cold, when the offerings taken, they’re sure to pout or sigh…” The concluding verse packs a punch exclaiming “there is no crown, or room in heaven for grumblers to enter.” We can debate that particular theology, but wow—complainers were prominent enough to get their own song! Imagine if someone is composing a similar hymn about us...
 
I have a hunch I have shared this before, but it is worth repeating:
 
“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 success, 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 we have,
and that is our attitude.
 
I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me, and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you: we are in charge of our attitudes.” by Charles Swindoll
 
What attitude or attitudes do you believe most important when it comes to functioning together as a healthy and vital community of faith? Some that come to mind are attitudes of welcome, adaptability, generosity, humbleness, and forgiveness. No one ever said that a bunch of humans working together toward one goal was going to be easy, but we certainly have the power, gifts, and capabilities to make or break our work as a church. We all have experiences and ideas that need to be balanced with the big picture as we plan and work together. May we choose our attitudes and issues wisely as we head into another season of life together here at North Highland UMC. 
  
 
Peace,
 
 
Pastor Lou