Three Attitudes

By John Ed Mathison
Executive Director
John Ed Mathison Leadership Ministries

Every day, we have an opportunity to adopt one of three different attitudes. The attitude we adopt will go a long way in determining how much we accomplish during the day. This is true in sporting contests, work environments, church opportunities, and every relationship we have in life. Your attitude is your choice!!

  1. PRIDEI’m too big to do little things.
    The Bible reminds us that pride goes before the fall. (Proverbs 16:18) Pride is very deceptive and extremely destructive. Paul said, “If you think you’re too important to help someone in need, you are only fooling yourself. You’re really a nobody.” (Galatians 6:3)

    One day General Robert E. Lee was traveling on his horse and met a group of soldiers trying to get a wagon out of a ditch. Four of the soldiers were working at it and a Lieutenant was standing back, watching and giving orders. Lee asked the man why he wasn’t helping. He said that he was a Lieutenant. Lee got off his horse and got his boots and clothes muddy as he helped the other soldiers pull the wagon from the ditch. When he finished, the soldiers who had been helping looked at him and all of a sudden recognized that he was General Robert E. Lee. He was not too big to do a little job. 
  2. PITYI’m too little to do big things.
    This negative attitude is usually the result of dealing ineffectively with some dysfunction in our past and comparing ourselves to other people. What we do in life God doesn’t compare to anyone else. Paul said, “Do what you should, for then you will enjoy the personal satisfaction of having done your work well and you won’t need to compare yourself to anyone else.” (Galatians 6:4)

    We can never be too little to do something big. If God gives us the opportunity, He will supply everything that’s necessary to be successful in it. Pity should never be accepted as reality—it’s something that we have created and accepted. God can change that attitude. 
  3. POTENTIALI’m just right to do all things through Christ.
    This is a great attitude! Paul said, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13) Our strength to do all things does not come from anything that we generate—it comes from receiving God’s strength. God created us just right to fit us for the purpose He has for us. 

    Part of the problem is that we think we can changedo things in our own strength. Remember—the Potential Attitude is one in which we do everything through Christ.

    If God gives you a vision to do something big, and somebody says to you that it is impossible—remember, they are talking about themselves—not you. The Potential Attitude changes the negative to the positive, brings excitement to life, and becomes a blessing to others.

Paul said, “We are each responsible for our own conduct.” (Gal. 6:5)

What’s your attitude?

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My Greatest Need

My greatest need is to know my greatest need.

In both the Old and New Testaments, the Lord Himself tells us,Jesus

Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. Deuteronomy 6:5

If I’m brutally honest with myself, I don’t.

I looked up the word “all” in the dictionary.  It means all. Not “some”, not “most”, not “a lot”. It means all.

I had a moment of self awareness on the way to church Sunday.  I love some things in life more than I love God. Oh, I love God. On occasion I love God so much I weep with overwhelming joy. But He’s not the center. I want Him to be all the time, but He’s not always.

When I read Scripture the Bible seems to be saying our purpose in life is to know, love and walk with God. To glorify God and enjoy Him forever.

I want to be like David, “a man after God’s own heart.” I want to develop a holy hunger and an unquenchable thirst for God and make Him the center of everything I think and say and do and feel. That’s my greatest need.

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Paul, Are You Kidding Me?

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Give Yourself Permission To Be Sad

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“Mitchell, Mitchell, Mitchell”

This will bless your heart and soul.
Do unto others. Love one another.

Homecoming

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Plop Plop, Fizz Fizz

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I’m Living Inside

An original poem by Steven Sawyer

I’m dying inside.
I’m dying inside.
And nothing I do
can help turn the tide.

I want to be happy
to sing and to dance
to have some good friends
if I had half a chance.

But the life I live now
is just make-believe.
I pretend to be happy
but my hurts just won’t leave.

So I laugh and I play
and I act like I’m fine
but I’m dying inside
and my life is not mine.

I’m dying inside.
I’m dying inside.
The shame that I feel
I know I must hide.

Confused and unworthy
I awake in dismay.
No hope or a future,
and no sunny day.

Nowhere to turn;
no one to turn to,
abandoned and lonely
is the best I can do.

I wish I had someone
who knew how I feel.
Who’d love me for me.
Who I knew was real.

I’m living inside.
I’m living inside.
For I met my Savior
and He’s on my side.

I learned to be happy
to sing and to dance.
I have Christian friends now
who gave me a chance.

To be real and transparent.
To pour out my heart.
To tell them I’m hurting.
To make a fresh start.

I laugh and I play now
and not just pretend.
I give all my hurts
to my Savior to mend.

I’m living inside.
I’m living inside.
The joy that I feel now
can not be denied.

I’m loved and accepted
for just who I am.
My Savior has washed me
in the blood of The Lamb.

I know that I’m worthy
but sometimes I’ll fall.
I’ll doubt and I’ll worry
and hurt from it all.

But I’ve always got Jesus
In Whom I abide.
And He is the reason
I’m living inside.

The Difference Between Happiness And Joy

In a discussion in one of my LinkedIn groups the other day the chatter was about happiness and joy. The definitions differed significantly. I felt compelled to distinguish the two.

The most salient difference between happiness and joy is their duration.

Happiness is fleeting. Joy is abiding.

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