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the right attitude

The Upward Look, by Jon Forrest

The Right Attitude

An amusing story was told by the manager of a New York hotel. The great Paderewski occupied a suite there a number of years ago during one of his seasons at Carnegie Hall. It was the master’s custom to practice for a couple of hours every morning on the magnificent instrument that he had brought with him.

On the third morning of his stay an angry lady stormed into the manager’s office and said, “Someone is hammering on an old tin can piano every morning across the corridor from me. This is the third day. It is driving me mad, and unless you stop it I shall leave immediately.”

The astonished manager protested, "But madam, that is Paderewski himself!"

The lady nearly fainted with surprise and said, "Paderewski! Oh, that’s different. Of course, I had not the slightest idea. I adore good music. I am an excellent musician myself. Please say nothing at all about it." The hotel manager was amused to note that thereafter, for the remainder of Paderewski’s stay, the good woman kept the door of her apartment wide open and entertained a party of friends there every morning while he practiced.

What was the difference? The room? The hotel? The music? No! The only thing that changed was the woman’s attitude. Before, she was irritated and annoyed; now, she was thrilled.

Our attitudes are often guided by our perception of a situation. When a child gets into trouble we may be tempted to view that child as a “bad kid” until we learn that he is our son or grandson. “Oh, he’s really a good boy. He just needs some guidance.”

When we learn that there is an event being planned in our community, we may not be interested until we learn that our best friend, or someone we highly respect is planning it. Then we become enthusiastic because our attitude changes.

How do you respond to trouble? What is your first reaction to plans that get all messed up? How have you chosen to handle personal loss of things, jobs, money, friends or loved ones? What dominates your attitude about struggles in life?

Perhaps, I should ask it another way? “What is your attitude about suffering for the name of Christ?” Oh, wait a minute. Did you say our suffering is for Christ? Well, look at what Peter says about it in 1 Peter 4: 1-2, Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because whoever suffers in the body is done with sin. As a result, they do not live the rest of their earthly lives for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God.

Peter tells us that Christ’s willingness to suffer for us should impact our attitude about life and suffering for him. Because of his forgiving heart, our attitude about living for God should be turned from negative to positive.

Paul wrote in Philippians 2:5-8,

In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross!

The attitude of Jesus transfers to us when we embrace his heart and his sacrifice on our behalf. When we know what he has done for us, our attitude should become such that we would joyfully do anything for him. So, What is your attitude about living for Jesus Christ?

This Sunday we welcome you to share with us in the Facebook Live presentation of the worship service of First Christian Church of Clovis, New Mexico. I will continue the series of messages based on Peter’s writings to the church titled, Living Hope, with “A Godly Life” based on 1 Peter 4:1-11. I hope you will join us with that awesome attitude of Christ.

Embracing his attitude with you,


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