from a prison cell in Rome, the apostle Paul wrote in Philippians 2:5 “Your
attitude should be the same as that of Jesus Christ.”
In Ephesians 5:1 Paul encourages us to be
“imitators of Christ as dearly beloved
In Philippians 2:3-4 Paul challenges us to
“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or
vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of
you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of
Crocket tells of a woman named Carol who wanted to minister to her neighbor,
Mrs. Smith. Carol baked a pie and carried it next door. When Mrs. Smith opened
the door, she was surprised to see her holding a pie. She replied, "For
me? Oh, thank you so much! You just don't know how much I appreciate it! You
are so thoughtful for doing this! Thank you!"
Mrs. Smith liked the pie so much, Carol decided the next week to bake another
one. When she took it over, Mrs. Smith opened the door and said, "Thank
you so much. You are so kind!" She took another pie over the
following week, and Mrs. Smith simply replied, "Thanks." Carol took another pie over the next week and
Mrs. Smith responded, "You are a day late with that pie."
The following week she baked her another pie. This time her neighbor said,
"Try using a little more sugar and don't bake it quite as long. The crust
has been a little bit hard lately. And next time, I want cherry filling.
Did it ever occur to you that I might be getting tired
next week Carol was so busy, she wasn’t able to cook for her neighbor. When
Carol passed her house on the way to the store, Mrs. Smith stuck her head out
the window, yelled, "Where's MY PIE?!"
is easy to take our blessings for granted, isn't it? When God sends
multiple blessings to us, we start thinking that we deserve them. Instead
of being thankful, we start complaining. The process happens so slowly we often
don't realize that it's happening to us.
Our attitude deteriorates like Mrs. Smith, the neighbor who became
resentful and bitter.
attitude doesn't just affect our lives, but also everyone around you. Our
attitude and the way we talk to people affects them --either positively or
negatively. God wants His children to be
positive and encouraging. The apostle Paul said Philippian 4:8, "Whatever
is true, honorable, right, pure, lovely and admirable, let your mind dwell on
these things" Let’s ask God to help us apply this verse in our thought
life and communication with those around us.