There was a lesson at church this week on how we are most like satan when we are accusing our brothers or sisters.Â The bible talks about whispers – you know what I’m talking about.Â A better word is probably muttering.Â Doesn’t that paint an attractive picture? The negative things we say that get back to people or even if they don’t, they color our attitude about that person and everything in general.Â They also color us.Â When we slop muddy paint on someone else we can’t help but get some on ourselves.
I wish we were like those big trucks that make the loud beeping warning sound when they are backing up.Â When we start backing up into bad behavior the warning beeps would help us stop in our tracks and turn.Â BEEP BEEP you’re not being an encourager!Â BEEP BEEP You’re not controlling your tongue!Â Danger Will Robinson!!
I’ve been trying to meditate on it all week and a friend of mine once said something that seemed so profound and at the same time, so simple.Â We can’t always change our circumstance but we can always change our attitude towards our circumstance.
Our attitude is sometimes the only thing we DO have control over, or I should say, God has control over.Â I can’t stop backing up into bad stuff but I can pray that God will put the brakes on and show me which direction to turn.
Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthyâ€”meditate on these things.
Maybe they could invent “Good Attitude” the drug.Â We could have a pump like they use for morphine.Â Every time we feel a negative attitude coming on we could just hit the little button and POOF – we are sunny and yellow instead of muddy gray.
The thing about attitude is that it is catching like a virus.Â In ministry when there is encouragement – people get saved, churches get planted, people do ministry.Â When there is muttering and whispering the very opposite happens.Â It applies in our jobs and families the same way.Â We have the choice to lift up or drag down.Â I want to do better at the lifting up.Â I want more sunny yellow and less muddy gray.Â I’m not good at it, but I’m going to work at it.
I had a really bad day.Â I tried to keep the muttering to a minimum.
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You’re right…it wasn’t a great day, but we did the best that we could. I’m sure that you were the only one who noticed any muttering. And like I told you, with more people on a campus there are inevitably more issues. Stop beating yourself up!!