Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Philippians 4:8 (NIV).
Are you running after Christ? Are you pursuing Him for all you’re worth? Are you intent on catching Him?
I want to chase and catch Jesus. And when I catch Him, like Jacob, I won’t let go until He gives me a blessing (cf. Genesis 32:26).
But what’s the blessing I’m after? What do I want from Him? A Christ-like attitude. I want to think and act more like Him.
Wanting to be more like Jesus is a good thing. God delights in a Christ-like attitude. Philippians 2:5 says, “Your attitude should be the same that Christ Jesus had” (NLT). The definition of “attitude” in the Oxford Dictionary is “opinion or way of thinking; behaviour reflecting this.”
God wants my opinions to be in line with His opinions. He wants my way of thinking to be in line with His way of thinking. And He wants my behaviour to be in line with His behaviour. Attitude is everything. It’s more important than education, money, appearances, talent, circumstances, failure or success, what people think or say, and more important than anything that happened in the past or will happen in the future.
Attitude will make or break you. While stuff happens, the difference between one person and another is attitude. The difference between my life and yours is the way I react to it – the way I choose to respond. If I choose to see the cup half full, I’ll see life more positively. But if I choose to see the cup half empty, I’ll see life more negatively.
How are you looking at life? Attitude makes all the difference. We all have good and bad feelings. What makes the difference is how we choose to handle those feelings. How are you feeling about the things at your work, home, school, and church? If you’re feeling positive – way to go! And if you’re feeling negative – there’s still hope.
You see, it’s never too late to make an attitude adjustment. Get squared off with Christ today. Chase a Christ-like attitude. Ask Christ to give you the same attitude as He has, and then watch Him do the rest.