Our theme for this month: “A New Year, A New Beginning”
Our Bible verse for today: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.” Colossians 3:23 (NIV)
Our thought for today: “Attitude is everything”
I will be forever grateful to the United States Navy for the valuable lessons they taught me as a young man. For one thing, they taught me the importance of having a good attitude.
I entered the Navy at the tender age of 17 as a high school dropout, I didn’t even finish the 10th grade. I therefore found myself to be at a distinct disadvantage in terms of education and life experiences when compared to my peers. However, I was quickly taught that even a pimply-faced kid like me, with no education to speak of, an IQ that was average at best, no talent for much of anything, and few life experiences, could still do well, and even excel, with a good attitude. As the years passed and I advanced up the ranks to supervisory positions, I discovered over and over again how true that is. I would rather have one worker with a good attitude and a good work ethic, than five workers who are smart and talented, but who are also lazy and undependable.
In Colossians 3:23 the Apostle Paul urges us to strive to do our best at whatever it is we are applying ourselves to. We commonly associate that verse with how we perform our job, and it certainly does apply to that, but more broadly this precept applies to all of life. Whether we’re talking about how we do our job, how we take care of our body, how we manage our finances, how we apply ourselves in our studies, or anything else we’re doing, we should do the best we can. We should never be satisfied with mediocrity. You don’t have to be a perfectionist, but whatever it is you’re doing, give it the best effort you can.
I’m an older man now, halfway through my sixth decade of life (I’m 65), and as I look back on all those years and consider all the people I’ve known and had encounters with, I’m more convinced than ever that a good attitude is one of the most important elements in living a full, rich, happy and successful life. It’s been said that in life “attitude is everything”. That may be a bit of an overstatement, maybe it’s not really “everything”, but it sure is a huge factor.
As we continue to consider areas of life that might need some extra attention and improvement in the New Year, having the right attitude about it will be a key factor in determining how successful you are. Therefore, before we move forward in our study, we will spend another day considering this important subject of having the right attitude.