I don’t know about you, but often times before pouring milk from the carton, I remove the lid and take a quick sniff to see what it smells like. The smell of the milk will tell me if it will be delightful or disgusting to drink. In a similar fashion, we can usually tell much about the heart of a person by taking a whiff of their attitudes. Attitudes are demonstrated in actions, words, tones and even body language. Our attitudes affect our families, friends, co-workers, enemies and total strangers. Our attitudes will to some extent determine our altitude in life. Our attitudes will even be somewhat of a measurement of our own faith. Our attitudes will go a long way in building new relationships and hanging on to old relationships.
Parkway Drive is blessed with many who are a sweet fragrance because their attitudes are positive, kind, forgiving and loving. But every once in a while even here at Parkway Drive, attitudes sour and like the smell of sour milk, it’s disgusting. Like sour milk, you have to empty it out. When our attitudes grow sour, we must empty them out and refill ourselves with what is good, holy and righteous.
As I write this article I realize that I need to be on guard that my attitude doesn’t go sour and if it does I hope some of you will lovingly point it out with a spirit of gentleness. I also hope you will likewise receive it in the same fashion if someone shares such thoughts with you.
Then we ask ourselves, how do we safeguard ourselves from going sour again? I would recommend finding a perfect example and following it. The only perfect example is that found in Jesus Christ. So may we all spend more time in prayer and in the Word getting to know the one of whom we look to in developing the proper attitude.
“I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me. – Galatians 2:20
Love you all Parkway,