“What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us. And when you bring what is within out into the world, miracles happen.” Attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson & Henry David Thoreau.
Attitude is one of the single most important factors influencing our success and satisfaction in life. This is as true in the life of Pinnacle Presbyterian Church as it is in our individual lives. What you believe about yourself and about our church is a great predictor of the results you will see and the reality you will experience.
A plaque in the late Arnold Palmer’s office tells a lot about why he was so successful on and off the golf course. It reads:
If you think you are beaten, you are.
If you think you dare not, you don’t.
If you’d like to win but think you can’t,
It’s almost certain you won’t.
Life’s battles don’t always go
To the stronger or faster man,
But sooner or later the man who wins,
Is the man who thinks he can.
Pinnacle’s future is as bright as the hope that lies within us. And when Jesus is our “bright and morning star” all things are possible!
The Apostle Paul encourages us to approach life with the same attitude Christ did:
Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any comfort from his love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit? Are your hearts tender and compassionate? Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose.
Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.
You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.
Though he was God,
he did not think of equality with God
as something to cling to.
Instead, he gave up his divine privileges;
he took the humble position of a slave
and was born as a human being.
When he appeared in human form,
he humbled himself in obedience to God
and died a criminal’s death on a cross.
Prayer: Grant us Lord God, that we your children may live our lives with the same attitude as our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.