His fingers nimbly coerced song from the crudely formed instrument as he watched the sun disappear behind a near hillside. His stomach rumbled reminding him that the scrap of bread and piece of cheese that he had swindled from the cupboard had long vanished. He arched his back and stretched peering toward the house and he saw the slender figure of a man approaching. Something must be wrong he thought. His mind raced to his father, Jesse, and then to his brothers but the messenger brought even more worrisome news. Samuel, the prophet, had called for him.
“Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:”
Our attitude has the power to transform our lives. We hustle through this world struggling with this or wrestling with that. We bicker and fuss. We rant and rave. We allow gloomy shadows to delineate our existence spelling out the impending doom that we are certain is fated. We own up to all of it by saying
my headache, my bills, my kids, my boss, my job except for the one thing that matters most. We rarely say ‘my attitude’.
The writer of old gave us a remedy for our bad day, our bad week, our bad month. He gave us a remedy for our terrible boss, our misbehaving children, and our pesky in-laws. He prescribed for us a way to handle overdue bills, poor health, or dysfunctional relationships. He simply penned, “Let this mind be in you…” What mind? “…which was also in Christ Jesus.” Allow God to work between your ears. Speak positive things. Turn your focus from the things that paralyze you with fear, that hobble you with doubt, and cripple you with low self-worth and focus on the good.
If you took a bottle of water which had a loosened cap and shook it, the water would come spewing out.
Some might blame the cap and others might say it was the shaking of the bottle but the water splashing wildly about is the actual problem. It’s what’s on the inside of the bottle that really matters. I’d much rather be doused with water than motor oil. “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he:” Proverbs 23:7. So if we know that things are going to get shook up from time to time, why not make certain that what’s on the inside is something good.
Historians believe that David was most likely the illegitimate son of Jesse.
He wasn’t the oldest. He didn’t have the broadest shoulders. He was never thought of as a warrior. He languished his days away tending to the few sheep of his father and was completely overlooked by everyone when Samuel came to visit.
But it was David that said, “I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of the wickedness.” It was David that said, “I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the
house of the Lord.” David wrote, “If it had not been the Lord who was on my side…” and it was David that said, “I will praise thee with my whole heart…” And when it was time to anoint a new king, Samuel called for David.
This week I challenge you to change your attitude so that God can change your world. There are two things that I want you to do with me. First, I want you to speak positive things. Let something positive come out of your mouth regarding those around you, your situation, and your life. Secondly, I want you to look in faith for good things to happen. You cannot lose if God is on your side.