Life At Its Best: Live in an attitude inspired by faith
Dec. 30, 2011 at 6:30 a.m.
By Jim Graff
I used to have two sets of clothes in my closet: one I could wear and another I was hoping to get back into in the future.
But one day, when I got home from work, I noticed the second set was missing.
My wife informed me that she had cleaned out my closet and taken the ones I was hoping to get back into to Goodwill. She reminded me that I'd kept them for a long time and was probably never going to get back into them.
She kindly said, "Jim, you're going to have to face it. There's just more of you than there are clothes."
And she was right.
The truth is that anything we get into has to be bigger than us - including our attitudes. The ones we choose to live in will determine where we end up.
This reminds me of Noah, who Hebrews says, "In holy fear built an ark to save his family." Noah had to live with a faith in God that was bigger than what was going on around him.
And there was plenty going on around him.
Genesis tells us that Noah's world was a mess. It was corrupt and full of violence. In fact, things were so bad that God finally sent a flood that destroyed everything and everyone. Everyone, that is, except Noah and his family.
Why was Noah saved? Because he got into something that was bigger than him, and it brought protection to both him and his family. He trusted in what God said above anything else, and it brought about blessing.
"Getting into," or adopting an attitude, affects our lives more than we often realize. Whether it's an attitude of fear or faith, regret or rejoicing, it will affect our destination.
When Tamara and I first moved here, our volunteer children's pastors were Matt and Chandra, a couple who loved children, but had none of their own.
When Chandra was a teenager, she had severe female problems and ended up having to have all but one small piece of her ovaries removed.
As a result, the doctor told her as a young girl that she'd never be able to have children of her own. Matt and Chandra married with the understanding that if they wanted a family, it would have to be through adoption.
However, when Chandra began to learn God's promises and hear stories of how God had worked in the lives of others, faith began to grow inside of her.
She sensed that God wanted her to keep an attitude of faith about the situation. Well, long story short, Matt and Chandra ended up with not just one of their own children, but with four of them. And all of them are healthy today.
So, let me ask you - what attitude are you living in? There's no limit to what God will do if we will live in attitudes inspired by faith.
Jim Graff is the senior pastor of Faith Family Church in Victoria, faithfamilyvictoria.com.