By Ryan Kelly
This picture is of St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans. My family and I took a quick weekend trip to the city to see The Lion King at the Saenger Theatre and the Aquarium of the Americas. The kids loved it!
I noticed something very apparent during our trip, though. The attitude of the people around us greatly affected our attitude at the time. Here are some examples.
At the hotel, we were greeted by very friendly bell hops and attendants to check us in. This marked a very positive start to the vacation and put us in good spirits. That night, we went to a restaurant where the waiter was pretty slow, but very friendly. Despite the slowness of the service, his charming smile and friendly attitude made up for the service and still put us in a good mood and made the evening very nice. In contract, though, we had another meal before leaving where the waitress was prompt and attentive, but she clearly had a bad attitude and an uncaring heart toward what she was doing. This put a damper on the entire day and soured us before leaving.
So, why bring up this point? It is because our attitude affects others. You see, God created us to be social people. Our spirit rubs off on others in either a positive of a negative way. None of us are perfect and we will all make mistakes. But, when we have a kind, loving attitude toward those around us, it makes up for our shortcomings and encourages others. When we have a bad attitude, it also affects others in a negative way.
Paul tells us in Philippians 2:1-30, “So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.”
So, in whatever you do, think first of the impact you will make in someone else’s life and try to have a positive attitude. I promise you that it will open more doors for witness and positive influence than a negative attitude ever would…