The Bible is filled with instructions about right and wrong thinking. For example, one might have an attitude of faith or unbelief. This was demonstrated in the life of David when the Philistine giant Goliath was taunting the army of Israel. In I Samuel 17 we find the brothers of David have developed a certain attitude about Goliath. They thought he was too big to hit and as a result were afraid. David thought he was too big to miss, and as a result was unafraid. The difference was one of attitude! When the brothers looked at Goliath they thought they were too small to meet the challenge because they compared their size to his. When David looked at him, he thought the giant was small and could be easily defeated. Why? Because he compared the giant’s size to God. David won the victory because of his attitude of faith.
God promises us that we can be victorious too, if only we will cultivate an attitude that says, ‘I can’. An attitude of fortitude is so vital in the world in which we live. Don’t let your circumstances control your life, you control your life by the way you react to your circumstances. Someone has said, “Life is 10 percent what happens to us and 90 percent how we respond to it.”
In the church, there is no better attitude to adopt than the one Paul defines in Philippians 2:3-5 “Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem another better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interest, but also for the interests of others. Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus”.