Winston Churchill stated, “Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.” A survivor of the Holocaust, Viktor Frankl, said, “Everything can be taken from a man, but one thing: the last of human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances.” Most people who watch sports know that two athletes might be almost at the same level of ability, but their frame of mind or attitude is what makes the difference. One can clearly see a change from hope to defeat in the facial expression and body language of an athlete who allows a negative attitude.
We all need encouragement with our attitudes. Paul wrote that even when a person is being corrected by God, they can strengthen the hands which hang down and the feeble knees (Hebrews 12:12-13 Hebrews 12:12-13 12 Why lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees;
13 And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed.
American King James Version×). That is attitude. God instructed Job to “gird up his loins” (Job 38:3 Job 38:3Gird up now your loins like a man; for I will demand of you, and answer you me.
American King James Version×, King James Version) in the midst of his despair. God expected Job to get up from the low place to which he had fallen. At that moment, nothing had changed except that God was directing the thoughts of Job in a positive direction. Hope and vision are anchors for the soul (Hebrews 6:19 Hebrews 6:19Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters into that within the veil;
American King James Version×). We can embrace hope and choose a positive attitude as Jesus did (Hebrews 12:2 Hebrews 12:2Looking to Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
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