April 21, 2012

What drives your attitude?

You may have heard it said; “attitude is everything.” Don’t know who coined this statement and don’t really care, all I know is that my attitude is always a reflection of what is going on inside of me. It is interesting how a little thing like a personal conflict or some other issue in my head can negatively affect my attitude. Those of you who are married know how important attitude is to marital harmony. Another area where a good attitude is critical is in the workplace! Who wants to be around a person (for very long) with a bad attitude? What can you stand to gain or lose because of your attitude? I think we can agree that one’s attitude is indeed important, so wouldn’t it be even more important to know what is driving one’s attitude?

Take Caleb for example, he had humble beginnings as a slave in Egypt and was nomad in a desert for 45 years. However, the Lord tells us in Numbers 14:24: “…my servant Caleb has a different spirit and follows me wholeheartedly …” And promises this: “I will bring him into the land he went to and his descendants will inherit it.”

Numbers 13 – Caleb and Joshua are the only two of the twelve spies who report back to Moses stating in verse 30: “We should go up and take possession of the land (of Canaan) for we can certainly do it.” However, the other ten spies continued to demonstrate their lack of faith as fear spread among the people! But again Caleb and Joshua stood up and spoke Numbers 14:7-9 “The land we passed through and explored is exceedingly good. If the Lord is pleased with us He will lead us into that land, …and will give it to us. Only do not rebel against the Lord and do not be afraid of the people of the land, because we will swallow them up. Their protection is gone, but the Lord is with us. Do not be afraid of them.”

Caleb never denied the fierceness of the warriors in the cities they had spied upon, because it was true. But Caleb looked at things differently. He looked at the odds through God’s eyes WHO IS ABLE! That is; he measured a problem by the size of His God. Caleb was courageous because he wholeheartedly trusted in God’s faithfulness. Unfortunately for Caleb and Joshua they were hamstrung by the fear that gripped most everyone around them.

Fast-forward 45 years: Caleb is now 85 and had become a leader who seemingly did the impossible, because of his wholehearted devotion to the Lord …claiming to what God had promised earlier! “Now give me this hill country, that the Lord promised me that day. You yourself heard then that the Anakim (giants of the land) were there and their cities were large and fortified, but with the Lord’s help, I will drive them out just as He said …(Joshua 14:12)”

Did you catch that? Caleb who is now a leader, believes God at His word and he literally does not care what others think, or who occupies the land. SO…at age 85 he drives the Anakim out of the land (Chapter 15). The very giants who had made their parents turn and run were no match for God!

Caleb had asked God to give him and his descendants what was “rightfully theirs.” God answered his prayer, but it required him to wait 45 years and the courage to conquer the giants who possessed it. Key to Caleb’s patience and courage is in the fact that we are told (six times) that Caleb followed God of Israel wholeheartedly! Caleb had an attitude that was driven out of a wholehearted devotion to the Lord!

What drives your attitude? Fear? Circumstances? Personal Interests? Self- confidence? Others? Or is it a whole-hearted devotion to God?

Think about it!

– Article by Tim Chastain, Director of Men’s Teams/MMi for the Master’s Men ministry.