I visit many in hospitals and see the impact of their illness on their physical and mental state. I see those who are hurt express themselves in ways that hurt others. I hear stories of how people feel forgotten and misunderstood. I listen to those that feel they are being “honest” truly dampen the spirits of another. I believe the way in which we view the events going on around us affects greatly our attitude. Those who see the world in a negative light often spread that pain and hurt to others. Those who see the world in a positive light are often happier and spread love and light to those around them. God gives us the ability to transcend our pain, our loneliness, our hurt, our physical condition, and our circumstances by giving us the ability to change the way we feel about our situation. Our attitude is up to us! I love this quote by an unknown author:
“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company…a church…a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past…we cannot change the fact that people will act a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude…I am convinced that life is 10 percent what happens to me and 90 percent how I react to it. And so it is with you…we are in charge of our attitudes.”
May God strengthen us to have the most encouraging, positive, optimistic attitude in order to improve ourselves and our church. If we truly believe everything is possible through Christ, then there is no reason not to have an attitude to match!
Thank you to all who participated in the Cottage Gathering! Many good ideas, goals for the future and dreams for church came out of our discussions. I pray that we look to the future through the eyes of faith knowing God will guide us and strengthen us for the work ahead. If we continue to work together with an attitude of gratitude and encouragement, there is nothing we cannot accomplish!
Listed below are the goals for this year and the committees that will be developing a plan for us all to participate in implementing:
*Expand Community (Invite More People, Jerusalem Sunday, Engage Inactive Members, Target Unchurched) – Family Ministries
*New Approach Needed (Utilize Technology, Ask Young People What They Would Like to See, Embrace Change, No Judgement, Welcoming All) – Worship
*Signage (Name Tags for Worship, Usher Tags, Signs for Where to Go in the Church) – Trustees
*Food (Fellowship Surrounded by Food) – Family Ministries
*Spiritual Growth (Learning and Studying about the Community Around Us) – Task Force
~ Peace, Tracy