You have seen them around. Sometimes they are called “attitude shirts.” They openly broadcast to the world what not everybody verbalizes but what an awful lot of people have going on inside them. Search Google or Bing Images or sample a few of these:
- I’m not shy. I just don’t like you.
- If I throw a stick will you leave.
- My attitude: 70% sarcasm; 20% don’t care; 10% lazy = 100% Awesome!
- I can’t hear you, but you are still wrong.
- I wake up with a good attitude every day; then idiots happen.
- Do I look like the help desk?
- I love my cats. People: not so much.
Yes, some of these are clever and funny, but it is not really funny when people live like this and treat other people with these kinds of attitudes overflowing from their hearts. And it happens all the time, day after day in homes, offices, schools, dorms, you name it.
Being a follower of Jesus is not about keeping a list of rules. Its not about having an outstanding performance. It is not about trying to impress anyone. More than anything else, it is about living life with a whole new attitude--with “the Kingdom attitudes” (see Matthew 5:1-12). And all because you now see life so differently.
And if you ever get a mental block and forget what your attitude should be, you can take the list of popular attitudes we just looked at (or add your own by reading tee shirts and bumper stickers) and THEN go to the total opposite end of the continuum, and there you will likely find yourself in the Kingdom attitudes. Give it a try. You won’t be far off.
"Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus…” Philippians 2:5 (NIV)