Paul begins a very happy letter to the church in Thessalonica, “We give thanks to God always for all of you, constantly mentioning you in our prayers, remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ” (1Thessalonians 1:2-3). The people are walking right and pleasing God, and Paul encourages them to “do so more and more” (1Thessalonians 4:1). They are loving on each another, and Paul encourages them to “do this more and more” (1Thessalonians 4:10). His letter is full of attitude, good attitude, because attitude affects everything.
Listen to an interviewer tell two different applicants with two different attitudes what to expect from the same job.
The interviewer asked the applicant, “Tell me about your last job.” Applicant #1: “Not good. Not good at all. The boss was unfair, moody, played favorites. The employees were mean and petty. You couldn’t trust anyone. That’s why I am applying here. I’m looking forward to a change.”
“Well, you are qualified. Congratulations, you are hired. But I do have bad news. I think you’ll find the same environment here.”
Next applicant; “Tell me about your last job.” Applicant #2: “Wonderful. I was sad to leave, but it couldn’t be helped. My boss was fair, a good man, encouraging. The office was like a family. Everyday was a pleasure.”
“Well, you are qualified. Congratulations, you are hired. And I have good news. I think you’ll find the same environment here.”
Paul’s letter is full of attitude because attitude affects everything. “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1Thessalonians 5:16-18). Do this more and more.
My God, each and every day is a gift. I like gifts. That’s a good way to wake up. I love starting the day, anticipating the joy of living fully for You. May this be my daily mindset. May my attitude reflect the life Your Son has given me, a life of joy and purpose, hope and love.
Thank You, God, for giving me life. I am looking forward to forever!