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Attitude of Success
James 3:13-17, Romans 12:15
When you see one of your teammates do something really great, how do you react? When you see a teammate succeed, do you feel happy for them? Do you congratulate them and pat them on the back? When you see a teammate succeed, have you ever felt jealous inside? Have you secretly wished they had failed? Most of us can probably answer yes to all of these questions at one time or another. When a teammate succeeds, why does our attitude about it matter?
Where there is jealousy and selfishness, there
will be confusion and every kind of evil.
Wisdom is the key to having an attitude of success. James, the brother of Jesus, warns there are two different kinds of wisdom and they are very different. There is a false worldly wisdom that promotes a ME attitude. It allows jealousy and selfishness to creep into our hearts and damage our friendships. We become self-serving and full of pride. James 3:13-14 How does having a ME attitude lead you to serve yourself? On the other hand, there is a true wisdom that comes from God. It promotes a WE attitude that is gentle, honest, and pure. It helps us get along with others and be ready to do good. James 3:17 How does having a WE attitude lead you to serve others?
God wants us to “be happy with those who are happy.” Romans 12:15 A positive, supportive team is fun to play on and creates a winning mindset. It bonds the team together and brings out the best in each player. How does celebrating your teammates’ success encourage them to keep improving? How does it motivate you to raise your own game?
Heavenly Father, thank you for giving us your wisdom. Help us develop an attitude of success that benefits the whole team. When we feel jealousy and selfishness creeping in, help us turn to you for help. Fill our hearts and minds with your peace and understanding. Amen.