I would love to take a moment to be open and honest: I have been complaining a lot more than usual and find myself participating in godless chatter that causes me to question whether or not I am truly acting as a good ambassador of Christ.
With that being said, I have also seen the effects that this complaining and godless chatter have had on my attitude. As a result, I have been pessimistic about certain assignments and tasks in school, softball, or my day-to-day life. I want to share with you today a few thoughts that God has laid on my heart this week in a variety of different settings in order that we might present this attitude at the feet of Jesus.
The first I will discuss is the idea of “godless chatter.”
2 Timothy 2:16 says “Avoid godless chatter, because those who indulge in it will become more and more ungodly.”
In the context of a small discipleship group, we came upon this passage in 2 Timothy 2 and each had some confessing to do. It’s not easy to steer away from godless chatter, even among Christians! Whether it’s gossiping, complaining, or just saying things that would be better left unsaid, Paul points out in his letter to Timothy that we are vessels of the Holy Spirit. As vessels for something that is holy, we must ourselves participate in noble purposes, “useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work” (v. 21). My goal today is to turn my complaints into Praise.
At FCA on Monday night, a close friend and former track athlete Matt Baysinger came to speak to our group. God led him to talk to us about fellowship and the importance of encouraging each other.
1 Thessalonians 5:11 says, “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up.”
It says build each other up, not bring each other down! God has clearly taught me to never underestimate the way He uses me in one simple compliment or one simple encouragement. These can come in various forms, and are not always in a ‘nice’ way. As athletes, we know that encouragement on the field, court, track, course, or pool often come stirred in with passion and a strong voice. Let our encouragement off the playing field carry the same weight!
As reminded at Vintage Church on Sunday morning by my pastor Deacon, a thankful heart produces peace. There is no other quicker fix to an attitude problem than to have a heart change by deciding to be thankful for the gifts that God has blessed us with in our lives.
Philippians 4:6-7 says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
This verse, while it touches on praying with thanksgiving segways perfectly into our final point.
The passage says, “present your requests to God.” Clearly it is our attitudes that we need to present. In order to do this, we must sit down and spend Quiet time with God.
Colossians 3:2, 10 says “Set your minds on things above” and “put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.”
What better way to present our attitude to God than setting our mind to Him, and letting Him renew us in His image?
My challenge this week is to apply these four things to our day:
- Eliminate godless chatter
- Encourage a friend today
- Be thankful for what God has given you
- Make a quiet time with the Lord a priority, and present your attitude to Him
No one is perfect so I pray you don’t feel any guilt. We all have bad days and God says that’s OK and draws us in to Him during those times. But give it a try and be available as the Holy Spirit transforms your attitude and your heart to be more like Christ Himself.