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The impact of attitude


Pastor Chuck Swindoll has been in Christian ministry for over 50 years. He is a prolific author, speaker, pastor and radio and TV host. One of his more famous writings is on the God given gift of attitude. We have all probably heard enough on attitude and its importance in our world today. It has always been amazing to me how much attitude impacts my personal and professional life.

This is what Pastor Swindoll wrote about attitude: “Life is 10 percent what happens to us, and 90 percent how we react to it. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day.” If you can understand what he has written in this quote I am quite sure it can change your life.

My first career was in sales. I attended every sales conference and seminar, and I’ve read the books from many authors on attitude and all things related. I get it. 

In Philippians 4:8 our Bible encourages our attitudes: “Whatever things are true, whatever is honest, just, and pure, whatever things are lovely and beautiful, think about these things.”

Sounds like a good description of God, doesn’t it? Isn’t our God of love true, honest, just and pure? And can’t we agree that God is beautiful and lovely?

And you are also. You are true, honest, just, pure, beautiful and lovely. Let that sink in and take root in your life. May your 90 percent be about the true gift of you in the world and how much God loves you.

Now think about that.


Doug Givan is a pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America and lives in Crawfordsville.