In the last week of our Windows series, Mark Mikel talked about attitude. Using quotations from famous people and scripture texts, Mark reminded us that belief is necessary if miracles are to happen. He talked about the difference between a naysayer (who is always negative and focused on why something won't work) and a truth-teller (who looks at a situation realistically and sometimes urges us to not move forward). The former will usually breed more negativity in a group; the later will keep the group from making mistakes. Mark contrasted the stories of David slaying Goliath and Jonah going to the people of Nineveh to illustrate the difference attitude can make. David gave his skill and the outcome of the fight to God, confident God could use him to kill the giant. And God did. Jonah chose to run away from God's call at first and then, when he obeyed and preached the people of Nineveh into repentance, complained when God did not destroy them. He sat down and felt sorry for himself rather than rejoicing that the people were reconciled with God. Mark challenged us to replace our negative thoughts with positive vision for our future, to ask God for opportunities to share the hope that is within us, and to ask God for a miracle we expect to become reality in our church.
“Ask, and you will receive. Search, and you will find. Knock, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Whoever seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door is opened." Matthew 7:7-8 (CEB)