Summary: One author wrote, "Our Attitude, not our Aptitude, determines our Altitude!" I agree.
The place: Dublin, Ireland. The time: Toward the end of the nineteenth century. The event: A series of blistering attacks on Christianity, especially the "alleged resurrection" of Jesus of Nazareth. The person: Thomas Henry Huxley. You remember Huxley? He was a devoted disciple of Charles Darwin. Sir Huxley, a famous biologist, teacher, author, defender of the theory of evolution, bold, convincing self-avowed humanist, and a traveling lecturer.
Having finished another series of public assaults against several truths Christians held sacred, Huxley was in a hurry the following morning to catch his train to the next city. He took one of Dublin’s famous horse-drawn taxis and settled back with his eyes closed to rest himself for a few minutes. He assumed the driver had been told the destination by the hotel doorman, so all he said as he got in was, "Hurry . . . I’m almost late. Drive fast!" The horses lurched forward and galloped across Dublin at a vigorous pace. Before long Huxley glanced out the window and frowned as he realized they were going west, away from the sun, not toward it. Leaning forward, the scholar shouted, "Do you know where you are going?" Without looking back, the driver yelled a classic line, not meant to be humorous, "No, your honor! But I’m driving very fast!" (sermoncentral.com)
Often we are like Huxley. Driven. Passionate. Bold to pursue our own unproven personal convictions. We live in a fast-paced world. We want to go to places as fast as light’s speed. Power jets, turbo-charged engines, quick-fix, few minutes’ pizza, and the like are the trends of the modern world. But where are we going? There’s one thing I know for sure – our bodies back to dust, and our souls back to God, for our time of reckoning.
As we face this year, 2010, we need the right attitudes! One writer articulates, "Our Attitude, not our Aptitude, determines our Altitude". A few of them that I can suggest:
1. Let Go of the past Completely!
2. Let’s Grab on the Present Consistently!
3. Let God in the Future Confidently!
1. Let Go of the Past, Completely!
"…Forgetting what is behind…"
There are invaluable jewels of life that we should keep cherishing – our blessings. It’s uplifting to count them one by one, as the hymn strikes the wholesome notes in our souls. But there are trifling things that are worth forgetting:
a. Leave your Resentments behind.
Definitely, we were somewhat offended, in the same way that we have offended any one. Hurts are a part of our Christian curriculum. But leave them behind. Learn from them. People are imperfect beings.
b. Leave your Worries behind.
There will always be unfinished business, unsettled issues, uncertain undertakings and unmet needs. Worrying won’t reduce the weight of our concocted problems. Worry will never boil down the mess; in fact, it will only alchemize them to complications.
c. Leave your Failures behind.
Believe me, every human being failed, sometimes often, in the course of his or her life. That’s common to everyone - failure. But the eerie image of failure shines a sleek beauty when we learn from them.