Summary: The ATTITUDE ADJUSTMENT continues as we consider the FUNCTION of our attitudes as Paul describes it in Philippians 4. We need to demonstrate a healthy attitude in practical ways.
?How To Have A Winning Attitude!?
? Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice!
 Let your forbearing spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near.  Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
 Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, let your mind dwell on these things.  The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things; and the God of peace shall be with you.?
[Reader’s Digest, January, 1992]
Joe Theismann enjoyed an illustrious 12-year career as quarterback of the Washington Redskins. He led the team to two Super Bowl appearances--winning in 1983 before losing the following year.
A leg injury forced him out of football in 1985?and now, he is entrenched in the record books as Washington’s all-time leading passer.
However, it is the tail end of Theismann’s career that taught him a bitter lesson: ?I got stagnant. I thought the team revolved around me. I should have known it was time to go when I didn’t care whether a pass hit Art Monk in the 8 or the 1 on his uniform. When we went back to the Super Bowl, my approach had changed. I was griping about the weather, my shoes, practice times, everything?.
Today I wear my two rings--the winner’s ring from Super Bowl XVII and the loser’s ring from Super Bowl XVIII. The difference in those two rings lies in applying oneself and not accepting anything but the best.
-Two DIFFERENT rings?
-Two DIFFERENT decisions?
-Two DIFFERENT behaviors?from two DIFFERENT ATTITUDES!
à The difference?according to Joe Theismann?is in applying oneself and not accepting anything but the best!
I wonder about this when it comes to our attitudes and behaviors?if that same thing is true for us???
-Does applying oneself make a difference?
-Does it take us just not accepting anything less, but to have the best attitude possible within us?
Ø You will remember from last week, we talked about being different?
Ø And we talked about having the best attitude?
Ø We also talked about how it is GOD WITHIN US that makes the true difference within our hearts?that will resonate to our outward actions.
-We cannot accomplish this kind of change on our own or with positive thinking through Human Philosophy?
à However, that is NOT to say that it takes NO effort of our own to get to where we need to be either?
-Faith, without works is dead, James tells us?
-And this can be applied here, and to many areas on life in this way?
*?You can BELIEVE for God to change you all the day long, but it is all for not, until you actually APPLY that belief/faith you are ?trusting? in, in a practical manner; by being a DOER of the Word, and not just a HEARER/BELIEVER!?