Over the next several weeks, we will be talking about staying in the light. So, don’t miss the next several blogs. I promise you, this could change your life!

Through a situation in my life (a bad attitude) I came across a revelation that has set me free. I want to share it with you so that it can help you with your walk with God.

Can you have a bad attitude and still be a Christian? Yes! Can you have a bad attitude and still go to heaven? The answer, once again, is yes! Your salvation is not affected by your attitude, but your walk with God on this earth is. In Matthew 5:14, the Word tells us that we are to be the light of the world. It is really hard to be the light of the world when all the world is seeing is a bad attitude.

I am a huge Chicago Bears fan, and I have been since I was 8 years old. I watched the movie, “Brian’s Song” and began my journey of being a Chicago Bears fan. I vowed that day to be a fan for the rest of my life. I tell people, I cried through that movie as a kid and have been crying ever since!

This year, Chicago finally made it to the playoffs for the first time in ten years. This was our year! This was the year that we would go all the way. We had the best defense in the league, and we were Super Bowl bound! Kaleb, my son, and I have on our Chicago jerseys watching the game. It’s the very last play of the game, and Chicago is kicking a field goal (which would put us ahead). The kick is up! It’s good! We have won the game! We are going to the next round! Kaleb and I are jumping up and down, running around the room, rejoicing over our win! Then suddenly, we noticed a referee waving his hand saying, “A timeout was called before the kick.” We had to kick again. What?! So, we kicked again and missed. Instead of winning, and being on top of the mountain, we lost the game.

This is where my bad attitude came in. I was so mad. I was mad at the referee. I was mad at the kicker. I was mad at the jersey I was wearing; I was just plain mad at everything! I even texted my wife, who was at prayer meeting. “Don’t talk to me about the game.” I was definitely not walking in the light at that moment.  I was not being the light of the world.

I was so upset about not winning that I knew I had to do something. So, I ran to the Word of God. I locked myself in the office with the Bible and began reading in John. When I read John 1:4-5, the bad attitude began to lift off of me. These verses say, “In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.” Two words stood out, light and comprehend.

Let’s start with light. Light is a constant. Darkness cannot stay where light is. Think about it: when you walk into a dark room and turn on the light, what happens to the darkness? It disappears. The room becomes filled with that light. It is the same with the Word of God. The moment I brought in the Word of God, my situation began to change. My bad attitude was replaced with the “light of the Word of God.” The scriptures even tell us in Psalms 119:105, “Your word is a lamp unto my feet, a light on my path.” In other words, the Word can bring light to every situation in your life. Go to the Word of God when a problem arises and that Word will bring you light!

- Coach Brim

Emalee HanveyComment