July 17, 2019
Attitude is extremely important when flying an aircraft.
The “attitude” of a plane describes the angle of attack the plane has with respect to the horizon. In other words, how the plane is oriented with its nose down or up, will determine how the craft will reach or maintain altitude. In order to climb or maintain proper altitude, the aircraft must have the right attitude. In fact, the primary rule of attitude flying is: ATTITUDE + POWER = PERFORMANCE.
I think that statement is true in life as well; attitude + power = performance. God is our source of power, but it is in partnership with our attitude that He is able to achieve great results from our lives. It is our attitude more than any other human element that determines the quality of our life, and the impact we have on others.
Pastor and Author Chuck Swindol expresses this truth so well:
The longer I live the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than circumstances, than failure, than success, than whatever other people may think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company… a church… a home. The remarkable thing is that we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past… we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude… I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.”
Isn’t that the key to performing well? Choosing each day to embrace life, to live it to the full, to determine that no matter what the circumstances to choose a winning attitude, to make a difference, to leave a valuable mark on the world that no one, not even the devil himself can erase.
Life can be full of hardship and difficulty, the real measure of your character is how you choose to respond. And just as it is when flying an aircraft, the quality of your attitude will determine your altitude, and will set the limit on just how high you can fly!