Jeff Cranston is the author of "Happily Ever After" which focuses on the beatitudes of Jesus teaching. Jeff talks about the importance of attitude in leadership and everyday life. In his book, he employs over 180 Bible verses in examining the lifestyle and characteristics of a believer. "Jesus is not giving us a list of don'ts but a list of do's", Cranston says. These are Be-attitudes because this is how we should be in our attitudes and actions. When we exhibit these expressions of discipleship, we'll hear the applause of heaven.
How Important is Attitude in the Life of a Leader?
Attitude is absolutely everything. Everyone in our organization or church feeds off the leader's attitude. If they come in with a lack of faith, it effects everyone. But if you come in with the attitude that God is in control, we are His under-shepherds. No matter what you face then, you know that He has it, it doesn't catch God off guard. This is absolutely vital for any leader at any level.
Beatitudes - The Attitudes that We Ought to Have.
You're told to read your bible, and do certain things, and you are told if you do these things you will be accepted by God. If we become legalistic, we don't have that hunger and thirst for Jesus, for who He is and what He has done in our lives.
Blessed are the Poor in Spirit, for Theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven...
Blessed are the Meek, for They will Inherit the Earth
Jesus tells us that the attitude we have is to be meek and lowly and poor in spirit. When we think of meek, we think of someone with no backbone, no strength. This actually requires God strength the most. We have to combat our own human nature and consider the other as more important than the self.
Kindness and Gentleness
This doesn't come natural to us. As soon as someone does something to irritate us, then the carnal nature rises up and now we have a battle. The secret to the beatitudes is they are absolutely impossible to live out without the help of God. The more we rely on Him, the more we are drawn into a relationship with Jesus. If you live out the first 7 of the beatitudes, the 8th is a by-product. "Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness". If you live out the first 7 you can expect that people are going to start to dislike you intensely for it.
In the church, we don't
know what persecution really is. But the way we experience it, may be at work,
the job promotion doesn't come, we aren't invited to family function, there is
a non-acceptance that wounds us emotionally. As you do that, Jesus says you are
doubly blessed and it is another opportunity as we move in closer to Him.
Glass Half Full - Looking at the Positive
No matter what I (Jeff) experience or go through, as a leader, husband, father, friend, I can turn to Him because He came as flesh and went through all the emotions experienced what we face today.