by Amber Mills
How is my attitude affecting those around me?
This question has been rolling around in my mind the past few days. The thought process started earlier this week while watching my boys play basketball. We were in another state playing a travel team that we see only a few times a year, have a fierce rivalry with, but truly enjoy being around. They are one of those teams that you work all year to beat, but you wouldn’t mind going to Steak-n-Shake with after the game, even if you lose.
This time was different. The atmosphere wasn’t friendly. Fans were edgy. There was yelling and booing. The opposing players were pushing the limits of what is acceptable. Now don’t get me wrong. My boys have played competitive sports for a very long time and I fully appreciate all that comes with it. Games are loud, intense, and very physical, but this went beyond. There were no post game conversations between players or parents.
The entire demeanor of this competition was different than the last. What had changed? Same team. Same players. Same parents. New coach. The leadership had changed. The new coach encouraged this behavior. He congratulated his players when our team was injured. He gave a thumbs up to the booing fan section. He also demeaned his own players when they didn’t perform to his expectations.
The previous coach had been a very intense, but godly man. He had demanded his players give 100% at all times but he valued character above all else. It trickled down throughout the entire program just as this new attitude has.
Do they not see the change? Do they even care how they are being perceived? How are the parents okay with the behavior of their boys and the attitude change on and off of the court? It is as if they are completely oblivious to the change.
The complete 180 of this team stirred something within me. It made me think! It made me examine! Have there been changes in me, my family, and my church that I am oblivious to? Has my leadership, in any way, cheered on or encouraged bad behavior? When others fall, do I give a thumb up to those under me? Does my leadership make those around me strive for greatness or does it glorify the destruction of others?
Our attitudes and actions are magnified in those we have influence over. We cannot control how people behave, but we can control how we influence them. If a church is arrogant, cliquey, and more concerned with whom they have rather than whom they can reach, the leadership is usually of the same mindset. On the other hand, humble leadership usually leads the giving, inviting church to reach out and bless their community.
I did not choose to be a pastor’s wife. None the less, it is the path laid before me, and I wouldn’t want to walk any other. I am in leadership; therefore, I must be mindful of my attitude, my words, my facial expressions (if you know me you will agree that the latter is the one, I struggle with the most!).
Philippians 2:3-4 NLT says, “Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.”
A trickling faucet left alone can cause your water bill to skyrocket. A bad attitude trickling down from ministry leadership can destroy an entire church.
What am I allowing to trickle from my heart into my family and my church? As a children’s pastor, I want the kids under me to be accepting. As a women’s leader, I want my ladies to be inviting and loving. As the lead pastor’s wife, I want my church to be burdened for the lost and more concerned with our community around us than with our own agendas. But most importantly, as a mom and wife, I want my family to be examples of how to truly love each other.
Denise G Roop
9/25/2019 10:41:53 am
Great read, Amber! Thanks for the powerful reminders regarding the influence of leadership, both positive and negative!
9/26/2019 11:14:33 am
Denise, Amber's words truly resonate with us as leaders. Powerful, indeed!
9/29/2019 12:09:43 am
Thank you Denise. ❤️
9/25/2019 10:42:29 am
Love this good reminder!! Well spoken too!!
9/26/2019 11:15:49 am
Rita, Thankful for women who can verbalize in writing such a pertinent message!
9/29/2019 12:10:50 am
Thank you Rita!
9/25/2019 11:10:49 am
Great post!! We are the children's pastors at our church and I love that you said, "Kids are the key not only to our survival as a church but also in our endless pursuit to evangelize our world." Kids really are the future of the church and future leaders!
9/26/2019 11:20:34 am
Sarah, thank you for responding! Many of our kids will aspire to be just like their kid's pastors. Grateful for pastors whose character is worthy to emulate!
9/29/2019 12:12:47 am
Thank you Sarah! We can never come to a place as a church where we neglect to see the value of pouring into our children!
9/26/2019 11:24:24 am
Amber, Thank you for this pertinent message! It truly serves as reminder to keep our hearts pure and "Above all else, guard [it], for everything you do flows from it. Proverbs 4:23.
9/29/2019 12:14:34 am
Thank you Vicki for your kind words. ❤️
9/26/2019 12:23:52 pm
Amber, you really made me stop and think about how I am influencing others. What a great illustration!
9/26/2019 10:01:50 pm
Terry, Amber’s message is certainly one that will cause any woman in ministry to consider how she is influencing. Thank you!
9/29/2019 12:15:31 am
Thank you Terry❤️
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