If then there is any encouragement in Christ, any consolation from love, any sharing in the Spirit, any compassion and sympathy, make my joy complete: be of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves. Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others.
And Jesus said
‘Come on give me attitude girl.
That is what we need.
That is what it takes.
That is where we are at – now and always, everywhere, across time and place.’
‘Strut your stuff – after all we created it for you to use.
Compete with each other
Compete with us
Get that ‘tude out there.
That is where we are at – where you are called to be!’
‘there is an I in attitude.
I for identity.’
‘I am the I in attitude.’
The I in attitude is Jesus shaped – both having and being!
‘there is a you in attitude.
I call you, I exhort you to bring my shape to your attitude,
to shape your actions boldly, lovingly, compassionately
and to deliver them with my chutzpah.’
‘This is the good news, there is a we in attitude.
We in all our diversity, made in Our Image,
we in our love for one another,
we in our impetus always to prioritise the needs of the other in creation.’
(Thus meeting our own God-given need.)
Jesus the Redeemer said
‘There is a cross in att†tude
I have taken this symbol of power and made it mine.
Made it a symbol of belonging.’
‘Come on give me attitude, loud, proud, I, you, they, we.’
‘This is my commandment…….’
“Christ has no body now but yours. No hands, no feet on earth but yours. Yours are the eyes through which he looks compassion on this world. Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good. Yours are the hands through which he blesses all the world.” Teresa of Avila
Loving God give us your attitude, shape us and our actions using a Christlike mould. Enable us to contribute to Your great meld of heaven. Today and always. Amen
The Rev’d Helen M Mee is a member of Morningside United Church, Edinburgh