With an open heart and humble spirit, let us consider a truth that often resonates in our daily interactions and spiritual journeys: “Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude.” This wisdom, though succinct, bears profound implications for our lives, both earthly and spiritual.
Often, we place significant emphasis on our aptitude, our innate abilities, or acquired skills, believing these to be the determining factors of our success or “altitude” in life. While aptitude certainly plays a role in shaping our path, the Bible reminds us that it is our attitude – our internal perspective and disposition – that truly influences our ultimate heights.
Consider the humble example of David, the shepherd boy with a heart after God (1 Samuel 16:7). He may not have been the most experienced or skilled warrior, yet his fearless attitude and unwavering faith in God enabled him to conquer the giant Goliath and later become a beloved king. His attitude, saturated with faith and courage, took him to altitudes his mere aptitude could not reach.
We see this theme echoed in the New Testament as well. In the book of Philippians, Apostle Paul says, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13). His words reflect an attitude of resilience and divine reliance that transcends any earthly skills or abilities. Paul’s aptitude as a former Pharisee did not elevate him; rather, his attitude of unwavering faith and perseverance in spreading the gospel of Christ took him to remarkable heights in his spiritual journey.
In our pursuit of higher altitudes in life, we must remember Jesus’s words in Matthew 5:3, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs, is the kingdom of heaven.” Jesus did not refer to worldly aptitudes or riches, but a humble and contrite attitude that acknowledges our need for God’s grace.
Therefore, beloved brethren, as we strive for greater heights in our spiritual walk, let us cultivate a Christ-centered attitude, an attitude of faith, hope, love, humility, and gratitude. After all, our altitude in life is not merely about our professional or societal standing, but our spiritual growth and closeness to our heavenly Father.
As we embark on the journey of aligning our attitude with the teachings of Christ, let us not forget the promise found in James 4:10, “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will lift you up.” With a God-honoring attitude, we shall soar to altitudes beyond our imagination. Amen.