Our flipping attitude vs. flipping the blessing

By Dave Henning / February 11, 2020

“Once you get the hang of it, flipping the blessing is a ton of fun.  But it’s not always easy.  One of the hardest things to flip is our flipping attitude.  Attitude is a big piece of the blessing puzzle, and it doesn’t cost a dime.”- Mark Batterson

Mark Batterson concludes Chapter 12 of Double Blessing as he states his belief that a smile represents on of the simplest ways to bless someone.  Above all, Pastor Batterson adds, we don’t just smile because we feel happy.  We also feel happy because we smile.  And, Mark asks, what if we leveraged our smiles as a subtle way to bless others?

In addition to stewarding your smile, Pastor Batterson suggests you try giving others your undivided attention.  Yes, that means you need to put down that smart phone.  Because we live in a digitally distracted day and age, undivided attention serves as a great gift idea!

Many years ago, Winston Churchill’s mother dined with two of England’s prime ministers on back-to-back evenings.  After her dinner with William Gladstone, she thought he was the cleverest man in England.  But after dining with Benjamin Disraeli, she felt she was the cleverest woman in England!  Mark explains:

“The most interesting people on the planet are those who take the greatest interest in others.  That is the blessing of undivided attention, and no one was better at it than Jesus.”

Finally, Mark’s spiritual father, Dick Foth, says two types of people exist in the world:

  1. Those who walk into a room and internally announce, Here I am!  They believe the world revolves around them and barely squeeze their ego through the door.  Example: William Gladstone.
  2. Those who walk into a room with an outward focus, internally saying, There you are!  As a result, they check their egos at the door.  Example: Benjamin Disraeli.

Today’s question: What Bible verses most help you change your flipping attitude?  Please share.

Tomorrow’s blog: “The genius of generosity = grace”

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