WF Pride: Positive Attitude and Passion for Life and Work

WF Pride

Positive Attitude and Passion for Life and Work

Chad Cottingham

The rain and snow whipped in our faces as the winds blew. Temperatures were dropping and we were soaking wet. The conditions couldn’t be much worse for pheasant hunting. The dog struggled to locate birds, the birds did not want to fly in the 20 mph winds, and we struggled to walk through the thick, drenched field grass. If there was a perfect time to be negative this was it.

But as I listened to my friend say over and over how awesome this was, what a great hunt it was, I couldn’t help but stay positive and upbeat. I watched him interact with his father, as well as teach his young son about hunting. I saw the excitement in my own sons’ eyes as he shot game birds. Seeing our guide work his dog and the connection they shared was amazing. My friend was right. This was awesome – despite the conditions, despite the cold, despite the wet snow, despite the high winds – this was awesome!

How do you respond in bad conditions? Is your glass half-full or half-empty when the storms of life challenge you? It’s easy to stay positive when things are good. But do you remain positive when things are not? Or is your first response a negative one? What’s your attitude going to be today?

In the book of Romans, the Apostle Paul reminds us of a few things that should impact our lives. Romans 12:2 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of the world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Romans 12:12 Be glad for all God is planning for you. Be patient in trouble, and always be prayerful.

“Dear Lord, please help us to have a positive attitude in all situations both good and bad. Help us change the way we think – to know that your plans are perfect – and transform us to be more like you. It’s in Jesus name we pray, Amen.”