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Be-Attitudes for Believers

Our culture is filled with messages and ideologies competing for our attention. As Christians, we have the opportunity and responsibility to discern what is of true and lasting value. This series of 10 monthly articles explores some of what the Bible has to say to shape our attitudes and our way of being in the world. 

Catherine Upchurch, general editor of the Little Rock Catholic Study Bible and contributor to several biblical publications, writes from Fort Smith.

 

Choose the simple route of singular devotion

By Catherine Upchurch, Published: May 7, 2021   

In our era it is quite common to hear conversations about multi-tasking. We sometimes wear it as a badge of honor that we are able to juggle multiple projects or tasks at home or at work. We regularly catch ourselves watching television and simultaneously catching up with social media on our phones or other devices. Occasionally this ability to do many things at once is necessary, but sometimes it is simply a reaction to perceived pressure. More... 

Learning to listen as God listens

By Catherine Upchurch, Published: April 8, 2021   

In the popular television show “Frasier,” now seen only in reruns and streaming, a therapist moves from Boston to Seattle and becomes a radio personality. His clients/patients call in to the show for advice on all manner of things. Frasier begins each call with the soothing sound of “I’m listening,” except that many times he decidedly is not. He’s distracted by his own issues, or mentally planning a date night or bantering with his show’s More... 

Nurture an Awareness of God’s Presence

By Catherine Upchurch, Published: March 11, 2021   

The first time I ever met with a spiritual director, she posed a two-part question: In what circumstances do you most often find yourself aware of God’s presence? Or, even aware of your need for God’s presence? I’ve discovered that spirituality, living in a way that is tuned to God’s spirit, is very much connected to an attitude and a disposition of awareness or attentiveness. Consider the story of Jacob in Genesis 27?28. On the run More... 

Take on the same attitude as Christ Jesus

By Catherine Upchurch, Published: February 11, 2021   

On a recent visit to my niece’s home, her 2-year-old son became fussy and disgruntled. After several attempts to calm him down, my niece looked him straight in his eyes and said very calmly, “Thomas, I think it’s time you go to your room and adjust your attitude. You can come back and play when you find a new attitude.” He wasn’t happy about it, but he went straight to his room and in just More...