How can you improve your attitude about unpleasant situations in your life?
I learned an early lesson in life from my parents as it pertained to my chores. As I grew older as a child (and as the oldest of four kids) I was given various tasks around the house that taught me the value of hard work. Regardless of the effort required, I was expected to do the best job I could, on time, and to the approval of my stay-at-home mom, all for my weekly allowance, or in some cases, just for the satisfaction of a job well done.
Later in life, I had other jobs where I was expected to be on time, work hard, have a good attitude, and in most cases I received minimum wages. Looking back, these were not jobs I would naturally rush out the door for, but they served a purpose in my overall development, and taught me the value of a hard day’s work for a hard earned wage.
Credit goes to my parents for instilling and reinforcing not only a good work ethic, but an attitude ethic. I learned to cut the grass the way my dad expected it; to wash and dry dishes the way my mom expected it to be done; to taking care of the trash each week without being reminded. There no wiggle room for half-hearted efforts with under-my-breath comments such as, “I can’t wait for this to be over, because I really despise this…”
Read Colossians 3:23.
When I started to read the New Testament for myself, it was uncanny how the Gospels and Epistles (i.e., letters) reflected so many things my parent practiced and taught my siblings and me. One example was the importance of attitude in honoring my parents and ultimately God. My parents expected that whatever I did, I should do my best, and that would satisfy them. They said I was made for doing things well, so why not strive to do it well from the start?
God expects that we honor Him in all we do (Colossians 3:23). The apostle Paul wrote that statement to early Christians in a town called Colosse as a way to highlight a perspective on how to live and work in the first century Roman world. Paul wrote to the Thessalonian Christians to, “Be joyful always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).
So how is your attitude? Does your day at school and/or work drag on because it is filled with work that you detest? Do you grumble and groan when a professor or employer assigns a project to work on over the weekend? A thankful attitude can lighten the load.
Try thanking the Lord for what He has done for you lately. What about the project you finished and handed in? Or the project approval your team received? Was your first thought, “Gee, thanks God, for the chance to do well and use my gift(s)?”
Serve globally. Focus on God’s blessings with an attitude of thankfulness to Him. Hard work + a good attitude is a better alternative than slothfulness and grouchiness. From the campus to the marketplace, our work and chores can be a whole lot more bearable. It’s because of an old time adage that gratitude turns drudgery into delight.
Love is a verb,
©2018 by Mike Olejarz