Romans 12:9-10 9 Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. 10 Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.
This past week, we had our house painted. It was long overdue as the paint was peeling in parts, faded, and just looking rather dingy. Actually, it was a little embarrassing, as most everyone could see the house needed some paint. Having finally saved up enough to cover the job, we sought recommendations and painters who could do all the extras needed.
Out of the number of companies and painters we looked into, one came over with a bit of a hurried air about him. At each turn of the house, he kept mentioning how difficult it would be and what work I would need to do so he could paint (move things, purchase things, prepare things). His attitude that this job was problematic and his expressions (he said numerous times, “Oh that’s going to be difficult!” “That’s going to be a lot of work.”) had me feel this job was overwhelming. It made me question whether this was a technique to soften me to a higher bid, but it also caused a question in wondering if this was just too much for him, or if he really wanted the job. As well, I was a bit overwhelmed with all the things I had to do if we chose to go with him. His bid was fair and his prior work came with high recommendations, but his attitude of how much work this would be did not sit well with me.
The next painter was happy to meet us, had a huge smile on his face, and at each turn of the house kept asking my wife what she wanted and telling us that we did not have to do a thing! He even suggested a few other ideas that my wife might also like, that would make more work for him, things he said he would do at no charge! He said that moving things and doing these extras were his job and said, “I am happy to do it!” His bid was also fair, but he kept throwing in things for free! His attitude made all the difference and we went with him. The week was amazing. He moved things with care, worked hard, and all his crew was friendly and intent on doing an excellent job. They were obviously having fun. What a joy!! The house looks great. My wife is ecstatic, and we are even going to give him a well-deserved tip (and still be under our budget!!). He has blessed us and we want to bless him.
God also used this experience to challenge me with the truth that our attitude makes a difference! This painter won the bid because of his positive, can-do, helpful attitude. His kind demeanor set my wife at ease, and the way he listened to her and let her process through the changes was just what she needed. She even asked if he could fix something that was not his problem and before you know it was done with a smile. His attitude made a difference. Attitude is a choice. Now, sure, our environment makes it easy or difficult to choose our attitude, but we do have the power to change our attitude. God even challenges us to choose a good attitude.
Philippians 2:14-15 14 Do all things without grumbling or disputing, 15 that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world
Philippians 4:8-9 8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. 9 What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me-practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.
Colossians 3:23 Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.
As we chose a kind, nice, encouraging, helpful, loving attitude, it makes a difference.
Proverbs 17:22 A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
Our attitudes can truly lift others spirits, encourage, and even bring healing. What good, positive attitudes could you choose today?
Church can be a place where we recalibrate our attitudes. If you don’t already have a church you attend regularly, we would like to invite you to Cypress Church or any of our branch churches. Our website has all the information you would need www.cypresschurch.net. We would love to connect with you.