“Your attitude is like the aroma of your heart. If your attitude stinks, it means your heart’s not right.” -Coach Grant Taylor, from the movie ‘Facing the Giants”
One of the things I have learned over the past few years, is how much your attitude affects other people around you.
I work full time outside our church in the automotive industry. I manage a small 50 year old retail tire store, and I have 4 guys who work under me. Lately I have noticed, that if one of them comes in tired and with a bad attitude, eventually, they all feel that way.
Auto Mechanics are a different breed. They are hard working (usually underpaid) folks that typically work close to 50 hours a week to feed their families. They are very talented at what they do, but they often feel unappreciated. They get dirty every day, and often times, the work takes a physical toll on their bodies.
It’s an interesting trade off, being a Pastor, working in an auto shop. When I try to explain it to people, usually they don’t understand. Mostly because of the culture that most automotive repair facilities carry. To me however, it’s a blessing. I honestly can’t say I love my job, but I do believe that God has placed me there to do his work for “Such a time as this.”
In the book of Esther, God strategically placed Esther in the kings palace so she could be used to ask the king to spare the lives of the people Israel. Here is a little snippet from Esther chapter 4;
13 Mordecai sent this reply to Esther: “Don’t think for a moment that because you’re in the palace you will escape when all other Jews are killed. 14 If you keep quiet at a time like this, deliverance and relief for the Jews will arise from some other place, but you and your relatives will die. Who knows if perhaps you were made queen for just such a time as this?”
As you read along, you will see that Esther has a big Job to do. She has to go to the King, and specifically ask him to spare her people. she was terrified. But she knew what had to be done, and that she had been place there for that specific time by God.
That’s how I try to look at my work at the tire store. I may not be the greatest leader, but I try to be a guy that I would love to work for. I try to remember to greet my guys with the utmost respect when they come in every morning. I try to remember to thank them for a job well done, every time they turn in a ticket. I want them to see more of Jesus in me than anything else.
Sometimes I slip up, and sometimes I make mistakes. But the way I see it, If I can love them like Jesus would, perhaps I can help keep those bad attitudes from growing in the shop during the day.
If we act like Jesus on a daily basis, people will notice a difference in us right away. They will want to know what we have that they don’t. Then, we have an opportunity to share what is growing in our hearts.
I would encourage you to look for the opportunities God is giving you during your daily routine. Perhaps you could be the person to break the monotony or the stereotypes in your workplace.
You can do it.
Where has God placed you “For such a time as this?
What do you think?
Till next week,