Sorry for missing the past two weeks. We’ve been going through some craziness in our lives and home. This will be the last official reprint A Farmer’s Look at Faith. We can’t find anymore in Hubby’s files. Hubby has graciously decided to share his thoughts once in a while for future A Farmer’s Look at Faith. Stay tuned =D
written in January 2006 by Hubby
“Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 2:5
I quit my job as a lawn care specialist. When I told my manager, he was disappointed, but he did have some kind words for me. During my tenure I considered my honesty and my strong work ethic as my value to this company. I expected that, if he were to say anything kind, he would comment on these things, but he did not. Instead, he surprised me and said he would miss my positive attitude.
I do no usually consider a positive attitude as one of my strong points, especially during my time as a lawn care specialist. There have been many occasions for having a negative attitude — broken equipment, lack of materials, uncooperative weather, rude customers, and getting lost. Many times I allowed these forces to get the better of me, and thus my attitude became negative.
Sometimes I would curse under my breath, or I might throw a bag of fertilizer against the wall (it takes a lot of anger to throw a 50-pound bag of fertilizer). Other times I would drive my truck a little too fast to burn off the frustration. Then I would confess my lack of self-control to God and He would help me eventually regain my calm.
That is why I was surprised to hear my manager say he would miss my positive attitude. If he could only look inside my heart during these times of anger, would he think differently? But after some time of reflection, I wonder now if I take my relationship with Christ for granted. I wonder if I have failed to give God the glory He deserves for helping me through the less-than-perfect circumstances in my life.
Paul writes in Philippians 2:5, “Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus.” I do try. I try to keep in mind what is important in life, to set my priorities in line with Christ. I try to keep in mind what is important in life, to set my priorities in line with Christ. I try to serve my customers as Christ would serve them. I try to do the best I can in my work as Christ would. It’s not always easy, and it doesn’t always happen. But when I tray the Holy Spirit keeps bringing me back to the question, “What would Jesus do?” And for that I am thankful.
If my manager saw a glimpse of Christ in my attitude. I must say that God is good. Because nothing I could have done by my own power would have warranted such a compliment as I received. Does the attitude of Christ shine forth in your life?