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How You Think about Your Service

“I know your deeds, your love and faith, your service and perseverance, and that you are now doing more than you did at first.”

– Revelations 2:19

No matter how good or bad you are at serving, I will present four areas to examine over the next several days regarding your service. It doesn’t matter whether you are serving your children, grandchildren, school, neighbors, or anyone else. We begin with a reflection that may seem unrelated, what you think about becomes who you are. The Bible says plainly in Proverbs 3:7, “As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.” It’s written, and it’s true. A person’s life is defined by what he or she dwells on day and night. Everything you possess in life is a result of how you think.

So, the first thing we want to fix is our thinking. And here’s how it can affect your service. Oftentimes we are in our own thoughts, thinking about our spouse, colleagues, or the last disruption in our lives. Sometimes, after spinning our wheels for some time, our service comes with gritted teeth; the people we serve can feel this. And they ask, “Are you mad at me? Are you truly interested in assisting me? Should I pay you back? Would the service be better if I tipped them?”  

Friend, your attitude makes up 80% of your service. Renowned poet, author, and activist Maya Angelou stated, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” This implies that your attitude as you serve is a compilation of your thoughts when you’re not serving. God’s word teaches us to take every thought captive. Ensure you guard your thinking and lean towards loving, positive, and good thoughts.

Prayer


Father, I want my service to reflect your character, so please help me think correctly.

Reflection


When you serve others, do you consider your attitude?

If you’re unable to attend your local church or need some additional weekly inspiration, be sure to tune into Hour of Power online at hourofpower.org/episode.  

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2 Responses

  1. I appreciate the reminder that attitude is everything. People really do detect our attitude in our tone of voice or facial expression as we serve. They can tell if we are over extended or preoccupied with other things, such that our attitude, sours or becomes lack-luster. If we serve for the positive attitude, then others feel valued and loved.

  2. I think best that I can remember yesterday is now in the past, and plan for tomorrow as my future, but most of all what I do today is most important, because if I get everything done, I will feel much better then if I do not! That will make a good report on how I handled my life as well as shape my future? Bottom line is to do it today, because I cannot change the past, but I can change tomorrow by what I do today! Asking God to help me in all that I do is my motivator, He will keep reminding me of what still needs to be done, thanks be to God. Amen.

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