A friend of mine, Jason Cruise recently wrote a post that hit me right square in the eyes. He talked about how our tone and our mood affect everyone not only at home, but also at work.
I have personally struggled with this for a long time. I am a very process thinking kind of person, and sometimes when things are out of sorts it affects my attitude. I have prayed about my abrupt answers with my kids and my passiveness at work. I have prayed that I can have a joyful heart ALL of the time, not just when things are going well.
Yet as a Real Christian Businessman, I know that the only way I can overcome this is to ask the Lord to help me “set my mood” as Jason wrote. It is the only way for me (and you) to display our faith in a way that others will see that in us.
Particularly at work.
Do you ever find yourself thinking badly of others that are in a meeting you are in because they are “showboating” or trying to gain all of the glory and honor for a particular project you know that many were involved with?
Do you find yourself letting others bad habits at work and inconsistency in finishing things by deadlines ruin your mood and interactions?
I am here to encourage you today to take this to heart! Jesus had people around him all the time snickering under their breath, talking badly about him to his face, falling asleep while they were supposed to be on assignment (remember the disciples in the garden right before he was arrested?!? Matt 26:39-40), and yet he was patient, kind, and reassuring the whole time, even while calling people out for the very thoughts that they were thinking!
Ask yourself when you rise in the morning this week for God to “set your mood”.
I have been doing this over the course of the last week and it has made a difference for me – and I think it will make a difference for you as well.
“Because the Sovereign LORD helps me, I will not be disgraced…” Isaiah 50:7 NIV
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