Attitude for Difficult Times

Inarguably these are hard economic times with the attending short work week, reduced pay packet and layoffs.
Given these factors, many find themselves in a survival mode. And survival mode may not be all that bad, as it forces us to think and rethink our spending and our choice of items- whether a necessity or want. In short, an attitude check is necessitated by current conditions. By that I am referring to a way of thinking and feeling toward others or something. In fact, the editorial in an October 29, 2008’ edition of The Tribune, captioned, “Difficult times ahead,” speaks to this fact which still apply today in 2011. Taking the form of an interview with George Markantonis, president and managing director of Kerzners (Atlantis), a most salient point was made! Mr. Markantonis urged Bahamians to throw themselves “with devotion into the few customers who are coming here to these islands, and completely blow them away with friendliness and service.” He added that “we all have a responsibility now to set a service standard so high that those who really are traveling will want to come here again.” I thought what a remarkable idea! The following morning, I shared this article with the workers at Bahamas Conference Headquarters (now South Bahamas Conference), and challenged them to go the extra mile. In other words, don’t allow the switchboard telephone to ring more than twice; smile with everyone; be courteous and hospitable, and look for ways to help members, customers and fellow workers.

Service Oriented at Church
Each Lord’s Day scores of visitors attend our churches here in the Bahamas, Cayman, and in Turks and Caicos. How do we treat them? Do we seek ways to go the extra mile “blowing them away with friendliness and service”? These persons do not have to come to our churches; they choose to, and we should treat each one special. That may mean giving up my cherished seat, sharing my hymnal; assisting someone with parking and even giving up my parking spot. In short, it may inconvenience me and disturb my comfort. But isn’t the church service oriented? Christ said that He came “to serve and not to be served.” The same also applies to the way we treat each other as members. Considering that each person, rich or poor, black or white, educated or uneducated, is important, we serve with a smile.

Service Oriented Leaders
Taking this a step further, as a leader, do I take my assignment seriously? Do I prepare myself for my assignment as a Unit Leader, choir member, treasurer, PA system operator? What about the preaching –do I seek to hear and receive from God in order to impart for God? When do I come to church as elder and pastor? Going the extra mile may require that I attend church earlier than I do and even stay a little longer than I do, but not necessarily extending the church service. Service requires that we be considerate of others, but more so of God in allowing Him to fulfill His will and purpose through our lives.

Service Oriented at Home
Service or charity begins at home. I ought to be considerate of my spouse and children, going the extra mile ensuring that they feel special and loved. If we neglect to “blow them away with friendliness and service,” we may lose them and/or their support. Simply stated, let’s not take anyone for granted; and let me begin with you. Thanks for reading my weekly updates. It is because of persons like you that I write and have an audience. Have a great weekend!

Thought to Ponder
“Attitude is everything!
Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle." Unknown