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 necessary 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 Wednesday’s Tribune, October 29, 2012 captioned “Difficult Times Ahead,” speaks to this fact. 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 a group of workers, challenging 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 in the Bahamas, Cayman and the Turks and Caicos Islands. 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 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 each person, rich or poor, black or white, educated or uneducated, is important.

Service Oriented Leaders

Taking this a step farther- 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, as an elder or pastor, do I come to church? 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 to ensure 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 update. It is because of persons like you that I write and have an audience. Have a great weekend!