One’s Attitude And Energy Can Affect Relationships And Employment

Having recently watched the 2012 Olympics reminds me of a lesson I learned coaching young athletes.  Those who train, practice and play the game with everything they’ve got, tire.  Athletes do not have an endless supply of energy.  Players who have heeded their coaches’ training know how to manage their energy—how to balance physical training and practice with good nutrition and rest—and will invariably have an edge on game day, in gymnastics or at a track meet.

But the need to manage one’s energy is not limited to athletes.  When we get tired, we need to rest and recharge.  Today’s workplace can be brutal on one’s physical, mental and emotional stamina.  Many professions require employees to work a minimum of fifty hours a week.  The higher you climb the corporate ladder, the greater number of hours you’re expected to clock in.  Yet, you are expected to be professional at all times, not lacking in creativity, productivity and efficiency.  A demanding career or job can drain our energy levels, so we must learn to manage this precious resource.

One of the things that helped improve my attitude and energy was when I accepted that I worked for Christ first, then the company.  Fulfilling the requirements of my job wasn’t always easy, but making Christ my boss took away most of the pressure.  Pressure, next to physical health, can sap our energy quickly.  By accessing my advantage of being under the Holy Spirit’s control and keeping my focusing on Christ, I was working for someone who not only loved me, but also knew I was doing my best.  However, that did not give me a free pass.  He expected me to adequately prepare, make moral decisions and treat employees fairly and justly.  I was able to draw strength and energy from Him to do what He required of me.  I learned not to expect what I did not inspect.  In other words, when I issued a directive, I also followed up to ensure I got the results I needed.

Climbing the ladder of success, people sometimes find themselves between joy and terror—the joy of accomplishment and the terror of failing.  This is the kind of energy that eats holes in the stomach and brings on chest pains.

I have handled cheating employees, shoplifters, thieves, frauds and various hostile acts of nature, such as high winds, water damage and power failures.  But because the Holy Spirit is my partner, I’ve not had to handle any of these situations alone.  He is with me when a bandit aims a six-shooter at me.  He is with me when the roof caves in and when the stock market crashes.  It’s the difference between crouching in a foxhole and scared or sitting in it with the Joint Chief of Staff beside you.

I John 5:14 – 15 – “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.  And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.”

Naturally, this is a conditional promise.  It requires that we are a child of God and it is God’s will.  But doesn’t Scripture state that God’s Spirit is with us to comfort, council and give us power to do things that requires His help?

An unhappy family life can also drain one’s energy and change an attitude.  We can’t leave this subject of attitude and energy management until we’ve addressed this problem that is robbing strength from our nation’s families, both Christians and non-Christian.  We talk about the importance of being energized in the workplace, but nothing can be more important than having a happy family to keep our batteries charged and having a positive Christian attitude.

Women play a special role in God’s plan.  Probably more people have come to believe in God through the witness of mothers and wives than by any other means.  God created man to be responsible for the care and provision of his family.  He created woman to be man’s support, to encourage and respect her husband and to hold the family together.  When the Bible says women are to be submissive to their husbands, it means nothing more than accepting the role in the family God gave them.  It means being thoughtful and considerate to her husband.  A praying mother or wife has a tremendous spiritual influence on her family.

Naturally, fathers have a responsibility to their families, but let me address mothers.  You have a tremendous affect on your family.  In fact, you can create monsters or saints, or maybe somewhere in between.  “The Hand That Rocks the Cradle is the Hand That Rules the World” is a poem by William Ross Wallace that praises motherhood as the preeminent force for change in the world.  That is the power of your influence.

Scripture tells husbands they must love their wives as Christ loved the church.  That may require putting his wife’s needs above his own.  She is to be honored, protected, given security, treated as a partner and respected.  He must relate to her with courtesy, consideration, insight and tact.  The Apostle Peter says if you don’t, your prayers will be hindered (see 1 Peter 3:7).

Our Christian advantage in the workplace and family relationships has everything to do with being energized, spiritually and physically, for the tasks before us.  If you are continually struggling with a lack of energy, assess your workplace and family situation.  Our attitude and energy affects those with whom we work and our household.  If our family life and work are enjoyable it gives us added energy and a good attitude.  Attitude and energy also comes from a good relationship with God.

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