Written By: Judith Bell
Several weeks ago the office equipment company sent a repairman to install a new copier. He was here for over an hour; moving, installing, calibrating and whatever else it is that comes with new copier installation. I admit that he was moving at a snail’s pace, but for reasons I’ll never try to understand, Christol was at her wit’s end with the guy. Not everyone is in agreement about what really happened between Christol and the repairman, but everyone is in agreement that both needed a spirit adjustment. Following is my version of the story and since I’m the one writing it…
I was in my office going about my business when the guy stuck his head in and asked if he could install the printer option on my computer. I said sure and took the time to visit the ladies room. As I was exiting the stall, I looked up to see Christol’s head peeping through the bathroom door. She had followed me to the bathroom and was adamant I go “talk to that man right now!” I did as directed and in the end the copier was installed and all was well in Christol’s world.
Several weeks passed and unfortunately there was an issue with the copier. I knew from the beginning it was going to end badly. There was little doubt straws were drawn at the office equipment company to determine which repairman would be dispatched to take care of the problem. Woe be unto him because Christol was primed for bear and woe be unto me since I made the mistake of asking about the copier. After a five minute monologue about the attitude of the service representative, I decided to back out of the conversation but couldn’t resist the parting shot; “It sounds like you need a spirit adjustment.” I figured she deserved it since she was always telling me to “feel it in my spirit” or asking me “what does your spirit tell you?”
Charles Swindoll, Christian author, has an insightful perspective on attitude: “The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness, or skill. It will make or break a company…a church…a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one strength we have; and that is our attitude…I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.”
Every now and then something happens that makes me pause, take a moment (in some cases more than one) and adjust my spirit. Spirit adjustments are nothing short of remarkable. It is in the calm of that moment I realize that no matter how irritated God might be with me, he never lets that irritation interfere with his love for me. Spirit attitude comes from within. We are challenged each day to look within to find the presence of Christ. Jeremiah reminds us that the Lord’s love is great and that His compassions never fail (Lamentations 3:22-26). The more we personally experience God’s faithfulness the greater we’ll maintain an attitude from within.
Originally written 5/10/11 and revised 1/27/14