A couple weeks ago, I was at my regular coffee shop talking to the barista. After I ordered, she said, “If it gets busy in here, your food could take a little longer because I’m the only one here right now.” I told her that was no problem and empathized with her being the only one working during a busy morning shift. Her response surprised me. She said, “It’s okay, I kind of like it. I like a challenge.” I was a little stunned by her positivity – and lack of complaining.
I told her that she had an amazing attitude and that I don’t know if I would have been so good about it. I walked away thinking how much I want to have an outlook of “It’s okay, I like a challenge.”
I also thought to myself, “I bet her boss loves her.” Wouldn’t it be awesome if all employees rose to the occasion rather than complained? I bet her co-workers love working with her. She was ready to work hard. She didn’t feel like anyone owed her anything. She was up for the challenge. She wanted to see if she could take orders, make drinks, and make food – by herself. What an awesome attitude.
That experience convicted me – I am not naturally one to see situations I encounter as a good challenge. I usually feel sorry for myself and wallow in complaining. It’s kind of satisfying to have a bone to pick. But, I want to be different!
Psalm 139:23-24 –
Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting
Romans 12:9-10 –
Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.
Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.
Thank you, Lord, for showing me where I need to grow and I pray that you’d help me to have an attitude that honors you. Help me to see challenges as opportunities!