Attitude Check


I’m not big on reality TV, but there is one channel where I get taken in a bit. If you know me, than you know I love to cook, so of course I’m a Food Network fan! Over the years I’ve recorded favorite cooking shows and competitions. These are reality TV, but I have just considered them not so bad compared to others out there and I learn so much about something I enjoy so much… cooking.

However, there are a couple new shows that I have watched that do cross the line for me. One is called Restaurant Stakeout and while the motive is ultimately good, there is just way too much negative going on before we ever get to the positive side of things.

They basically set up cameras all over a struggling restaurant to see what is happening when the owners are not around and there is always trouble. The several, 8 or 10 or more episodes, that I’ve watched revolve around employees being poorly trained or having a bad attitude for one reason or another and they take it out on the customers or the restaurant owners by not being quality employees. In the end everyone is confronted, including the owners, as to what their part is in this failing restaurant and what they need to do to turn things back around. And the alternative to being a stand-up team player is to just get out.

Sometimes I feel a little for those people, because, well I was a waitress long, long ago, but mostly because we’re all guilty of having a stinky attitude at times. And we’re most likely to let it all out when the “boss” isn’t looking. I’ve thought a lot about my own attitude in my home. When my husband-boss isn’t looking… it’s not always grand. And often enough when my kids are looking… it is out of control.

What impresses the deepest into my heart is the truth that it’s kind of like a “Restaurant Stakeout,” in my life all the time… because God sees all things. And there are no cameras needed when the corrupt attitude of my heart comes bubbling-out, like a pot of water boiling-over, through my words and actions… He’s watching. 

I love reminders like Chuck Swindoll’s above that support God’s great Word below because they demand an instant Attitude Check… and I need that. 

“Do nothing out of rivalry or conceit, but in humility consider others as more important than yourselves. Everyone should look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. Make your own attitude that of Christ Jesus,” 

Philippians 2:3-5 


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I pray that my attitude would be more reflective of Christ. This verse was in my study time this morning. When we act of this verse we bring glory to the One we so desire to please the most. I want the Spirit to win over my attitude, not my flesh! Sometimes those reality shows (not the cooking ones) make me have a bad attitude!

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