When it comes to careers, attitude can be just as important as ability. You carry your attitude throughout the workday and display it to others. Your attitude is always on–it’s upfront, seen, and remembered.
Incorporate the following seven attitudes into your work-life and avoid their opposites. Demonstrating a Christ-like attitude to your co-workers is part of your witness in the workplace: Remember Philippians 2:5: “Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus.”
Composed not agitated. Jesus says in John 16:33, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” Jesus can help you with all of your career challenges. He has already overcome all of the troubles of the world. Jesus can prevent trouble, resolve trouble, and sustain you through any and all trouble.
Contented not greedy. Hebrews 13:5: “Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.’” Earning money and planning for your future are both good things. Money is spiritually neutral, but the “love of money” is not—it’s a deceitful master who is never satisfied.
Diligent not careless. Colossians 3:23: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.” Do your job with all your heart. Deliver quality results even if your boss or co-workers do not. Be active and industrious when others are lazy. Your exemplary job performance is a witness to others. Christians should be the best workers in every organization.
Generous not stingy. 1 Timothy 6:18: “Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share.” Share your time, knowledge, and resources with others in the workplace. Build people up rather than tear them down. God promises: if you give you will receive.
Grateful not critical. Colossians 3:17: “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” All honorable work is pleasing to God. Whether you are an executive, a business owner, or a laborer – it is all the same to God. He is more interested in your heart than your resume.
Humble not arrogant. Proverbs 22:4 “Humility and the fear of the Lord bring wealth and honor and life.” Humility is recognizing your dependence on God, and it has nothing to do with weakness or denying your God-given talents. Your humility exalts God and invites Him to intervene in your life in positive ways.
Upright not sneaky. Proverbs 11:23 “The desire of the righteous ends only in good, but the hope of the wicked only in wrath.” Do the right things for the right reasons and in the right ways. There will be no looking over your shoulder and nothing to hide. Enjoy the freedom of transparency in your dealings with others.
Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus.