It’s How You Do It
The resealable bag worked on my patience. I repeatedly pinched the top closed with my fingers from end to end of the bag, but it still popped open. Thinking I didn’t have the grooves of the seal aligned, I looked to the inside, pinched the top again, and ran my fingers to the end of the bag. No seal! Ready to throw the bag and contents away, I pressed the seal in the middle and ran my fingers to opposite ends simultaneously. It sealed! The old saying, “It’s not what you do, it’s how you do it” came to mind.
This saying is so applicable to our life, particularly our attitude. A good deed done with a bad attitude may get the job done. But, the bad attitude may leave behind hurt that overshadows the good deed, and like the bag that won’t reseal, it is useless.
Christ understood that our attitude makes the difference. The scripture says that in all that we do, we should do it “heartily” as unto the Lord and not to men (Col 3:23). Our Lord knew that there are times when what we have to do doesn’t bring us joy. In these cases, He told us to do it joyfully as we’d do it for Him. He knew that we could influence others if we are considerate in how we do what we do.
Galatians 6:10 says that as we have opportunity, we should do good to all men, especially those of our faith. Hebrews 10:24 says, “And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and good works.”
We can be the influence for good. As you go to your job, talk with your neighbors, prepare meals for your family, or work at the church, remember that how we do what we do matters as much as what we do.