The Power of One Word

I have to go to work today.

I remember when I was in seminary back in the 80’s.  I worked at Glendale Federal Savings on Brand Blvd. in Glendale.  I was a “Customer Service Representative,” more commonly known as a “teller.”  I remember thinking what a consummate waste of time I thought it was because I was preparing for work that was much more substantive, that is, pastoral ministry.  I told myself:  “I could be studying the  Bible right now, but no, I have to be here listening to people complain about their money.”

Fast forward ten years, now I am working in ministry, and guess what?  I found myself still complaining about my lot:  “I have to go to work today.”  I was now in the idyllic future place of doing what I “wanted” to do, but one word caused me to move back to the bank.  This realization made me change one word and with that one word change my outlook not only on work, but every day I was alive.

I get to go to work today.

Just that one word change has the power to change my attitude, energy level, motivation and happiness.  One word pushes me up or drags me down.  Change one word.

Every day is a good day.  Every day is given to me from God.  Every day I get to….you fill in the blank.

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