Don’t let your attitude go in the toilet…

I am playing plumber today.  Changing faucets, replacing toilets, fixing pipes and hoping I don’t discover other problems as I dig around the pipes and cabinets.  So far, I have found a few.  In case you did not know, my house was built in 1908.  That’s right, it is over 100 years old.  In 1937 our house was moved from Rocklin California to Roseville California and the big remodel took place in 1949 when they took the attic and made it an upstairs with a 6 feet 11 inch ceiling.  Can you say Hobbit Town? (right about now some of you are thinking of short jokes… STOP!

Can I confess something?  I love serving my wife by fixing things and making improvements, but plumbing is at the bottom of the list of things I ever want to do.   There is just not enough rooms for this body of mine where there are pipes and cabinets and it never fails that the pipe that came off what I bought in the 21st century does not fit the pipe from earlier days.  This requires an extra 23 trips to Home Depot for the elbow that bends both ways at the same time while remaining stationary for the tubing that fastens with gum and toothpicks, taped by a combination of blue tape and super glue.   So wanna guess what is this blog about?  Besides my ineptness as a plumber, it is about keeping my attitude out of the toilet while I fix one.  Here are a few quotes I thought I would share before I go back and install my toilet.

  • “I may not always be able to change my circumstances but I can always change my attitude.
  • “The moment I give someone power over my attitude, they control almost every part of my life.”
  • “An excellent attitude fuels your soul with hope and a hope fueled soul is one of the most important ingredients to living a resilient life.”
  • “When making a list of qualities for those you choose as friends, their attitude should be near the top of the list.”
  • “An outstanding attitude not only helps you overcome difficult obstacles, it will give you the edge over more talented opponents.”
  • “When building teams, always choose attitude over skill; you can train people and raise their skill but you cannot force someone to improve their attitude.”
  • “Attitudes are habitual.  We can improve them for life if we are willing to develop the habit of a positive attitude.”
  • Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Philippians 4:8

There you go, “attitude quotes” that ramble around in my head as I install toilets.  The last quote is one of my favorite “attitude adjustment” verses from the bible.   Here is why this matters so much.  Very rarely is an organization or individual undone by a lack of skill, but many suffer “Death by Attitude”.  The faith of countless Christ followers has suffered “Death by Attitude.”   Every day, marriages and families are experiencing “Death by Attitude” and the sad part of all of this, we are the ones who control our attitude.

So in the midst of my plumbing adventure, I am choosing  not to let my attitude go int the toilet.   Not because it is going incredibly well but because it always goes so much worse when I do.  That’s all for today,  Off… we go now.

~ by OFF we go now on November 13, 2010.

2 Responses to “Don’t let your attitude go in the toilet…”

  1. Fight that Stinkin’ Thinkin’, Leonard. If there’s someone in the Church who could bless this busy, fruitful, amazing pastor and wife by doing these kind of jobs for him, sound off! He’s a shepherd, not a plumber! The less time he spends in the drain, the more time he can spend with his family, the Church Family, and His Lord. Who will be the first plumber/handyman who can get over there and fix that thing?

  2. […] Can I confess something?  I love serving my wife by fixing things and making improvements, but plumbing is at the bottom of the list of things I ever want to do.   There is just not enough rooms for this body of mine where there are pipes and cabinets and it never fails that the pipe that came off what I bought in the 21st century does not fit the pipe from earlier days.  This requires an extra 23 trips to Home Depot for the elbow that bends both ways at the same time while remaining stationary for the tubing that fastens with gum and toothpicks, taped by a combination of blue tape and super glue.   So wanna guess what is this blog about?  Besides my ineptness as a plumber, it is about keeping my attitude out of the toilet while I fix one.  Here are a few quotes I thought I would share before I go back and install my toilet. Read those quotes at PASTOR LEONARD […]

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