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Keeping Calm

(Please read James 1:19-22 first.)

One true character quality I've found that many Christians in the workspace possess is the ability to keep calm. What possible benefit could be realized when a person, especially a manager, is angry or frustrated in the kitchen? Well, you might think more work will get done, but in the long run, when the manager starts losing his calm, he also loses his employees' respect. I am by no means saying that a manager shouldn't be firm with his/her employees, pushing them to do the best job at all times, but when somebody outwardly "loses it", they have gone too far. The great thing about being a Christian in all this is that you have God helping you. Yes, you do still have worries and stresses that need to be taken care of, but you also have an ever-present loving God helping you keep your head above ground.
After being Christian for a while now, I couldn't even imagine trying to take all things into my own hands, especially when I think of all the experiences I've had in the kitchen. And when I say experiences, I'm mainly focusing in on the managers with the extremely short fuses, for when you keep to the three C's (Calm, Cool, and Collected), the job itself really isn't all that bad. It's your REACTIONS to certain events that turn things for the worst. And like James says we should do, "get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you." James 1:21 (NIV).

By Ira Krizo

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