“Do all things without grumbling or questioning, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain.”/Philippians 2:14-15
Met a guy today named Cassius, that had a big impact on my life and I pray Cassius can leave the same impact with you. I had went through my work day at the grocery store and everything inside of me wanted to complain and get upset that I even had to be there. My outlook on the day was extremely negative and I found myself just complaining, thinking I was better than the job I was doing.
Well after work I had to run an errand and grab some stuff from another store. I went through grabbed what I needed and took my unthankful mood with me. The cash register had guys bagging all the groceries and I noticed the guy that was bagging mine. He had a kind of a twitch and it was easy to recognize that he dealt with a handicap. The dude was killing it though despite the physical limitations he had. He was by far the fastest bagger in the store and when I went to take my buggy to my car, he said, “where we heading with these?” Being a guy who works in a grocery store, it’s not often the bagger takes your stuff out for you so I wasn’t used to this kind of service. He looked like he does this for everybody and even though I could’ve handled them just fine I couldn’t help but follow his lead. We got walking to the car and the more I talked to him, the more I could see the pure joy he had for his job. A few hours earlier I was complaining and being ungrateful for working a similar job and here this guy was not only working his tail off, but you could see how grateful he was to get to do this job. Every question I asked him about his job, I could hear the joy pouring out of his smiling face.
I was at a loss of words after eating that huge piece of humble pie but just from the little bit of time spent with him, I left that store much more grateful and felt so much more joy just from seeing his example and feeding off of his attitude. I honestly wanted to thank him because even though he probably didn’t know it, he changed the whole course of my day just from being around him. I didn’t know what else to do to show my appreciation than to find his name on his name-tag and shake his hand calling him by his name, “Cassius.”
Cassius helped me see that its not what job you have but if you work hard and treat it like you’re working for the Lord, with a joyful and thankful attitude then the job becomes what you make of it. The guy could have used his disabilities as an excuse but instead he was out there grinding and smiling, making the most of what he had. I complained and had a bad attitude about my job and guess what? It made my job suck but after seeing Cassius doing what he was doing with his disability, I could see how even though I’m perfectly healthy, my attitude was a disability in my work. When your attitude is like that of Cassius, your disabilities don’t matter, you just have the ability. The ability to use what God has given you and work as hard as you can to serve the people you’re around and being a huge blessing on people’s lives. I think we can all learn a lesson from Cassius’ book and stop letting our bad attitude disable us from working with a thankful and joyful heart that pours out to every person you come in contact with. It’s not about what you don’t have, its only about what you do have and working hard to make the most out of what God has given you. You’ll never know how much of a Cassius you can be and impact someone else’s life in a big way until you embrace your ability and forget your disability.