God And My Emotions: Devotions From Time Of Grace

Energy drain

Are you sensitive to the moods and personalities of the people who surround you at work? Do the complainers and gripers and whiners suck energy out of your soul? Do you find it impossible to screen out people’s criticisms and rants? Does negativity always find you somehow?

Jesus has given you powerful armor for negativity. His gospel makes us all optimists. Rise above. Here is the soundtrack and theme music to run through your head and heart when you feel the energy drain: “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near” (Philippians 4:4,5).

You don’t have to take the negativity personally. You have God’s favor and Christ’s love and the Spirit’s indwelling with you wherever you go. You can recognize constant negativity for what it is--cries for help from a small person who feels overwhelmed, envious, bitter, and afraid. Your desk and phone and e-mails can be a steady source of positivity. People will notice. They may even ask why you are so cheerful all the time. You can tell them why your spirit rejoices.

Rise above. Perhaps you have been sent on a divine mission from God to that very office to make a difference.