The company I work for rolled out some value statements to guide our daily interaction with our clientele. One of them states simply that we will do the right thing because it’s the right thing to do. James takes this principle one step further, saying, “If you know the right thing to do and don’t do it, that, for you, is evil” (James 4:17, The Message). As followers of Christ, there really is no need for further motivation to choose right.
I recently received a promotion at my place of employment. Many factors played into this honor, but my manager paid me the highest compliment when he emailed me to congratulate me on my new position. In that email, he thanked me for serving the other members of my unit. The manager that hired me for my new position told me that I had quickly developed an outstanding reputation among the management team of my old area.
This wasn’t due to a lot of schmoozing. Frankly, I’m not a very good corporate “yes man.” I simply committed myself to two things: loving God and loving people. Loving God by performing my job with the utmost of passion and integrity and loving the people I work with by making sure they knew I was on their side and was committed to being a positive, contributing influence to the success of the organization.
Prayer: God, may each person I work with encounter you today. Fill me with your love so that I can love others. Bless my coworkers with success. Bless my managers with peace. Bless my customers with prosperity. May we work together for your purposes in the world. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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