Do you love what you do for a living? I love asking that question because it is met with responses all over the spectrum. Our jobs are not our identity, but they do make up a big part of our lives. For many of us, especially those of us who love to achieve, our job can take precedence over serving and caring for others. It’s easy to get into the mindset of, “As long as the task is done well, I’m not concerned about who I had to hurt to get it done.” For those of you in the business world, it usually reads like this, “As long as we hit our quota or bottom dollar, I don’t care how we get it done.” To put it simply, a lot of us get so caught up in success that we don’t care who we hurt or what we have to do to reach our goals.
Maybe you’ve been on the receiving end of someone who is trying to further their career and didn’t care that they hurt you to get there. Maybe you’re the person who hurts others to get what you want. Regardless of where you fall, you know the workplace can get messy. As we learned in Scott’s message this week, revenge is not the way of Jesus. As followers of Christ, we are called to bring hope and light everywhere we go. What if you used the rest of this work week to build others up, serve your co-workers, and release the resentment towards any co-workers you might have stored up?
Instead of giving a co-worker, boss, or employee what they deserve this week, let’s choose to give grace, train, coach, lead, or listen in order to love our brother or sister well.
Here are a few quick questions for us to take inventory of our work week: What would change if I cared more about others than myself in my workplace this week? Are my career goals keeping me from being able to treat others as I would like to be treated? Would I be more joyful if I was the person at work that I try to be when I’m outside the office? Is there anyone at work I feel animosity towards? How can I remedy that in a healthy way?