The old adage goes ‘the only two guarantees in life are death and taxes’. I would argue that there are more than just those two, but next on my list would have to be work. Whether you are in business, a stay at home parent, sales, medicine or a teacher everyone works. Most of the time we get paid for our work, but that isn’t always the case. Is work really about being paid though? Often the answer is yes. We push through the work day and hope it goes by fast so we can go home and spend time doing the things we want with the people we want. That is one of the kickers for most of us and work, we don’t necessarily get to choose who we work with.
Now think about yourself.
Who in your life do you lead?
Do you enjoy leading them?
Perhaps the root of all of those questions is that innately you enjoy leading those around you is because you love them, want what is best for them and you desire them to learn and grow into what God has called them to. But what about those you work with? I bet that how you lead them, regardless of your titles, is correlated with what you think of them. What lens do you see them through? Are they the annoying person who asks too many questions? Perhaps they want to learn and grow so they ask questions for knowledge. You can use that thirst for growth to help cultivate them and lead them. But you have to make that mind shift. Or do you have a co-worker who you feel isn’t pulling their weight at work? How are you helping the situation? Perhaps they don’t know how to balance priorities or need some extra individual time and help. Hear me clearly in what I say next. I am not making excuses for them. I’m sure that thought just went through your head. What I am pressing you to consider is whether you have done or are doing all you can for them. Or are you letting them flounder alone?
Recently that has been my struggle at work. Am I doing all I can to help the team succeed? Am I dying to myself as Christ commands me to do while carrying my cross and burdens, or do I choose to be proud and focus inward?
Open your eyes. Look outside of yourself. Lend the hand that no one else will and take the risk. See what God can do for you and in you at your workplace. Look for the needs, the small inconsequential needs and I am sure you will see struggles turn into cooperation and battles into unity. Success may still not come, but O how much more you will enjoy going to ‘work’.
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