August 24, 2016 – Wednesday
Titus 2:7(a) [NIV] In everything set them an example by doing what is good.
Proverbs 13:3 [NIV] Those who guard their lips preserve their lives, but those who speak rashly will come to ruin.
In any workplace, there’s a temptation to gather around the water-cooler and talk about things unrelated to work. The game last night. That TV series. Office gossip. Many people do it while they are not even on break – you can hear them talk outside of your cubicle.
When you hear them talk, don’t fall into the trap. Don’t join in, but stay focused on your work. It’s not lunch time yet; it’s not even break time. Set an example for others. Work hard despite others. Don’t gossip with others. And do all this for His sake, not yours. Accept it with a glad heart, so that your supervisor can see the Holy Spirit working in you.
Today at work, follow the same advice Paul gave Titus. When you hear them talk, set a higher example.
Today oh Lord, give me strength to do Your will. Give me strength to do what You expect of me. Make me diligent in my work, producing the best I can. When extra work comes my way, prevent my tongue from saying anything that is not helpful. Let me be Your example – especially when I hear them talk. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen.
John F. Long, Jr., ETC, USCG, RET.
United States Coast Guard
Baltimore, Maryland USA