February 28, 2017 – Tuesday
Proverbs 27:3 [ESV] Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; a stranger, and not your own lips.
1 Peter 3:10(b)-11 [ESV] let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit; let him turn away from evil and do good; let him speak peace and pursue it.
The workplace brings on competitive behaviors, but one behavior is rather dangerous: unbridled self-promotion. You know what happens. This kind of self-promotion undermines coworkers, oversteps boundaries, operates from a place of dishonesty, and manipulates others in order to get something or someplace. But what becomes even more dangerous is how Christians react to unbridled self-promotion. It’s easy to be quick to take off our spiritual glasses – to respond in our natural shades – in ways that may also be just as deceitful. It’s easy to forget that the spiritual lens He gives us renders perfect vision. It is this lens that keeps our sight firm in our witness to others in the workplace as we respond to the egos surrounding us.
As a Christian public servant, give pause when someone brags – even when bragging begins to undermine and overstep. Don’t respond in your natural shades – even when self-promotion becomes dishonest and manipulative. Instead ask, Who will you allow your response to reflect? And what lens will you choose to use – your own shades or the spiritual lens He gives you? Then keep your tongue civil – away from evil – and find a way to do good in your response. Find a way to do good for the self-promoter and for others. Do good for Him.
Today at work, carry the light of Christ so you know where you are walking. Wear the spiritual lens He gives so you can see what you are looking at. Let your response to self-promotion not add to deceit. Rather, let it show the character of the One who gives you that light of grace, favor, and strength. Your response will bring others – even that one who self-promotes constantly – onto the path of righteousness, goodness, and peace.
And, oh, what a better workday this will be!
Lord, I ask You to clean my spiritual lens today so I can see what You want me to see. So that I may not add to deceit and respond to others the way You want – not by my shades, but by Your lens. In Your Name, I pray. Amen.
LaShonda Garnes, MPA
Business Operations Manager
Public Works & Utilities
City of Wichita
Wichita, Kansas USA