July 13, 2017 – Thursday
Colossians 4:12(b), 14 [HCSB] put on heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, accepting one another and forgiving one another if anyone has a complaint against another… Above all, put on love—the perfect bond of unity.
Ah, in my part of the world, it’s summer time!
In a perfect world, this is the season when friends get together for picnics, outdoor events, and quiet dinners at outdoor cafés. But I’m finding spending too much time with other people is creating tensions. Long past arguments and grudges resurface, new arguments emerge, and all arguments seem to come as dessert with the topping of gossip and back-handed complements.
Even the most beautiful summer evening can be ruined when “that person” shows up. And in my country, for whatever reasons, “that person” seems to populate this summer!
If you and I are not at peace and showing love to those closest to us, how can we ever expect to bravely undergo the trials and tribulations of interacting with those found in the workplace?
Wherever you live and regardless of season, reestablishing the bonds of love with others. As Christian public servants, community must be the foundation of all your interactions. That community must be built on love, honesty, and support. Then throughout the rest of the year, you will not feel so distant from others. And feeling distant is easiest in the workplace.
Today at work, renew those decaying bonds around you. A community of love — the perfect bond of unity — is a blessing on or off work, and in every season!
Dear Lord, thank You for blessing me with communities of love – with friends, family, and coworkers. Regardless of the season, help me be thankful for these communities throughout the entire year – just as I am grateful for the bond of unity I have with You for eternity. In Your name, I pray. Amen.
Joshua Nierle, M.A.
Robertson School of Government
Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA