The Christian Public Servant – “as bad as the bully”

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September 5, 2017 – Tuesday

Reading
Proverbs 14:29, 33 [NIV] Whoever is patient has great understanding, but one who is quick-tempered displays folly… Wisdom reposes in the heart of the discerning and even among fools she lets herself be know.

Reflection
A friend works in a dreadful environment. Her supervisor is a bully, and she is his current target. The stress. The fear. Constant tension. All that plays against her patience and wisdom.

Sadly, there are many workplaces captured by bullies. Oppression. Yelling. Ridiculing. Threatening. That kind of workplace culture requires tremendous patience because it’s all too easy to allow fear to turn into outrage and stress to turn into retaliation. If you don’t watch it, you can become as bad as the bully.

Like my friend, if you work in such an environment, you need a calm heart and a steady mind to demonstrate confidence in God’s intervention. Character of confidence is a trust in God’s immediate presence in your “now,” moment by moment, from one tense situation to the next.

Do you not think Jesus sees the bully? Do you not think Jesus sees you? Have patience and wisdom in responding so He doesn’t see you being as bad as the bully.

As I told my friend, Jesus does not want victims to be hurt – physically or emotionally. They need to take appropriate steps to stop the bullying. But they also need to keep trusting in Him to combat the temptation of displaying rage for rage and matching emotion for emotion.

At work today, seek protection from the bully. And remember, be patient and wise. Know that Jesus also sees the bully, and He also sees you. Don’t let Him see you being as bad as the bully. That kind of folly does not belong in your heart.

Prayer
Lord, give me strength to be like You in all situations at work today. In Your name, I pray. Amen.

Chris Summers
Chaplain
W.C. Holman Correctional Facility
Alabama Department of Corrections
Atmore, Alabama USA

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