The Christian Public Servant – “Christian ways to help the team”

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September 7, 2017 – Thursday

Reading
1 Thessalonians 5:14(b)-15 [ERV] warn those who will not work. Encourage those who are afraid. Help those who are weak. Be patient with everyone. Be sure that no one pays back wrong for wrong. But always try to do what is good for each other and for all people.

Reflection
A friend called last night. She was having difficulties at work earlier in the day. Her team was given a task to be completed by the time they went home. The team agreed on the outcome, but it was hard to gain consensus on how to complete the project. You see, everyone had their own way of doing things, and the team found it hard to agree on which approach to take. For a while, the team wasn’t much of a team.

Scripture says a lot about teamwork. How to be supportive, and how to be nurturing. It even gives guidance on how to be corrective. Patience is key in finding Christian ways to help the team. Not that you should do someone’s job along with your own, but God can guide you in warning those who are not pulling their weight.

While it’s easy to get frustrated, my friend took a deep breath and remembered scripture. Then she prayed. She got the team to focus on the goal and the outcome of the project. She got the team to focus on what completing the project would mean to the people they were helping. She found Christian ways to help the team. Everyone had input, and everyone accepted specific tasks. And the project was completed well before the end of the day!

As you go to work today, remember it takes more than “just” prayer. It takes more than “just” scripture. You must find Christian ways to help the team complete projects. And finding His way to task completion is just as close as prayer and scripture!

Now, go do good for each other and for the people you serve.

Prayer
Dear Father, as I go about my workday, help me work in harmony with others and in harmony with You. I give You praise, Father, in all the accomplishments of the day. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen.

Arnekeya Fisher-Coleman
Client Benefit Specialist
CANOPY Children’s Solutions
Jackson, Mississippi USA
and MPA Candidate
Belhaven University
Jackson, Mississippi USA

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