The Christian Public Servant – “a peacemaker at work”


October 2, 2017 – Monday

Matthew 5:9 [NIV] Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.

Coming out of Sunday school yesterday, my cousin pulled me over to vent about her employees. She is the CEO of a small nonprofit, and it seems some of her employees keep asking for advancements in their pay checks. It got to the point that, last Friday, she blew up. In the harshest of tones, she informed them that it just wasn’t appropriate for them always to ask for advancements.

Now, I was shocked to hear such a harsh tone from my cousin who is always the godliest person I know. And she seemed to forget that most of her employees make just a little above minimum wage, and that they are mostly single parents. They are just trying to make ends meet.

And so, I reminded her of all this. I also told her that Jesus expects her to be a peacemaker at work. I encouraged her to apologize first, and then begin a conversation about advancements and money management.

Well, she did just that. Today she apologized for her tone, and a conversation ensued that benefited all at the table – including my cousin. She became a peacemaker at work!

Jesus expects you to be a peacemaker at work today. That doesn’t mean caving in to whims. But it does mean you must try to find a way to satisfy needs. It means your employees and coworkers should know you as a child of God.

Dear God, thank You for expecting me to resolve issues at work. Guide my thoughts and my tongue, Father, so I may be called one of Your children. In Jesus’ name, I pray! Amen.

Renata Rankin
Disability Adjudicator
MS Disability Rights
Jackson, Mississippi USA
and MPA Candidate
Belhaven University
Jackson, Mississippi USA

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