January 9, 2018 — Tuesday
James 3:6 [ESV] And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell.
I found myself particularly upset at work last week. A project I oversaw was not going well, and I felt as if members of my team had let me down by not pulling their weight. When I asked why they were struggling with their responsibilities, I heard nothing but excuses in response. I grew so I angry that I cursed at them in my frustration and asked them to leave my office.
After I calmed down and was by myself, I reflected on my actions and my outburst. I was sorry for treating my coworkers that way – and even more ashamed that I allowed myself to lose control of both my temper and my tongue.
God does not put us in places and situations by accident. Rather, He has a purpose for where we work and with whom we engage daily. Sometimes work is stressful, and it is easy to become angry and lash out at others. At these times, it is important to remember that you represent Christ where you work and to always reflect Him in your actions and speech.
Yes, today at work, reflect Him in your actions and speech.
Dear Lord, please help me control my anger and my tongue in all situations at work. Do not allow me to be overcome by my emotions. Throughout this workday, remind me of my responsibility as a witness for You. In Your name, I pray. Amen.
Paul Theroux, MPA
Maintenance Program Manager
U.S. Department of Defense
Naval Base Norfolk
Norfolk, Virginia USA