April 9, 2018 – Monday
Romans 12:20-21 [NAB] Rather, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will hear burning coals upon his head.” Do not be conquered by evil but conquer evil with good.
As a child, I regarded the teacher’s lunchroom as an off-limits adult zone where “private things” went on. I even pictured smoke and evil laughter behind that closed door. As it turns out, my impression was not far from the truth. Just like any office, the teacher’s lunchroom tends to include evil gossip about students and overly concerned parents. Lately I’ve avoided the place all together, but I know I should really bring in food and drink – the rich God-laced food and drink.
As a Christian public servant, you might be like me – sometimes avoiding situations because of evil gossip. It’s easy to stand back and judge, but sitting on the sidelines is not serving God. Scripture reminds us what must be done: feed and give drink – the rich God-laced food and drink – even to those who do and say evil. It takes courage and strength to feed and give drink, but that’s what we are called to do.
God’s people are social, and work-break time interactions have unlimited potential for good or evil. The kind of food and drink you bring can transform gossip into grace. It could bring about incredible results for the Lord.
As this workweek begins, bring His food and drink to the lunchroom – share with your coworkers the love you have in God’s people. Feed them a story about good instead of avoiding the conversation altogether. Let them drink from other stories of hope and promise.
Today don’t let gossip conquer you. Conquer gossip with good. Today, feed and give drink in the lunchroom – the rich God-laced food and drink – the kind that pleases Him.
Lord, give me courage to be in the battle for good. Remind me not to judge Your people, or give up on them. Instead of walking away, turn me back towards them. Help me engage them in good, not selfishly for myself, but for Your people and to glorify You. In Your name I pray. Amen.
Joanna Knight, MPA
Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA