The Christian Public Servant – “even if you are in the right”

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June 14, 2018 – Thursday

Reading

James 2:2-4 [NKJV] For if there should come into your assembly a man with gold rings, in fine apparel, and there should also come in a poor man in filthy clothes, and you pay attention to the one wearing the fine clothes and say to him, “You sit here in a good place,” and say to the poor man, “You stand there,” or, “Sit here at my footstool,” have you not shown partiality among yourselves, and become judges with evil thoughts?

Reflection

Coworkers, in another work unit in my building, are borrowers. They borrow a lot of stuff from my work unit. And nothing is returned. When asked to return things, it is always a seemingly “never” process. And members of my work unit get upset. After all, the borrowed stuff comes from our budget, and we never get things back. So, I sent another email requesting stuff back, but this time I copied our collective supervisor. Now the other work unit screamed? Why did you get us into trouble? And they talked about going straight to the top about my complaint.

Scripture calls us to be understanding of content – even in the workplace – even if you are right. Just because my work unit budgeted better than did the borrowers, this does not mean I need to get them into trouble. And, regardless of workplace, scripture requires you and me to view others without partiality. We are not to become judges with evil thoughts. So, even at work, it is not about who has what, when, and where. We should not make a political game out of a needy situation.

Today at work, hold off getting even – even if you are in the right. Do not attack. Treat others without partiality. Withhold judging with evil thoughts. After all, someday you may be the borrower, and then what?

Yes, today hold off getting even – even if you are in the right.

Prayer

God, You are the creator of everything and everyone. Please give me eyes to see, wisdom to know, and the strength to do something special for my coworkers today, especially those who are needy in other departments. In Your Son’s name, I pray. Amen.

Doug Meyer
District Engineer
Office of Drinking Water
Virginia Department of Health
Richmond, Virginia USA

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