June 22, 2018 – Friday
Matthew 5:9 [MSG] You’re blessed when you can show people how to cooperate instead of competing or fighting. That’s when you discover who you really are, and your place in God’s family.
Where I live and work, sometimes the “group spirit” permits people to do ugly things to themselves and others. Arguments. Fights. Death. Even suicide. The group spirit sometimes sees the ugliness as fun to watch, and so nobody prevents the fight or shows how to love and cooperate. Such “fun” is mistaken for a “blessing.”
When we are in that group spirit, it is easy to forget what Jesus said. We are only blessed when we show others how to cooperate. The blessing is not watching two brothers fight. The blessing is being placed in God’s family.
So I took it upon myself to thrive in a different spirit – a spirit of God and not a spirit of group. Part of my job each day is to show others how to cooperate, and not fight.
You do not live where I live, and you do not work where I work. But is your situation so different than mine? Do you not see coworkers compete when they could get more done by cooperating? Is there a group spirit that looks to a fight for entertainment?
Today at work, discover who you really are – or who you really should be. Go to work in a different spirit – a spirit of God. Find your place in His family at your workplace.
Father, in the name of Jesus, I pray. Thank You for continuing to pour Your peace into my heart so I can help bring unity where there is division. Amen.
Jimmy Davis, Jr.
Z-557 Unit N-10
Holman Correctional Facility
Alabama Department of Corrections
Atmore, Alabama USA