“Everything you do must be done with love.” (1 Corinthians 16:14 NLT)
One of the most important keys to receiving God’s favor on your work is this: You must care about the people you work with. Even when they are irritable, even when they don’t like you, even when they make fun of you, even when they put you down for being a Christian, you must still be a friend to them.
Why is this so important for success? Because the number one lesson in life, the number one reason God put you on this earth, is to learn how to love. God is love, and he wants you to be like him.
It’s easy to love people you like, the people you find easy to get along with. So if God’s going to teach you real love, realize that he’s going to put you around unlovely people.
“Everything you do must be done with love” (1 Corinthians 16:14 NLT). This means at the office, in the car, on a sales call — whatever. The good news is this really is not hard. It’s easy to underestimate the power of a kind word, a friendly smile, a pat on the back, a genuine compliment, a word of encouragement, or a listening ear.
I have seen so many lives changed when somebody takes time to pay attention to them. There is not a person on this planet who isn’t starving for attention. But a caring person is hard to find.
The Apostle Paul said this, “I have no one else like Timothy, who genuinely cares about your welfare” (Philippians 2:20 NLT). Does that sound like your workplace? Or is everyone looking out for their own interests and not those of other people? Those who really care are really aware.
Talk About It
Think of someone at work who probably needs a kind gesture or word. How will you show them that you care this week?
Is it difficult for you to put the care and concern of others above the demands of your work? Why do you think this is so?
Rick Warren is the founding pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., one of America's largest and most influential churches. Rick is author of the New York Times bestseller "The Purpose Driven Life." His book, "The Purpose Driven Church," was named one of the 100 Christian books that changed the 20th century. He is also the founder of Pastors.com, a global Internet community for pastors.
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