College and Career

Spreading God’s Love at Work & School

April 25, 2016
 Let’s face it, after a long day at school and work, the last thing we want to be doing is even more work. Throughout the day, we perform tedious tasks–but maybe some of them are more important than we think. We aren’t just assigned jobs by our boss that give us a paycheck in return, or tests in school that could potentially give us a good report card, but we are also given assignments by God Himself.

 Here are some things to keep in mind while at work, school, or wherever you are:

 

  • Everyone has struggles

  • People are hurting

 

Where I work, there are a number of people from other countries that I love getting to know and hear stories from–but some of them are also refugees with heartbreaking tales. Whether or not those around us share what is or has been going on in their lives, we can still be sympathetic toward them.

 

John 16:33 (NIV) “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

 

  • Try to be the person that makes others smile

 

There is a man that comes into my work on a regular basis that I have never seen smile, not once. Therefore, I feel like it is important for me to try and smile at him whenever he is there, since I may be the only one that does.

 

Proverbs 17:22 (KJV) “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.”

 

  • Share what God has blessed you with

 

The smallest thing (a word of encouragement, smile etc.) could turn someone’s day around and stick with them for a long time. Even though we may not be thanked by the people we help, the Lord blesses those that bless others.

 

 

 

Proverbs 11:25 (NIV) “A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.”

 

John 13:34-35 (ESV) “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

 

  • Forgive others

  • Have patience

 

I know there are times when I need to work on my patience and letting things slide from my mind. Maybe the person is having a bad day and I was simply the next person they came into contact with, so they let off some steam. Thus, when things like this happen, I need to remind myself that God blessed me with a job/school, and I am there to represent Him.

 

Ephesians 4:32 (ESV) “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”

 

Ephesians 4:2 (NIV) “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.”

 

These things may seem commonplace, but I think we could all use a reminder now and then to consciously do them. Treat others the way you want to be treated and go have a great day!

 

 

 

 


 

 

joyedwardsJoy Edwards – Column: College & Career

Joy is a college student from Arizona. Her major is undecided, but she enjoys sports, photography, learning about different cultures, and spending time with friends and family. She is also Christian and volunteers with her church.

 

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  1. Savannah Perran

    April 25, 2016 at 1:44 pm Reply

    This was a beautiful article, Joy! I’ll definitely be remembering the things you mentioned :). Sometimes it’s hard to treat others the way we want to be treated, but it’s worth it!

  2. Sarah T

    April 29, 2016 at 9:57 pm Reply

    Excellent reminder! 🙂

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