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.”
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!
Joy 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.