Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic,love one another, be compassionate and humble. (1 Peter 3:8)
Imagine coming into a place of work today that is a sacred space,an oasis of grace. A place where everybody shows sincere love for each other. Where there is gentleness and mutual respect for the talents and skills each person brings to the job. Where people submit to the leaders of their department or company for the Lord’s sake. Imagine an organization where people are tender-hearted and humble. Where empathy flows freely. Where insults are replied to with blessings. Envision a culture of peace marked by open, honest conversations. Envisage co-workers focusing on what is true, honorable, right, pure, loving and admirable. Imagine a workplace where you are respected for the skills and talents God has blessed you with, and where you are given opportunities to flourish and make meaningful contributions.
What thoughts are going through your mind as you picture this workplace? What would the conversations be like in this workplace? What would happen when you made a mistake, or you couldn’t quite figure out how to do your job in this workplace? What would people say to you when you come in to work carrying the joys and burdens of life? Would getting up this morning have been easier had you known that this described your work environment?
Although none of your work places are exactly like this,there are glimmers of some of these attributes in every work place. Which of these characteristics do you see in your workplace albeit not perfectly? Take a moment and praise the Lord for these.
Our Lord, Jesus, when he walked the earth created sacred spaces of grace in every interaction he had with other people. As he builds us up together into a spiritual temple and to be a holy priesthood, as he pours out his grace on us, we too, together, can create sacred spaces, oases of grace.
How could you live your life in such a way that within your sphere of influence you could create a sacred space, an oasis of grace for your co-workers?
I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears. [Psalm 34:4]
Lord, thank you that your eyes are on the righteous, and your ears are attentive to their cry. Grant us the courage and wisdom to create an oasis of grace where we work. Amen.