How not to say the wrong thing..at work or anywhere!

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Not long ago, I started working outside the home. I was quite blessed to find an opportunity that fits my skills and interest somewhat well. However, being part of the “real” world has it’s challenges.

For instance, a few weeks ago, I was laughing with a colleague (a fellow Christian) about how easy it is to be “saved” when you work from home. Alone at home, working in front of a computer, one isn’t often tested with issues like forgiveness, or anger or negative conversations. But, in the workplace it’s a very different world. I had forgotten how
much differently.

One of my most frequent prayers is that God would use me to be a blessing to my colleagues and all the people in which I come in contact. I pray every day for a fresh chance to be a blessing to someone during the course of my eight hours of labor. Whether, it’s a smile, a joke I tell, a gift I may give or a service I can offer. I want to be a blessing. In the end, it’s all about Christ and how others may see Him in my actions.

However, I am often concerned. You see, I’m a very direct communicator. Gone are the days of the shy girl scared to voice her opinions. Above most anything, I value the liberty that Christ has wrought in me. The spirit of timidity that once held me bondage has been conquered by the blood of Jesus and I praise God for that victory. I cherish my liberty.

At the same time, I pray that God would teach me…to groom me in a way that my liberty never becomes a bondage or a hindrance to others. I never want my ability to share my feelings to encumber, offend or even stifle anyone. That would not be Godly and it would not allow me to be the blessing I pray to become.

So, the scripture in my spirit this week is Colossians 4:6:

“Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person.” (As my moms says, “too much salt can ruin a good dish”)

Hey, GodsyGirl, listen to how The Message Bible interprets this same scripture:

“Be gracious in your speech. The goal is to bring out the best in others in a conversation, not put them down, not cut them out.”

That says it all. Work in me and on me, Holy Spirit. Is that your prayer too?

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2 Comments

  1. Awesomely powerful. I totally get where you are coming from. I remember in nursing school an instructor told me I could be too blunt and I might want to work on that. Being blunt didn’t bother me, I don’t like to sugar coat things and since I went to work in the ER, being blunt is needed. However that same characteristic can also hurt people. My prayers are very similar to your own.
    Thanks for sharing.

    Now that I am a stay at home mom, I can also see your point about how it is “easier” to act like a Christian.

  2. this ministered to me in a BIG way. Although I am not out in the workplace, I’ve been thinking so often about being gracious, our speech, our deeds. I am praying so often the the Lord will cultivate in me the art of conversation, and that through my words to allow HIS love and interest in others flow through…and to be a quiet listener, a kind questioner, a respectful thinker, and a loving friend.

    After weeks of sicknesses and viruses flowing through this house, I am slowly crawling out of the crypt and corresponding with the human race again….was so refreshing to read this today.

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