My friend, may I ask you a question? Do you find yourself in a situation today where the labor you offer at home or at work is unrewarding? Perhaps you feel that no one appreciates what you do? Perhaps, even worse, you feel that you are taken advantage of, even abused?
Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.
Last year, according to Department of Commerce figures, over 100 workers were murdered by their fellow workers in acts of senseless violence. Why this propensity toward discontent, bitterness, even hatred in the work place? Psychologists have begun to probe the violence in the workplace syndrome and are coming to a remarkable conclusion. Most acts of violence are committed by normally even-tempered individuals who simply have a difficult time communicating their feelings. How often have you heard the expression, “You’ve got to watch the quiet ones.”
Here’s a story: Newspaper columnist and minister George Crane tells of a wife who came into his office full of hatred toward her husband. “I do not only want to get rid of him, I want to get even. Before I divorce him, I want to hurt him as much as he has me.” Dr. Crane suggested an ingenious plan “Go home and act as if you really love your husband. Go out of your way to be as kind, considerate, and generous as possible. Make him believe you love him. After you’ve convinced him of your undying love and that you cannot live without him, then drop the bomb. Tell him that you’re getting a divorce.” And she did it with enthusiasm. For two months she showed love, kindness, listening, giving, reinforcing, sharing. When she didn’t return, Crane called. “Are you ready now to go through with the divorce?” “Divorce?” she exclaimed. “Never! I discovered I really do love him.” Her actions had changed her feelings. Motion resulted in emotion. The ability to love is established not so much by fervent promise as often repeated deeds. (J. Allan Petersen.)
Do you find yourself in a situation today where the labor you offer at home or at work is unrewarding? Perhaps you feel that no one appreciates what you do. Perhaps, even worse, you feel that you are taken advantage of, even abused. Remember, you are not alone. There is someone who you can express yourself to; His name is God “the one who sees” you and knows you. The next time that feel alone, forgotten, and lost in your work, remember that God takes pleasure in your patience and will deliver you from your fears and sorrow. The more you call on Him, the deeper the love will grow. The ability to love Him and others depends upon your willingness to reach out repeatedly and call His name.
We pray. Heavenly Father, when dealing with ungrateful people we thank You for the experience. We appreciate having a slight taste of what You do for the whole world every single day. You are behind every good thing that everyone receives and enjoys—the sun to give light, the rain to grow food, and all good things we take for granted and seldom thank You for them. Forgive us for how little of this is appreciated by us on a daily basis. Our gratefulness to You and our willingness to forgive others when they don’t appreciate us sets us apart and releases the fragrance of grace to those who live and work among us. In Jesus Name! Amen.
Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.
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