April 26, 2016 – Tuesday
Thessalonians 5:11 [NIV] Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.
At work I’m known as the cheerful one. As I walk into the office each morning, I’m always smiling and greeting everyone with a big “hey!” And even if I don’t pass by your desk, my body language across the room shows how happy I am to see you!
Now, you should know my office is filled with fraud investigators. We all look for minute details – it’s part of our job. And one day, a coworker noticed my body language was off. Oh sure, I still smiled and greeted everyone with my morning “hey,” but she detected something was wrong.
Over lunch, this sister-in-Christ didn’t pry into my business. She gathered, whatever was wrong was deeply personal. But she did encourage me to remain the Christian woman she knew. She started building me up so I could confront the issue – whatever it was — in a way worthy of Christ.
You know life’s issues can unfold in the workplace. And this means, as a Christian public servant, you need to be a fraud investigator. Is someone trying to be cheerful? Do words say one thing, but body language tells a different story? You don’t need to pry, but you do need to encourage. Without knowing the details, you can build up.
So at work today, be a fraud investigator. Detect when something’s wrong. When someone is hurting. When someone is struggling being the Christian Christ expects.
Encourage. Build up. Just as in fact my coworker did for me, you can do for others!
Father, I pray I am aware of the opportunities that arrive to encourage and build up someone today. Let me not get caught up in my own needs where I forget to look around. Instead, I pray for eyes to see and a heart to respond in love. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
Erica Everette, MPA
Eligibility Review Analyst
Department of Medical Assistance Services
Richmond, Virginia USA