September 6, 2016 – Tuesday
I Corinthians 13:4-5 [TLB] Love is very patient and kind, never jealous or envious, never boastful or proud, never haughty or selfish or rude. Love does not demand its own way. It is not irritable or touchy. It does not hold grudges and will hardly even notice when others do it wrong.
So many times we read this scripture. So many times we intend to remember it. So many times we want to apply it. And then, so many times we file it away.
Love seems hardest to apply at the jobsite. But why? I mean, how difficult is it to show love when confronted with a coworker? The one who cannot remember the procedures you presented the other day. The lazy one or the one who doesn’t care. The good one who just can’t remember everything. The one who does “it” in an unacceptable way, and you notice “it.”
Recall that you were not born with infinite knowledge about your job. Someone taught you, reminded you, and retaught you when you forgot something. Maybe that person was haughty, selfish, and rude. Maybe that person was irritable or touchy when you made a mistake. Then again, maybe that person actually mentored you, and to some degree, let you find your own way to completing a task. To that person, maybe love was not so hard to apply at the jobsite.
Regardless of what happened to you, love is really not hard to apply at the jobsite. So today at work, choose not to file it away.
Lord, help me recognize quality when it is demonstrated. Help me mentor effectively and not simply monitor activity in order to detect mistakes. Help me understand that actions I may think are in error are actually improvements. Help me realize the difference and perhaps adopt the new way as better than mine. In Your name, I pray. Amen.
David M. Casey, B.A.
Certified Automobile Repair Technician (CMAT)
Chevrolet Division, General Motors
Saint Augustine, Florida USA