The Christian Public Servant – “just really bad company”

January 24, 2017 – Tuesday

Reading
1 Corinthians 15:33 [NIV] Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.”

Reflection
While I’ve been truly blessed to work with many wonderful people, sometimes I wasn’t so lucky. Once there was a coworker who stole my joy, my time, my passion, and even some of my money! She took things from me that I never intended to give away. And the worst part, I didn’t even notice what was happening to my own character. For I had no one to blame but myself for who I hung out with – and what the consequences would be.

It’s true, you and I are surrounded by many types of coworkers. Some with whom you have to associate, and others with whom you choose to associate. Some bring joy to your time at work, and others bring nothing but regret. And a few are just really bad company.

Today at work, choose wisely. Associate with coworkers who encourage your career-journey, love and respect you for who you are, and are dependable in completing their end of every task. Half of your career-journey is about people – not processes or product.

So at work today, don’t be misled. Stay away from those who are just really bad company.

Remember, your own character is at stake.

Prayer
Father, thank You for creating coworkers and companions. Give me decrement with whom I associate – in my work-life and in my real life. Help me take a healthy evaluation of the roles I give to those around me. Help me be grateful for the amazing people who cross my path, but give me courage to set boundaries with the ones who want to take from me. I trust You, Father, to provide me with an encouraging, motivating and reliable circle of companions. I pray these things in Your Son’s name. Amen.

Kathryn Saunders
Head Soccer Coach
Texas Southern University
Houston, Texas USA

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