The Christian Public Servant – “His encourager of hope”

March 16, 2017 – Thursday

Psalm 105:1 (NLT) Give thanks to the LORD and proclaim his greatness. Let the whole world know what he has done.

I once interned at a local government agency – I was the youngest by a solid 15-years. The full-time coworkers were well-established but highly stressed-out. Each felt the pressure of tremendous public scrutiny. At one point, the agency experienced drastic internal changes that left many employees even more emotionally and physically drained.

For some reason, several coworkers felt safe in talking with me about their stress. At first, I wondered why. After all, who wants anything to do with a 24 year-old intern? Yet they wanted to talk about their day. I did not mind. In fact, I cracked jokes and found things about which each could be thankful. I pointed out how the Lord was blessing them in so many ways – just as He was blessing me. As time went on, I began to view myself as His encourager of hope.

As Christian public servants, you and I are called to let the whole world know what He has done. The Good News He gives us must be shared with others. Yes, each one of us must be His encourager of hope.

So today, let the whole workplace know what He has done for you! Share it especially with those under the gun – those lost in anxiety; those victimized by fear. Share His Good News and proclaim His greatness.

At work today, be His encourager of hope.

Father, You have blessed me in so many ways. Let me fix my eyes on You, remember Your goodness, count my blessings, and share what You have done with those around me. Let me shower Your hope throughout this workday. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.

Angela Arbitter, MPA
International Justice Mission
Gulu, Uganda

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