The Christian Public Servant – “notice the best”

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November 22, 2017 – Wednesday


I John 4:8 [NKJV] He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.

I Corinthians 13:5(b) [TLB] Love does not demand its own way. It is not irritable or touchy.


About three years ago, while on a work-related flight, a very irritable passenger gave the flight attendants a tough time. To their credit, the flight attendants did not give into their emotions and were models of professionalism throughout the flight. As I reflected during a layover, I pulled out my laptop and logged onto the airline’s web page. There I wrote a compliment, naming the flight attendants and testifying in detail to their incredible skill. It only took a few minutes, but it felt right to notice the best in people doing a job well.

Since that day I make it a practice, when travelling on work, to pick the person who gives the best service and write a detailed compliment. I am never likely to see that person again, and he or she likely will not remember who I was. I do it because Jesus sees the best in me despite my sins. God has commanded me to love others as He loves me. In my work, therefore, I try to notice the best in those around me.

As a Christian public servant, choose to notice the best in those whom you serve and those with whom you serve. There will be angry citizens and rude coworkers, but there will be people who should be seen for doing their best. Choose to notice the best in others today at work, and you will see what God sees in you!

BTW, a few months after that first compliment, I was on a flight with the same attendants. When they saw my name on the manifest, they remembered me. You see, that irritable passenger had filed a complaint but my compliment had cleared them.

God is good, and it is always good to notice the best in others!


Lord, use me today to see the good in the people around me. Help me to be a blessing to others. Let me lead a life of love and service to You in each work today. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen.

Kevin Cooney
Visiting Professor
Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University
Beppu, Japan

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