Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life. Philippians 2:14-16a
Sometimes the workplace is filled with difficult people. You have customers that can’t be pleased, a boss that doesn’t seem to care about you, co-workers who won’t pull their weight. Your list may be much longer. A lot of times we can’t do much to change those things, either. The work situation is what it is. There’s not a lot you can do about it.
One thing we can do, however, is talk about them. You can tell your spouse, your car pool, your prayer group, the guy next to you on the bus. Any listening ear will do. Of course, none of those people can change our job situation either. We just like to say it hoping they’ll agree with our sense of indignation.
And then sometimes we wonder what it means to be a Christian in a place like that. How do you serve the Lord while you’re selling product, crunching numbers and going to meetings, particularly with all those difficult people around you. You’re not really sure. You just hope it doesn’t mean you are supposed to come in and preach to them every day.
Well, someday it may mean exactly that but every day it will mean this – stop complaining. If we accept the idea of God’s providence we have to believe that He brought those difficult people into your life for a reason, probably so you could be a blessing to them. One of the surest ways you can minister to the difficult people in your shop will be to maintain a positive attitude. Don’t grumble, don’t argue. Dare we say it? Smile! Will they notice? You would. Will they wonder how you are able to maintain your personal peace in the midst of such a difficult job? You know they will. And suddenly right there, in the middle of selling product, crunching numbers and going to meetings, you are proclaiming the power of Christ, without saying a word.
* Attributed to St. Francis of Assisi.