Mean People & Hard Days

February 11, 2011


I meet every Wednesday after work with a couple of really great encouragers. Right now we are going through a Beth Moore study/DVD on the book of Daniel. The first half of the study focuses on how we live in a “Babylonian culture.” We are in this society that doesn’t value what we do, and even hates much of it, and treats us accordingly.

Yesterday all three of us had a hard day at work and we were relating some of the concepts of this week’s study to corporate life. The husband of one of my friends called her to share a couple of verses to encourage her this week and she shared them with us. Here is one — it may be familiar to you, but consider it in context of work, and replace “the wicked” and “evil people” with “people who aren’t treating you fairly” or “co-workers who are mean” and see how encouraging Psalm 37 is:

1 Don’t worry about the wicked
       or envy those who do wrong.
2 For like grass, they soon fade away.
       Like spring flowers, they soon wither.

3 Trust in the LORD and do good.
       Then you will live safely in the land and prosper.
4 Take delight in the LORD,
       and he will give you your heart’s desires.

5 Commit everything you do to the LORD.
       Trust him, and he will help you.
6 He will make your innocence radiate like the dawn,
       and the justice of your cause will shine like the noonday sun.

7 Be still in the presence of the LORD,
       and wait patiently for him to act.
Don’t worry about evil people who prosper
       or fret about their wicked schemes.

23 The LORD directs the steps of the godly.
       He delights in every detail of their lives.
24 Though they stumble, they will never fall,
       for the LORD holds them by the hand.

I am thankful that I have the exceptional privilege of working with so many people who truly have a much “bigger picture” than the microcosm of our corporate world, and that when we experience frustrating and even maddeningly unfair circumstances, we can still be encouraged by each other and by the very God of the Universe!

Life is good.


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