Making Room

Making Room

Good Wednesday Morning! Early in my career I remember placing books or stacks of paper in my office chairs. No, I didn’t lack storage space, but it was a means of keeping colleagues from loitering in my office. It was my way of protecting my space and time from co-workers who would linger longer than necessary. Looking back, I wasn’t very welcoming or hospitable and acknowledge my selfishness and failure to make room for others. I wonder how many opportunities I missed for God to minister through me as a conduit of blessing. In our workplaces today, there are colleagues or even strangers that need a friend, a sounding board, some biblical wisdom or encouragement. Do we make room for them?

As Christians we are called to make room for others in need, and I believe we can do it without negatively impacting company time or productivity. If we are willing, God will provide times for us to be welcoming and to practice hospitality. Romans 12:13 encourages hospitality. Paul writes, when God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be ready to practice hospitality”. The word hospitality means showing love to strangers. It is more than opening up our homes to the people we know well. Hospitality extends to those who aren't at all like us; those down the hall, on the shop floor, in the classroom, boardroom or conference room.

Let me ask you, do you practice hospitality and make room for others at work? Or, do you find yourself protective of your time and space? Certainly, in our busy, task-oriented lives, it’s challenging to make room for others, especially in our workplaces. We have little or no extra time built into our schedules. As workplace believers we must be open to those pre-ordained moments when God leads someone through our office door…perhaps, someone whom we barely know.

The workplace challenge is to make room for those around you. In the workplace, an open heart begins with an open door. Who knows, for the next person who walks through your door, you could be that pre-ordained pathway to the cross. Finally, remember to practice discernment and be careful not to neglect your job or take time from your employer. Rather, arrange to meet at break time or schedule a lunch meeting. The point here is to make room and be available. Do it willingly, enthusiastically and for His Glory.