Read the Signs

Good morning!  Mary Kay Ash, the American businesswoman famous for the cosmetic empire she created, is quoted as saying, "Pretend that every single person you meet has a sign around his or her neck that says, 'Make me feel important.'"  I expect that if we all followed this suggestion in our businesses and workplaces we would sell more products and services, enjoy our jobs far more, make a lot more friends through our workplace experiences, enjoy a much richer reputation, and really bless the Lord... all at the same time. It seems to me that many of the problems we encounter (or create) in the marketplace are a result of low self-esteems, defeated spirits, and/or negative attitudes that could be attributed to a very low evaluation of self-worth.

In the course of Jesus' workdays, a woman caught in the very act of adultery was brought to him.  Her accusers were out for blood.  They planned to prosecute her to the fullest extent of the law by stoning her to death.  You know the story. (John 8:1-11)  If there is a person in the New Testament who had a low self-esteem it must have been this woman. Her self-worth must have been zero. They dragged her out into the streets. But Jesus treated her like a precious little lamb and protected her from her would-be executioners. Then, He pardoned sin.  With a sense of expectation, as if He really believed she would go back and not continue to live this way, He sent her on her way with the challenge to, "Go and sin no more." (v.11)  I'd bet that woman felt incredibly special as she returned home to family and friends!  Her life would never be the same; how could it?  Jesus had just made her feel like the most important person on the planet!

Today's Workplace Challenge:  Go and do likewise!  First, imagine that every person in your work-path today has the Make me feel important sign around his neck.  Most of them, indeed, have it; it's just that it's invisible. Understand, too, that the man or woman you encounter at work today may not deserve the esteem and love you heap on them.  The woman referenced above didn't.  You and I didn't either, but Christ made us to feel this way with his personal love and grace!  Finally, there was nothing "in it" for Jesus; He simply esteemed her because He wanted to bless her.  It was all about His character, not hers.  The way you and I manage others in the marketplace is not really about their character.  It speaks volumes about yours and mine, though!  And if we only bless others who are blessing us, then what have we really done for the Kingdom? (Matthew 5:46-47 addresses Jesus' strong word on this issue.)  This is going to be a great workday as you and I read carefully the signs around co-workers, customers and clients necks and respond accordingly!  Work hard with great sensitivity and compassion for others.  Let them all know, too, how important they really are! Do it for His glory!