Bible Verse: Proverbs 15:4 "The soothing tongue is a tree of life, but a perverse tongue crushes the spirit."
Insight: There is so much hurt all around us. We each go through our days facing different struggles and pain and many people don't know the life-giving news of Jesus. The harsh truth is that we will never be able to force people into a relationship with God. I know there are so many people in my life I wish would come to the Lord and I'm sure the same goes for you. What we can do is show up for those that are hurting around us and show them God's love. It may feel like a large weight to carry so many burdens, but when those around us are hurting, we get to be a form of comfort and relief for them. Being a compassionate person is such a powerful tool. It makes me think of all of the instances that we see God's compassion for His people. He understands the pain that we experience and shows up time and time again in the capacity that we need Him. Be the kind of person you need when you're in the midst of deep pain for others.
Work application: There is a work-life balance that we should have. We shouldn't go to work talking about every single thing going on in our lives. But, even if people aren't sitting in their offices crying about something they're going through, we can still be a soothing presence. I think that kindness, compassion, and humility go a long way in our work lives. We can show kindness in our words—we can show others the goodness of God by the way we express ourselves. We truly don't know how our simple words said in kindness may impact someone greatly. There may be an instance where a coworker or someone you encounter may be having an extremely tough time (even if they don't show it), any words or actions done with kindness can make all the difference in how they have been feeling. Being the soothing presence that God calls us to be can bring peace that we may not even understand or see. Both Sarah Y. Tse and Jeff McHugh, co-authors of From Illusion to Reality, speak on the development of one's character in the workplace. When you are a person of integrity, compassion, humility, etc. it translates into who you are as an employee/employer and makes all the difference.
Grateful: I am grateful to have a God that understands any hurt I may face and walks alongside it with me.
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Contributor: Jessica Carrera holds a B.A. in English with a concentration in writing and a minor in Biblical Studies from Biola University. She aspires to touch the lives of others through her words.