I am thankful that God created you! I am delighted that God placed you exactly where you are, in the family he chose for you. God blessed you with your unique personality, gifts, and abilities, knowing that these are exactly what are needed today in this place where you find yourself.
I am thankful that you got up this morning and went to work. The work that you, your department, and your company do makes a difference in somebody’s life and in the city where you work.
I am thankful that you have chosen to do every task in your job with excellence. It can be very tempting sometimes to just rush through things to get it done, or to procrastinate in the hopes that the work will go away or that somebody else will do the work for you. But you chose today to tackle each project at work with excellence and that choice brings glory to God.
It is refreshing that you encouraged someone today. Your words or your smile may have been the only smile or encouraging word somebody heard today. When you’re tired or not feeling well, it can be hard to smile. Finding an encouraging word to say to someone can be hard, especially after a difficult meeting, or after somebody spoke words that hurt you. At those times, when I take a moment to shift my focus from myself to God, and hear what God has to say to me, I am able to find the love and hope to speak with tenderness, compassion, and genuine concern to my co-workers.
Thank you for bringing God’s presence and God’s light into your workplace. I know many people, even non-Christians, who describe their workplaces as dark. Remember that in the darkest of places, God’s light shines. The darker the place, the brighter that God’s light shines. Because you showed up at work today, you reflect God’s light into your workplace. You are a beacon of hope to your co-workers and customers. Your co-workers notice a difference because you demonstrate God’s grace in your conversations, meetings, and customer interactions.
He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus (Philippians 1:6).
The fact that your behavior and conversations at work are worthy of the gospel of Christ is a testimony to God’s redeeming and transforming power. I know that a Christ-like attitude in the workplace can be challenging. People can be frustrating. Company policies can sometimes get in the way of what you want to get done. It’s very tempting to participate in corporate politics. That you are seldom heard grumbling or complaining at work demonstrates your firm conviction that God is sovereign. Your quiet confidence and lack of anxiety is a shining beacon of God’s peace reigning in your heart.
There are times when the devil whispers in our ears, reminding us of our stumblings and failures. Satan loves to remind us of the last time our behavior didn’t live up to our expectations of how a Christ follower should behave. At those times, remember that the Bible teaches us that when we fall, Jesus forgives us and God lifts us up.
Don’t ever forget that Jesus has buried your sins in the depths of the sea. God has hung a no-fishing sign where he buried your sins. In other words, neither you, nor Satan, nor anybody else has any right to dredge up memories of past mistakes. We have been washed clean by the blood of Christ. I am thankful to God that he is able to deliver us from all the temptations of our workplace through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 15:57).
I thank God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, because of your faith in Jesus and the love you have. May God fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives (Colossians 1:9). This wisdom and understanding may come through God’s Word, or it may come through the people God has placed in your life. Listen carefully to their words. Discern with care to hear the wisdom that God has to offer you. Godly wisdom is not just for head knowledge so that you can impress people.
God blesses you with his wisdom and understanding through the Spirit so that you may a live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way, bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God (Colossians 1:10). Godly wisdom enables you to plumb the mysteries of the depths of God’s creation in your chosen career. Godly wisdom enables you to relate to your co-workers, management, and customers in ways that are beyond human comprehension.
I give thanks to God for you.
May the eyes of your heart be enlightened so that you may know the hope to which you have been called. May you see God’s incomparably great power working in and through your life today! May your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ. May you be filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God! (Philippians 1:9-11)