I know that I share sections of Paul’s letter to the Colossians a lot. That is because it speaks so loudly to me on a personal level. I have known people who memorized entire books of the Bible. If I were to attempt such a feat I think I would start with Colossians. Whenever I open my Bible without a specific book in mind I often turn there. Like I said, it speaks powerfully to me. With that being said, bear with me as I share a passage that I’m sure I’ve shared in the past.
12 Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. 13 Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. 14 Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. 15 And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.
16 Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts. 17 And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father.
Colossians 3:12-17 NLT)
This really speaks to me now that I am working in a secular job again. I have to remind myself that it is more than just a paycheck. While that is an obvious benefit this job gives me the opportunity to practice “tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience” in an atmosphere that sometimes lacks it. It gives me the opportunity to literally let me be “a representative of the Lord Jesus” in everything I “do or say” each time I clock in. I wish I had realized that a long time ago.
Grace and peace.