Monday, July 17, 2017

Investing Time in Others

Nehemiah 6:3-4 I replied by sending this message to them "I am engaged in a great work, so I can't come. Why would I stop working to come and meet with you?" Four times they sent the same message and each time to gave the same reply.

God didn't put us here on earth to be sole individuals. He put us here on earth to develop relationships with others. That's why God made Eve out of Adam. So how do we balance work with people? Many people battling an addiction haven't developed people skills yet and that's one of the reasons for isolation (which we all know is very bad for addiction recovery).

Since we spend so much of our time at work, consider developing healthy relationships at work with your peers. Our employers are not paying us to stand around the water fountain and gossip - besides that not being honest it's also not God honoring.  What I want you to consider is that your work is important and you are being paid for it. So how so you blend the two?

When you go hand someone a report and you notice that they have a picture on their desk of their children, what do you do?  Come on, go ahead and ask their names and ages?  Then next time you see them ask how their children are doing. Then the next time you can ask how they are doing in school.  Or if you see the picture of a significant other on someone's desk and you know they are not married, go ahead and ask who the someone special is.  You might be surprised. Maybe it's a boyfriend..or maybe it's a brother serving in the military and is deployed. You just never know. But you must initiate in order for someone to open up. And you never know if that person just needed someone to care at that moment.

These don't have to be in-depth conversations, but as you invest your time in your peers, you will begin to develop relationships with them. And those relationships just might be the lifeline you need yourself at some time. Since we spend so much time working each day, wouldn't it be nice to have good relationships rather than cut-throat ones? I think I'd rather be known as the person who was genuinely interested in people - the person who took the time to invest -- even if just a few seconds a day. I can guarantee that as times go by, by investing the time with the individuals you work with will produce much fruit both from a professional standpoint as well as a personal.

Living in isolation is no way to have a healthy sober life. It just doesn't work. Isolation actually leads to relapses. It's why have relationships and encounters actually is a green light in the recoveryBox app - I think it's that important.

Have a wonderful day - and don't forget to invest the time in the people you work with.