This talk is from a radio talk:
Good morning. I’m Ole Skjerbæk Madsen. I’m a Danish pastor working at Tao Fong Shan Christian Center.
To-day is Sunday. This may be your day of relaxing – of feeling free. Tomorrow it’s work, and a week full of work is lying ahead of you.
How do you feel about that? Do you look forward to it? Or are you dreading it?
A big part of how we view our work is our relationships with colleagues. When relationships are smooth, it can make life full of joy. When work relationships are strained, it can make life miserable.
Some of your colleagues may have hurt you. Some of them don’t appreciate what you do and who you are. They may slander you, meeting you with nasty and degrading remarks. Sometimes they are like enemies.
But, you may say, there’s nothing we can do about it.
From my experience, there is something we can do. And it starts with seeing ourselves through God’s eyes. I don’t know how you think God looks at you, but it’s been a great help to me that Jesus talks in such a trusting way of God. He calls God Father in a very intimate way. He makes me see, that we can be like children in relation to their caring parents in our relation to God. I have found a good help in this affirmation:
I am a child of God
I am loved
And I am appreciated.
God, I thank you!
Through this simple affirmation of faith, I also remind myself of my worth. And thus I’m not so much influenced by someone else’s judgment of me – what they think concerning me, – how they act towards me. They can’t make me less than I am, because [PAUSE] I’m a child of God, loved and appreciated.
From this position, it may be possible to see my colleagues with new eyes too. Even those I considered to be my enemies. I’m not the only child of God in the world; others are also created in God’s image as God’s children. Therefore, my attitude to them can change. Often my changed attitude will also change the relationship with them.
To remind myself and to proclaim it as my faith, this is my daily prayer:
God, You who are “I AM”!
I recognise the working of Your Spirit in the longing of humans for the peace of Your Kingdom, and in their longing for Truth, Beauty and Goodness.
I recognise the presence of Your servant love in men and women of good will and in all who dedicate themselves to walk the way of discipleship. May the power of Your Holy Spirit flow in us and guide us to the recognition of all Truth and into practical service.
May Your Word made flesh, Jesus Christ, inspire us to servant love
As co-workers of the Kingdom of God.
May I find my place in Your one work for the restoration of the Earth and the human race – in a humble spirit, in purity, truth, and love.
May God bless your day.