My reaction was immediate–and I’m sad to say that it wasn’t a good one.
Arriving early for work, I had planned to do some reading at my desk just prior to moving to an assigned area.
Only having a short amount of time for the reading, I sat down at my desk and looked at the clock.
Before I could even get started, someone who would be working part of the day in the next room stopped by just to have a friendly conversation with me.
There was a sudden thought of selfishness racing across my mind.
I was truly disappointed that I would not be able to do what I had planned in those short moments, because of the interruption of another worker.
Realizing very quickly that this was not the attitude that God would want me to have, I spent the next few moments listening to my visitor and making comments, deciding that talking with them was more important than what I had planned.
Quickly, it was time for us both to change areas and say goodbye.
Arriving at my new assigned area for that specific time, I was once again alone.
Within a few moments another coworker happened to be walking by me, having just arrived at work.
Instead of only saying, “Good morning,” to me and moving on, this person stopped and asked how things were going, since they knew that I had been dealing with some concerns in my family.
They stood there, patiently, as I spoke of recent issues dear to my heart.
With caring compassion, they encouraged me with sincere words and then walked on.
I had been so focused on what I wanted to do moments earlier that I was inwardly disappointed to see someone walk into the room while I was at my desk.
Now, in complete contrast, a coworker took the time out of their busy day to stop and check on me and how I was doing, freely giving up their moments to show their concern.
What attitude was pleasing to God?
Clearly, not my initial one.
Just as clearly, my coworker’s attitude was the right one to have.
Romans 12:10 reads, “Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.“
There are times that I need to put my own personal agenda aside and honor someone else above myself.