Did you notice a couple of months ago that your co-workers were in a good mood? Christmas music was playing. Decorations glittered and glowed. They were all so much more generous.
You gave a donation to the local food pantry. You sent Christmas cards and gifts to clients.
What about now?
Not so much?
How do you do good all year long?
Paul tells the Christians at Galatia that we all get tired of doing what is good. You can understand that. When your credit card bill came post-Christmas, your eyes bugged out like a cartoon character’s and you announced a belt-tightening plan to be implemented immediately.
Yet the biggest indebtedness is emotional. Psychologists call it compassion fatigue. The never-ending stories of so many people who need help parade themselves to your desk or station daily. A child has cancer. A family’s home burned. A parent died.
It’s normal to feel overwhelmed emotionally and underfunded financially. First, acknowledge you experience compassion fatigue.
Paul notes second that you, me, and everyone else wants a blessing. You want to Receive your Faith Positive lifestyle, to be both blessed and blessing.
I met with a client in her Starbucks office—free wi-fi, right?—to learn more about her startup. A former client stopped and spoke with me for a moment which gave my client a chance to check voicemail.
When she came back to the table, she was smiling ear-to-ear. “Well, I’ll always remember our first meeting,” she said. “I just got my first contract.”
What a blessing! Everyone wants those!
Despite compassion fatigue, Paul says these blessings begin as doing good to others. In the business world, you do good as you reach out, empathize, and solve people’s problems whether it’s for a cleaner, healthier workspace or project management software that saves time and energy. Your work of doing good is a seed that cultivated well produces a harvest. You get the contract!
It takes a concerted effort and coordination of energy and resources to keep planting seeds. That’s why Paul says thirdly that you must keep going in doing good to get these blessings. Rather than give up, you give on.
The amazing reality that defies spreadsheet logic is that as you give on, you receive. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up, Paul says.
The right time is unpredictable. When you least expect a blessing, it shows up, the fruit of your previous doing good. At other times, you give and give to the point of compassion fatigue and wonder if a blessing is ever coming. Then when it arrives, it exceeds your dreams.
So continue to do good beyond Christmas. Discover ways to sow goodness into the lives of your customers and clients, teammates and vendors. Keep planting goodness.
And know that some day soon, at just the right time [you] will reap a harvest of blessing which increases your faith with greater joy in your work so you love God and others more.
Dr. Joey Faucette
Who is one person your work touches that you can do good for today? What will you do?
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