FRIDAY, JULY 19
“If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat, and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink.
Proverbs 25:21 (ESV)
“And if anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles.”
Matthew 5:41 (ESV)
OPTIMIZE MY WORK: DO MORE THAN IS EXPECTED
There was a man born in the late 1800s. One of several children being the oldest, took care of the younger children and began to cook for them at a young age of seven years old. His father died when he was young, leaving him even more responsibility. He worked many jobs in his life, maybe 20 or 30 different jobs and careers he pursued throughout his life. He became a ferry boat captain, a railroad conductor, a lawyer, a tire salesman, a gas station operator, even became a restauranteur for a while and served in the US Army. After his failed attempt of having his own restaurant, he went into the business of instructing other people how to prepare and cook their food his way, and that would make his name, Colonel Harland Sanders, and his brand – Kentucky Fried Chicken – household names forever.
People could have easily expected Colonel Sanders to give up, quit or settle for less than the best. But he refused to quit and refused to settle. God’s plan is that His people always exceed expectations. Proverbs says if your enemy is hungry and thirsty feed him and give him something to drink. And if someone asks you to go a mile go two miles instead. People would never expect you to feed your enemy but that was God’s plan to get people’s attention and show them the difference Jesus makes in our lives.
We all love it when a business exceeds our expectations. It’s a treat when they place a mint on your pillow at a nice hotel or say “my pleasure” when serving you. The same can be said of us as believers. When we exceed expectations in the workplace it will bless people and honor God. On Sunday Pastor Mike said, “How you do anything is how you do everything.” How would your coworkers or employees say you do everything? Can you think of the last time you exceeded expectations at work? How was it received? If it was unappreciated, did your response to not being appreciated still exceed expectations? Pray and ask God how you can exceed expectations in the near future in your work environment.