Kindness ? Putting others at ease by rejoicing in their gifts and achievements
?”Envy (which we looked at in the last post) causes us to feel terrible when someone else is happy; kindness causes us to rejoice at the achievements of others. ?Envy seeks to pull people down; kindness builds people up,” (p.107)
As a Christ-follower, our desire and motivation to demonstrate kindness in the workplace must be rooted in the Gospel. ?Kindness cannot be legislated or commanded. ?Authentic kindness comes as a result of understanding and appreciating the kindness that God has shown to us in Jesus: ?“Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, as God in Christ has forgiven you.” (Ephesians 4:2)
What might kindness look like in the workplace? ?Here’s some suggestions from Stevens and Ung:
- Changed attitudes: Taking the initiative in demonstrating kindness rather than waiting for others to take the first step; listening attentively and being sensitive to unspoken needs; actively and intentionally practicing ‘random acts of kindness’; celebrating the achievements, big or small, of fellow workers rather than looking for recognition of our own endeavours. ? [Read more…] about Taking Your Soul to Work ? Kindness: Putting others at ease (Chapter 16)
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