Happy Friday, Team!
As we approach this Friday, I want to share some things that have been on my mind this past week. The word “family” has stuck with me lately. I don’t mean my natural family, but the LSSSC family. We might forget that we spend a lot of time together, probably more than the time we spend with our families at home. Because we do, we are bound to have the same dynamics with our work families that we experience with our real ones.
I am an only child, my son is an only child, and my grandson is an only child, so it might be hard for me to relate personal experiences of sibling disagreements. However, I can offer what I have seen with friends and other family members. When I was little, I had cousins who would get at odds with each other. The funny thing is, as much as they fought, if anyone picked on either of them, their disagreements seemed to disappear as they would rise to defend each other. They were family, and no one was going to mess with their family.
Here at Lutheran Social Services Southern California, I also see us as a family unit. I want you to feel that you matter to us. We will defend you and do what it takes to ensure you feel protected. When disagreements occur, let’s pull together and give each other the benefit of the doubt. Let’s not immediately think the worst of one another, but let’s pray for one another. Let’s face it; no one is perfect. No one will get it right all the time. We all fall short. What we should seek to do when we find ourselves in the wrong is to apologize, accept responsibility, forgive each other, and work to make our work lives enjoyable and trusting.
I want to share two scriptures this Friday:
Whoever restrains his words has knowledge, and he who has a cool spirit is a person of understanding. Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise; when he closes his lips, he is deemed intelligent.
Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.