Too often in life, we try to open doors with the wrong key. I'm not talking about fumbling for a door key on a dark evening.
At work, fear is a weapon that comes out of its holster quite often. If you have been on the job for more than a few years, you are likely to have run into people in many different positions and job titles who try to use fear to get what they want.
Motivating others through fear is also a trick used by the enemy of our souls. By triggering "what-if" thinking, he hopes to distract us from the Truth about ourselves, our destiny and our lives. He bullies and cows us into wrong decisions that result in less than God's best for us.
Unwittingly, people at work have become the devil's accomplice by adopting this weapon as their own. They understand that fear is a motivator, but they fail to comprehend the damage that fear does along the way.
Fear's evil cousins, anxiety and stress, gnaw away at the physical and mental health of everyone subject to them. An environment of fear may produce short-term results, but it quickly leads to negative side-effects. Companies and organizations that embrace fear as the primary motivator stifle creativity, encourage employee attrition and cause customer service to wither.
Bosses who embrace fear are taking years off their employee's lives and confusing dread with respect. A good boss can motivate employees without resorting to constantly harping on possible negative consequences.
There is one sure-fire antidote to fear: love. "There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love" (1 John 4:18).
Real caring for the welfare of our bosses, co-workers and customers helps us to dispel fear on a daily basis. As we take God to work, we learn to pray for all those around us. We bind the the spirit of fear that tries to enslave our job sites and offices. Our prayers release God's power of love to inhabit everywhere we walk, conduct meetings and serve our customers.
The words we speak to those around us at work can offer encouragement, hope and freedom from fear. By rejecting the tactic of inducing fear and refusing to be fearful, we disarm one of the enemy's most damaging weapons. Resolve this week to reject fear and embrace love at work. You will be thankful that you did.
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