Day 24: Working to serve others

As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace - 1 Peter 4:10

This past week I attended a Faith and Work Connections event in Dallas and was challenged to consider work as the means that I make myself available to serve others.

If I had started a business a few hundred years ago, my customers would most likely live close by. I would live in the community that needed my services, and the relationships would most likely be deeper as we interacted outside of my business. I would see my customers on the street, walking to the market, at church, at the hospital, at the town hall.

With many of my clients now, our photo session may be the only time we ever meet, and we still live in the same city. Because of that distance, it's difficult to get to know them. I ask many questions to get to know their photography and event needs, but it's a challenge to move past that to their personal needs.

We all have many needs and concerns in our lives, and some of them we may not be prepared to share with anyone. It's important to remember that life is hard for everyone, we all have bad days, and the grumpy face you see (or display) probably isn't personal.

It gives a different focus to my business when I put serving others and meeting their needs above worrying whether or not they will like me, which is my go-to response.

Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”— yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. - James 4:13-14

Who are the business community, suppliers, customers, and coworkers?

Add these people in your work community to your prayer list.