Grace and peace to the saints, the followers of Christ.
John walked slowly down the quiet hall when Chris, his boss, greeted him. “Hello John, you need to listen to me. You have great $5 ideas. But, we have $10 ideas. You need to learn to start listening and do what your told. I hope that makes sense to you John.”
Have you ever been ambushed by a boss or a friend? I have. It’s sad really, because the greeting can a powerful tool. Or, it can be the bane of your existence. In the true scenario above, Chris (names changed) never realized that he totally shut John down. After that conversation, John did exactly as he was told, never pointed out any problems, and never offered any new ideas. John also didn’t work there for much longer either. What a waste.
Greetings have changed a lot over the years. In the bible, “Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.” is a common greeting. Ephesians 1:1-2, Romans 1:7, 2 Corinthians 1:2, Galatians 1:3, and Titus 1:4, to name a few.
If we update that greeting to today, here is a far better way to look at greetings.
Chris looked up at the monitor and felt the stress of every employee. A sluggish economy meant work wouldn’t be any better this year. The fear in his employee’s eyes was palpable. He vowed to do whatever he could to ease the strain: any excuse to have a small celebration, to reward good work, and to encourage strong relationships. Most of all, he made it a point to look into the eyes of every employee and give them a friendly greeting and comment about some detail of their life.
Showing that we care for each other is a key ingredient for building trust and adds enormous benefit to the effectiveness of everyone’s work.
Charis and eirene to you, grace and peace to you.