“Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children.” – Titus 2:3-4, NIV
Melody and her husband had only been married a few months when he lost his job. They couldn’t afford their apartment rent with the money she made as a waitress. So, Melody moved into her in-laws’ basement.
This further strained her already tense relationship with her them. No matter what she did, Melody felt like she couldn’t do anything right. Her in-laws made decisions for her and treated her like a child.
Finally, the frustration got to Melody. On her break in the employee lounge of the restaurant, she started looking up divorce attorneys. As she debated on dialing the number, Edith, who was the newest employee, came into the lounge.
The older woman asked to sit at Melody’s table. The two of them began talking and discovered they liked some of the same activities. When Edith asked Melody about her relationships, Melody blurted out the whole story.
Edith asked to pray for Melody and encouraged her to stand strong. Over the coming months when Melody had a marital problem, she sought out Edith. The older woman was faithful to offer her grace and kindness.
Years later, Melody is thankful she listened to Edith. “My husband and I have both grown a lot. We have two beautiful daughters, and our marriage is good. It took a while to get to this place. It was Edith’s encouragement that helped me through it all. She was a loving mentor.”
God, help me to take a genuine interest in my co-workers. Show me how to encourage and love them as Your disciple. In Jesus’ name, Amen.