“Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing
with one another in love.” – Ephesians 4:2 (NIV)
Helen was the hiring manager at a large company. She had spent time studying The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman, a book about the different ways people prefer to receive love. She’d already experienced the power of identifying the love languages of her friends and family.
Now, she wanted to apply what she learned to her professional life, too. She began studying her co-workers, looking to understand what motivated each one and how they preferred to have their accomplishments celebrated.
She started with Delaney and quickly discovered the woman loved acts of service. So when Helen noticed Delaney was stressed one day, she offered to do a task for the other woman so she could catch up on work.
Then she turned her attention to her supervisor, Margret. The woman always had a sour expression and always seemed like she wanted to be anywhere but work.
Helen paid attention and eventually found that Margret preferred to receive gifts. So, she learned how she liked her coffee and bought an extra cup each afternoon to give to her supervisor.
Learning about love languages made it easier for Helen to share her appreciation for her co-workers. It also improved office morale and made a positive impact on the company’s work environment.
God, please help me to show my co-workers and others Your love. Give me insight so I can effectively reach out to those around me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.