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Our office received a phone call yesterday from an upset woman. She was calling to complain about the behavior of one of our employees who was driving one of our company vans. She wrote down the phone number and van number, and she called in to voice her complaint.
When I received the news, I naturally called my employee to get his side of the story. After listening to his story, I spoke with him about the importance of representing our company well. After all, he was driving around in a mobile billboard – a van with our company’s logo plastered in huge letters across the side of his van.
I represent the company I work for. Sometimes people see this on the logo stitched on my coat. Sometimes they see it as a result of seeing my business card.
I represent my college. My co-workers know where I went to college, and I want to make sure I am doing my best to represent my school well.
I represent my family and my family name. I want the Stolpe family name to stand for something good – to represent care, concern, and action. Whenever I take action (or fail to take action) people are forming their opinion about me and my family.
And finally, I represent my faith. My prayer every morning is this: “Lord, help me to represent you well today.” People will form their opinion about my faith, my God and my Savior based on my words and my actions. Therefore, it is important for me to speak and act well.
Paul had this to say to the people of Colossi:
And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father. Colossians 3:17 (NLT)
To help us out in making this a reality in our lives, here are five ways to represent well:
Our actions and words have consequences. At the office today, I will have to deal with the phone call our office received yesterday. I know my team member will think differently before he acts in the future, and I think I learned a thing or two through this experience as well.
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