Suffering for righteousness’ sake

“but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect,”

1 Peter 3:15 ESV

When I graduated from college back in 2009, I did not spend a week for vacation  and I immediately went to the metro and looked for a job. I first applied in a startup call center and I was asked one question after the final evaluation. “Why do you think you deserve to proceed to the next phase?”. I knew for myself that I am not equipped yet, but I lied. I went ahead and said “because I already know the process and I am an expert”. An hour after, the results came and I was declined to get into the next phase. By God’s grace I got hired in another call center (this time it’s a global leader in the BPO industry), and I was asked the same question. This time, I reflected to just tell the truth and I said “I know I’ve had enough from my experience, but I am willing to learn more” and I passed that phase.

If there is one lesson I would suggest about living your life the fullest, it would be “integrity”. That very moment the Recruitment officer said “congratulations!”, I made a vow to treasure this job and work with integrity. Today, I am now working as a supervisor and had been receiving so many blessings in terms or promotion, salary, recommendations, and rewards.

The bible is a clear authority of being authentic in everything that we do. When you work with integrity, you are honoring God. When you honor God, you are already wearing an armor that will protect you from harm. Such harm could be an attack of a co-employee or an issue that may be thrown to your account.

That’s why it’s said “do it with gentleness and respect” because your honesty to the people you deal with is a sure sign of respect. In whatever way you present your point of view, as long as it is for righteousness’ sake, He will protect you. Always claim the promises that God has written in the bible, for it is an assurance of things that we hope for.