Sometimes it’s easier to see a speck of sawdust in someone else’s eye than it is to see the plank in your own (Matthew 7:3). It’s human nature. When you feel threatened by the perceived success of a coworker or the fear of corrective action from a supervisor, warranted or not, it is easier to tear that person down than it is to build them up. Whether an internal monologue or spoken aloud, it’s important to give others the benefit of the doubt. Because we each have our own things to work out.
In Philippians 2:12-13, Paul instructs the church of Philippi to work out their own salvation. Anyone who has flown on an airplane knows that, in case of emergency, it is important to first place one’s own oxygen mask before assisting someone else with theirs. Why? You might pass out! Taking care of your own challenges before focusing on those of another is exactly what Paul is suggesting.
So don’t waste oxygen calling out the shortcomings of Bill in accounting or Sandra in HR. Focus on what you can do today, right now, to be the best Christ-follower you can be. You might just improve your workplace culture in the process.