A New and Holier Way

By: Dave Niswonger

2 Timothy 2:24-26

And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. Opponents must be gently instructed, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.


In leading a new office, I wanted to do things right, “in the Lord”, developing a new and holier way of relating. Human relationships are complex and baffling and can deteriorate into discord and disunity.

Fortunately, I was not alone in my efforts. The office was made up of about a dozen coworkers. Of these, four were my core-work team and each had a personal relationship with the Lord.

After a recent fallout and subsequent restructuring in our workplace, we’re seeking to bring healing to our frayed emotions and those of our coworkers, while also gently encouraging better modes of relating. I find myself speaking more openly of God, calling on the core team to live out our faith in the way we work and relate together, seek God’s help, acknowledge his blessings and guidance, and share testimony of his work in our lives and office.

My goal is to be Christ to my coworkers, the calm in the storm, sharing truth and life, encouraging love, forgiveness and healing.

I find myself drawn into prayer more frequently during the day. God is stretching and healing me as well as my coworkers. I have to remember that this is his work and my job is to cooperate with him. My wife, Vicki, has been an invaluable support to me prayerfully and emotionally during all of this.

I believe that our work team, coming from different faith experiences, is starting to see this as a walk in faith, called by our loving Father, led by the Son, and empowered by the Holy Spirit.


TAKE THE CHALLENGE: To what areas of my life is God calling me to bring healing and encouragement?