Some quick encouragement for your week…
I have been meeting weekly with a friend whose work choices put him in a really bad place. This scripture is powerful for him, but for all of us, as well. Wrap your arms around this. Claim it for your work week!
Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
The LORD is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
and his understanding no one can fathom.
He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.
Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;
but those who hope in the LORD
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.
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Posted in Adversity on July 8, 2010 |
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If you have a heartbeat, you have likely been undermined by a co-worker. The quiet whispers behind your back from an aggressive, greedy, success driven peer.
Let’s assume for the moment that you didn’t deserve it. He or she plants these seeds with your boss, or a peer, or even your own team. You find out. It’s not the first time. You have had it.
So, as a Christian, how do you respond?
Jesus, ah Jesus…he told us clearly to “love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you”! (Matthew 5:43-48) That’s not exactly what you had in mind, was it?
In our Bridging the Gap group today, we discussed example after example of this workplace “back stabbing”. We discussed several approaches. None of them are easy. But here you go:
- Ask God to be your advocate.
- Spend your energy guarding your own heart.
- Pray diligently for the offender and yourself.
- It’s ok to stand up for the truth.
- Pray diligently.
This is a really difficult workplace reality. You may have to pay a price. But doing the right thing, is always the right thing!
Holy Spirit, teach us…give us courage…to do the right thing when a co-worker attacks us. Amen
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Ok, let’s go deep today. In your work, you make many decisions every day. You contemplate strategies for the future, right? Jesus gave us a couple of great examples why…
Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Will he not first sit down and estimate the cost to see if he has enough money to complete it? For if he lays the foundation and is not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule him, saying, ‘This fellow began to build and was not able to finish.’
Or suppose a king is about to go to war against another king. Will he not first sit down and consider whether he is able with ten thousand men to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand? If he is not able, he will send a delegation while the other is still a long way off and will ask for terms of peace. Luke 14:28-32
But, what tool do we have to ensure that our decisions are consistent with God’s will for our work? This is so powerful…
But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. John 16:13
The Holy Spirit, the often overlooked third of the Trinity, is an incredibly powerful tool to guide us with our decisions and strategies at work.
In case you are not completely sold, read one more piece of wisdom from the Bible in 1 Corinthians 2:10-16.
Father, we so often simply pray just to you and your Son Jesus. Open our eyes Lord to the power of praying to the Holy Spirit, who will guide us to do your will…just as the Bible promises. Amen
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