January 28, 2016 – Thursday
Isaiah 65:17-18 (NAB) See, I am creating new heavens and a new earth; the former things shall not be remembered nor come to mind. Instead, shout for joy and be glad forever in what I am creating.
In class yesterday, a young preschooler told me it was Paradise Day and “there was no rain on that day.” I have no idea where she came up with this idea, but it made me smile. After all, I tend to think of my workplace as a long way from paradise! It’s full of messy, noisy children and tired, overworked adults. But on that day, I felt incredible joy thinking about that one word – paradise – and realizing my workplace is really not that far from paradise!
Like me, you may work in less than ideal conditions — but it’s really not that far from paradise. As a Christian public servant, look past those dirty floors, that “out of order” sign on the restroom door, and your grumbling coworker.
Each day God is making your workplace part of His new earth. So truly look around. Have eyes like a child and shout for joy in what you see!
Your workplace is really not that far from paradise.
Lord, I love You so much, and I know You are in my life and thus in my workplace. Teach me how to be open and present with You in all my thoughts and actions. Let me see a paradise for Your glory in my workplace today and every day. Like a small child, I will shout for joy and be glad forever. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen.
Robertson School of Government
em>Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA