The Christian Public Servant – “meet the desires”

April 20, 2016 – Wednesday

Prayer
Psalm 145:16 [NIV] You open your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing.

Isaiah 58:11(a) [NIV] The Lord will guide you always;

Reflection
Some coworkers are annoying. One in my office is so competitive, winning is everything. He pursues every opportunity that comes along – regardless of what the prize is and whether the prize is even in his best interest. And then, when successful, he flaunts it to all who have ears in the breakroom.

Well, one day this annoying coworker was up against my good friend. Both were in line for an opportunity. While the supervisor preferred my friend, something happened to change all that. No, it had nothing to do with the annoying coworker. Rather, the change had to do with something my friend did. He withdrew his name from consideration. He let the annoying coworker have it.

“You what!! Why would you do that,” I asked? “Now we’ll all have to listen to that guy’s bragging.” My friend just smiled and said he prayed about it and discovered this opportunity just wasn’t for him. “I’ve decided to trust God to meet the desires of my heart – sorting out what I think are desires – and that includes in my career.”

What – meet the desires of his heart?!? Now, you might think my friend is crazy. Even Christian public servants, like you and me, face job competition. Like everyone else, we struggle to stand out – to be picked – to go up the career ladder.

But this doesn’t mean we can forget God is providing everything – meeting all of our needs – and guiding us as to which ladder to climb. So we needn’t worry about winning for the sake of winning. Our goal is not to keep someone from bragging!

Today at work, trust God to meet the desires of your work, your career, and your life. Trust Him to guide you. Competing just to gain something might well contradict God’s direction and disrespect His provision.

At work today, listen and have faith. His hand is open and you will be satisfied – more than you can imagine!

Prayer
Dear Lord, help me learn to rely on You at work. Let me trust in You to provide for my needs and the needs of those around me. Let my actions show faith in You rather than hope in my own human selfishness. In Your name, I pray. Amen.

Chip Harrell
M.A. Candidate
Roberson School of Government
Regent University
Virginia Beach, Virginia USA

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