The Christian Public Servant – “no bad days at the office”
July 12, 2016 – Tuesday
James 1:2-4 [NIV] Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
Many days, the closer I get to the office, the more I become overwhelmed with anxiety. This anxiety sets the tone for my day, and I react with angst, distrust and… well … type-A activity. Over the course of the day, this stress negatively impacts my workplace relationships, my job performance and my family. As tasks, meetings, and conversations become harder to manage, my stress levels can go off the charts.
The only way I can find peace in the midst of chaos is to realize God is not going to clear all the difficult people and crazy assignments from my life just because I get nervous. He’s not going to end deadlines in my work, just because I give into anxiety. No! He places trials in front of me to test my faith and testing my faith produces perseverance.
As long as I rely upon God to overcome my stress, I know there are no bad days at the office – really. In fact, happiness is a choice, one that I can make at any moment if I have faith. And if I have faith, I gain perseverance and that is how I control my thoughts and emotions. That is how I fight anxiety.
How about you? Do you suffer from workplace stress? Do you find it difficult to maintain healthy workplace relationships? Do you feel tested?
Before you go to work today, have faith in Him. Let perseverance finish its course. After all, there are no bad days at the office. How could there be with Him in charge?
Father God, as my workday begins, let me give my anxiety to You. Help me shift my focus from feeling burdened to feeling like Your good servant. Only through You, I know I am in control of my thoughts and emotions. Through every trial today, my faith will let me persevere. In Your Son’s name, I pray. Amen.
Q/C Development Lab Supervisor
Madison, Mississippi USA
and MPPA Candidate
Department of Public Policy & Administration
Jackson State University
Jackson, Mississippi USA