Are you stuck in a rut? Having trouble dealing with that one person at work that knows just the right button to push, and does it just for sport? Do you have trouble letting go of the small things that happen throughout your day, so they pile up and stress you out?
I think we have all been in one or all of these situations. How we handle ourselves and deal with these issues show those around us a lot about who we are. We all have a bad day; but is every day a bad day?
I worked in the medical field for about 20 years. People are at their worst when they are sick, and some days you question why you do what you do because it just doesn’t seem to be worth it. For the past six months I have been working at a school for middle and high school children with learning disabilities. This has a whole different set of challenges to face on a daily basis.
Many years ago, when I first truly began my walk with God, I came across a Bible verse that has helped me through many difficult days.
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men. Colossians 3:23
In situations when I had a difficult patient or family member, co-worker or supervisor, I would remember this verse. God gave me the gifts and abilities to remain calm under pressure, to be compassionate and understanding, to be patient and kind. It is my responsibility to use those gifts to glorify him. He is always there for me to draw strength from and sometimes the best way to draw that strength is through his word.
So, the next time that co-worker trods across that sensitive spot, remember that God made you who you are and it doesn’t matter what that co-worker thinks. As long as you are doing your job to the absolute best of your ability and doing it as though you are doing it for God, that is what is important.
Sometimes the solution to the problem is just an adjustment in our perspective. Whether it is your job, coaching your son’s little league team, being the troop leader for your daughter’s Girl Scout troop, do it as if you are working for the Lord and not for man. I sure felt more fulfilled and my job was more rewarding when I adjusted my perspective.
All you have to do to change your perspective is decide who you are working for, God or man.