Whenever we meet up, a recurring theme for sharing is the travails we face at work. It’s no coincidence that ‘travail’ means work in French so I guess that’s that then. The problem with tough economic climate is it produces a sort of ‘dog-eat-dog’ or ‘every man for themselves’ kind of attitude. Management are so focussed on keeping their jobs that they are no longer in a position to offer the support and mentoring their team requires.
We give thanks that prayer requests we have been making since last year have been answered and in God’s own way, the answers crept upon us unexpectedly, catching us by surprise. Sharing this testimony last week allowed one of us to draw strength from the fact that as they are currently going through the same situation now, and have seen how God dealt with it for another, they need not fear, safe in the knowledge that He has it all in hand.
The most difficult thing about problems in the workplace is the feeling of worthlessness and inadequacy as one of us was made to feel. God’s answer? Psalm 139:5 – “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;”. By no conincidence (mainly because God doesn’t do coincidence) this was the Psalm I heard in church just 4 hours earlier. We agreed that this would be our mantra for the week and so far, so good.
I remember a sermon Creflo Dollar gave at New Wine Church a couple of years back along the lines of ‘If you’re looking for appreciation for the work you do, that’s not what’s in your contract; you’re already drawing a salary for that”.
Focus on the work you do for the Glory of God and not yourself, let Him deal with the office politics on your behalf and even if there’s upheaval at your place of work remember, Psalm 91:7 tells us “A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.”