How do you go to work? I don’t mean what transportation you use to get there or what highway you take to get there. But my question is…What direction do your mind, will, and emotions take on your way to work and when you arrive at work?
The Burdensome Way to Work:
I will reach work overwhelmed and defeated when I dwell on the difficulties and problems that bring fear and anxiety and pressure me from every side to try and solve them on my own. When I become preoccupied with the problem instead of the one who is the problem solver, it will weigh heavily on me.
Consider This: Jesus’ words in Matthew 11:28-30, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle, and you will find rest for your souls, for my yoke fits perfectly, and the burden I give you is light.”
The Bitter Way to Work:
I will reach work with a sour attitude when my mind is preoccupied with a person or circumstance at work that has hurt or angered me. Focusing on these without considering or applying God’s help will cause me to become more deeply enraged and bitter. This will affect every area of my life.
Consider This: Ephesians 4:26-27, 31-32, “Don’t sin by letting anger gain control over you. Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, for anger gives a mighty foothold to the devil. Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of malicious behavior. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.”
The Better Way to Work:
I will reach work with peace and confidence when I go in dependence upon God, and turn to Him in all matters, by asking for His guidance and help when things come up. This will remind me that God is up to something in the circumstances at work, even if I do not see or understand them at the time. He only asks me to walk in humble faith, trusting Him and walking in obedience to Him.
Consider This: Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.”
A path can be a routine way we take regularly. When we choose to take a certain course in our thoughts or actions, we develop routine habits, which become like a road we often travel. What path do you take when you go to work? Why not prepare yourself for work the right way by taking the path of prayer, or the way of reflecting on God’s truth and how it applies to your work. It is the best way to prepare yourself for the opportunities ahead!