Refocus

“Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.” Romans 12:10

workingWhen it comes to work, I am naturally detail-oriented, I like to stay on task until I finish what I’ve started, and I like to begin projects far enough in advance so that I never miss a deadline. Sometimes, I get so focus driven on the job before me that I become oblivious to everything and everyone around me. Just yesterday, for example, my manager came to my desk to ask me if I was coming to our monthly Team Meeting which had already begun. Oops!

For those of you like me, I think you will agree that our greatest frustration comes from constant interruptions. One meeting after another. Clients dropping by without an appointment. An urgent email needing a more detailed response than usual. A talkative co-worker wanting to tell you all about her weekend. You get the point.

But while such dedication to one’s work may be applauded by some, could it be that as Christians we are actually missing the mark? Don’t get me wrong; we are to strive for excellence in all we do as employees so that God may be glorified. But in God’s eyes, these are not interruptions. These are people! And God regards them as a priority. In contrast, our paperwork has no eternal value.

I was initially ashamed when God first revealed this truth to me. This revelation propelled me to change. If someone came to my desk, I immediately stopped what I was working on and gave that person my full, undivided attention. After asking their question or sharing what they needed, they quickly moved on. They actually never took as much time as I had originally thought.

Furthermore, I learned these weren’t only people; these were also God-given opportunities for ministry. Unless you are willing to invest your time in others, you don’t really earn the right to speak into their lives. By taking the time to listen and being genuinely interested in what they have to say, they will know without a doubt that you really care.

And why not go out of your way to be pro-active? Don’t wait for them to come to you with their weekend stories. Make time in your day to ask them about their weekend. Write an encouraging note and leave it on their keyboard. Let them know how they inspire or encourage you.

Finally, guard yourself from believing that this is all about you ministering to them. I have seen God repeatedly use these new and growing relationships to teach me valuable lessons that I would have never learned on my own.

Isn’t it just like God to make it a win-win situation for everyone?!

PRAYER: Lord, may I lovingly pursue relationships the way you have pursued and loved me. Amen.

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4 thoughts on “Refocus

  1. Any pastor has to deal with the exact challenge you are speaking about. There are days when the phone won’t stop ringing and my office seems to have a revolving door — all while I’m trying to prepare a sermon or Bible study or whatever.

    That’s when the Holy Spirit reminds me, as He did you, that we are in the people business. Both of our jobs are geared toward helping people above all. The difficulty is that we have to keep “scorecards” called paperwork. And we get hung up on that piece while the important parts of what we do are walking past us on the street, in the office and even at home.

    When we can focus on Jesus in whatever we do, if we can reflect the Creator’s love in all that we do, then we have mad a giant stride toward Christian maturity! The answer to every question should include the Lord. When we are able (and willing) to do that, we have taken a giant stride toward true worship of God. I pray that each person reading this will remember that long after the paperwork is filed and not looked at again, out true callin g will still be to serve others in the name of the Lord!

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      • That was soooo good Lydia! I needed to be reminded of this. I try to keep it in front of my mind because I know I would want people to listen to me. This devotion was so good and just what I needed. We all, as the body of Christ, need desperately to act like this and realize this is what it is all about………People. People are what makes a difference!!!!! We can make a difference in people’s lives and that should encourage and motivate us. It should be our primary goal each day whether we are at work, school, home, church….wherever we may be.
        Thank you again for your anointed devotion that you shared with us! Have a blessed day!!!

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