12th August, 2019
Its Eid ul Adha, but I am at work. I had to come. And I needed to reflect.
It is one year since I joined my current place of work, as a HR practitioner.
And today I reflect on the journey: the lessons, the joys, the frustrations and above all else, finding God available each day.
1. Allow people the autonomy to work.
As a perfectionist, this has not been easy. We require nothing but perfection. In our village we’d say “I cannot allow you to make a mistake as I see”.
But it is a beautiful thing to believe that one can do it and do it better than me . It is a key aspect of leadership. And that is how other leaders are made. It is a trust issue, and it must be fought till we believe in others.
2. Extend Grace.
People can be malicious. Wicked. But extending Grace makes the whole difference. There are moments I’ve allowed a “maybe he/she didn’t intend, didn’t know this… ” and in so doing I’ve protected my heart for the schemes of the enemy that bring bitterness and strife.
I en-devour to :bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you” (Colossians 3:13, NIV).
Just as we don’t deserve God’s forgiveness, someone you know may not deserve yours. We are still commanded to forgive them.
3. Quoting Desiring God’s post on May 25, 2017, Work should never be the source of my “self-esteem” or make me feel more “important,”. These things should be gotten freely from God. I should never place value on man-centered achievement and applause. God tells me he loved me and chose me to be his daughter before the foundation of the world, whether I work at home or in Safaricom (Ephesians 1:3–4).
4. Jobs rarely give a lasting satisfaction. Only God does.
There are seasons you want to quit. Many that you consider changing careers. Many that you wonder if God is really present. I am grateful for such times. When I first came across the verse on Ecc 7:2-3 that
“It is better to go to the house of mourning than to go to the house of feasting, For that is the end of all men; And the living will take it to heart.
That sorrow is better than laughter, For by a sad countenance the heart is made better” I wondered if Solomon, a man who loved pleasure meant it.
But it is in such moments when we invite the Lord to help us at work. We begin to realize we can’t do without Him. We begin to ask Him, as HRs, to Set a guard over our mouths; to Keep watch over the door of our lips (Psa. 141:3).
We begin to realize we cannot offer comfort unless we ourselves have been comforted.
We begin to set Him always before us.
We begin to realize that His grace is made perfect in weakness…and we allow Him to take the glory when we are seeking recognition.
We have had stories of staff exits that are celebrated. People rejoicing over someone’s exit. I think we should all take an opportunity to reflect on our work lives. What celebration will people hold on your last day at work? Thanksgiving for a life well lived, and envy for the company you will be moving to, or will the celebration be about a bothersome,manipulative, lazy, uncooperative, thief, dictator …etc) staff that has left?
Most importantly, what will the Lord say of you on your exit day?
‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’
‘Throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ (Matt 25: 23-30)
So find joy at work in staying near the Lord. Set Him always before you.
Read Psalms over and again especially when emotional. You will find Him and find Him closer. People will think you are strong. And you will smile knowing you are weak, but you draw strength from God.
And He will make the crooked places straight. He will break in pieces the gates of brass, and cut in sunder the bars of iron (Isa 45:2)