How to incorporate our faith to manage uncertainty in the workplace

Co-workers complain because they can’t get work done.  Perhaps they could if they didn’t have to spend so much time putting out fires.  There is one crisis after the other.  People call in sick, something breaks, people are unhappy, they get unexpected phone calls, visitors bring unexpected work to the office, there are quarrels, disagreements, and they are called to unscheduled meetings.  As the week goes on I can feel my heart race.  Even when I am not involved in all of it I get anxious just being in the midst of it.
If all the activity weren’t enough the rumors start.  He is doing this, she is moving there, he might get that job, she isn’t going to, we might give her the raise, those jobs might go away, we aren’t certain if we will get that funding, they might move offices, and on and on an on.  I get a headache just thinking about it.  I can feel myself breathing hard–again!
So what do we do?
1.  Put it in context.  First of all this isn’t eternity, second our souls aren’t in danger, and third what is apart from God is uncertain.  He is our rock!  We must bring everything under Him to make sense of it all.  Many things seem unimportant after being compared to God.
2.  Take action, do nothing.  If I get a layoff slip then I can take action.  I can pray, make a resume, and start looking for work.  Rumors are rumors.  There is no action I can take to fix what is often faulty and misleading information.  Take action when you can take action and when there is no action to take then acknowledge you can do nothing.  In the mean time lift it up in prayer, concentrate on what is important in your life, and keep plugging away.
3.  Focus really hard!  While the world spins out of control focus on the work you have in front of you, focus on your values, goals, the ministries your involved in, your family, and what God is doing in your life.  Let the world spin.  As it does you’ve got work to do.  God is working on our behalf.  We will just wait to see how things unfold.
4.  Read and talk.  It sounds cliché to say pray and read the Bible, but oh what a real struggle it is to get those things done.  When I read God’s Word at night, even for a few minutes, it sticks in my soul.  It moves around and feeds me.  I feel His strength.  I often read commentaries to get deeper in the Word quickly.  Yes, quickly.  Good commentaries can help you see deeper into a passage.  Spending time meditating on Scripture is important, but if you are in a rush grab a good commentary, open your Bible, and get through a couple verses.
The workplace is an important part of our lives and helps us meet many needs, but it’s not the most important part of who we are.  We have a grander purpose for our existence.  We serve a God that has been around a while and watches over things.  He doesn’t leave us alone.  Providing us everything we need to get through work and handle the uncertainty that comes with it.  He has us where we are to do a great work for Him.  We can trust Him there.  Keep uncertainty in context, take action when you can, focus really hard, and read and talk to God.
For His glory.
Marcy Pedersen


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