The Christian Public Servant – “the only approval that really counts”

August 25, 2016 – Thursday

Reading
Galatians 1:10 [NIV] Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.

Reflection
Ouch! Does that verse hit you at the core?

It seems these days everyone wants to be liked. People seem to care more about friending and not offending than having a real conversation about doing the right thing for the right reasons.

You see it everywhere. You might be “friended” on Facebook until you write a comment that others don’t like. Then you’re unfriended and Twitter goes viral! And group chats suddenly cut you out because you stood up for something or someone – because it was the right thing to do.

And have you ever stood up to a department head who did not like what you said because it was not the answer he was looking for? I have, and I can tell you it is sometimes painful.

As a Christian public servant, doing the right thing for the right reason needs to be the standard – not the exception. And when it is, you are certainly winning His approval – the only approval that really counts.

Yes, today at work, as hard as it is sometimes – serve God and stop trying to please people. His really is the only approval that really counts.

Prayer
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for giving me strength to deal with difficult situations. Father, I ask for Your wisdom and guidance in all that I do, so my decisions are pleasing to You – even if they are not pleasing to others. May all that I do every day glorify You. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.

Wendy Standorf, PHR; IPMA-CP
Human Resources Director
City of West University Place
West University Place, Texas USA

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