The Christian Public Servant – “lunchtime with God”

July 10, 2017 – Monday

Reading
Proverbs 15:33 [KJV] The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom; and before honor is humility.

Reflection
There are many ways workers spend their lunchbreak. Most days, I spend mine with a salad and the computer screen displaying some learned article or course text. The time spent feeds both my body and mind.

One afternoon I was munching along and reading an article with the main message, “Who you are is how you lead.” The article asked the reader to identify words or phrases that best define who you are. In response, I found myself thinking, “What makes God happy?” “Do I appreciate God’s creation around me?” And finally, “What makes me happy?”

Before I even realized it, I was spending lunchtime with God!

While the article’s aim was to help others produce their best at work, I realized God’s Word gives me the best self-help and professional development. In fact, including God in my day-to-day work is the only way I can do my best.

So, are you making God happy on this workday? I know, some days being a good Christian public servant just takes a little more time and effort. It’s not always easy to make Him happy.

Today, why not spend lunchtime with God? The time spent will not only make God happy, it will help you do your best for the remainder of the workday.

Prayer
Father, please never let me get so full of myself, or full of the analytical philosophies of professional self-help, that I can’t see Your hand and guidance in all things. Let Your Spirit guide me to become a better person and leader. Please keep me uncomplicated, humble, and ready to serve all so that You receive the glory. I pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Patricia A. Maley, AICP
Senior Planner
City of Wilmington
Wilmington, Delaware USA

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