The Christian Public Servant – “follow through”

July 25, 2017 – Tuesday

Reading
Ruth 1:16 [NIV] But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God.”

Reflection
Could you blame Ruth if she had returned to her home where everything was familiar? Me neither! Yet, she decided to stay with Naomi. And what she declares is important because it sheds light on her success in ultimately finding Boaz. Ruth knew she needed someone (Naomi) to hold her accountable and encourage her. She also needed a plan to set in motion her success. Ultimately, she needed an oath with God. There would be days of temptation to turn back, but Ruth would have the strength to follow through on her decision.

We make decisions at work each day. But when push comes to shove, it’s not always easy to follow throughespecially when it counts. So much can happen between point A and point B. Altered deadlines. New issues. Revised budgets. Somewhere along the line, we can falter and turn back.

As Christian public servants, you and I must be like Ruth. We need to have the highest level of determination to follow through on all tasks at work. And we also need to trust God and surround ourselves with the right people – coworkers who will hold us accountable and call us out if we start to stray from the purpose and decision.

Whatever daunting work-tasks you face today, do as Ruth did: create an inner circle, plan, and make a covenant with God. Do as Ruth did, and you will be able to follow through on anything this workday has to offer.

Prayer
Father, I thank You for placing tasks before me and for providing supervisors and coworkers who hold me in support. Give me strength in moments of weakness and hold me accountable for the greatness that is within. Continue to do Your work in me and through my work. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.

Kathryn Saunders
Head Soccer Coach
Southern University
Houston, Texas USA

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