November 9, 2017 – Thursday
2 Timothy 1:7 (NKJV) For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
For years, I found myself thinking of my dreams and goals, and wondering where I was headed in life. Yet, fear caused me to talk myself out of opportunities. I feared not being smart. I feared not being able to work full-time and go to college. I also feared going back to college would mean neglecting my family. So, I retreated into negativity and counted myself out. One mountain of impediments after another always seemed to stand in my pathway.
Finally, I realized my fear was based on a lack of faith. This crippling fear was contrary to the fact that I, a child of the Most High, made in the image and likeness of my Creator, only needed to realize Who I belonged to and Who was for me. I only focused on the physical person I could see in the mirror – I was not seeing through the eyes of faith.
Our Lord wants you and me, as Christian public servants, to turn our fears over to Him. He wants you and me not to give into what on the surface seems impossible. He wants us to approach our fears seeing through the eyes of faith rather than through our own human frailties. After all, look who Jesus called to become apostles – the unqualified. Yet they would spread the Gospel through the eyes of faith.
Now I know that, through strength and determination only offered through faith, I can be successful in my job and at school. And guess what? I graduated!
At work today, when you are faced with challenges – unrealistic project deadlines, problem meetings, promotion issues – do not be afraid. Rather, remember to see through the eyes of faith beyond the obstacles. Know God does not give a spirit of fear, but one of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
God, please help me understand who I am as Your child. Each workday, teach me to fear not the obstacles that may interfere with the goals and the paths You set up for me. Let me see through the eyes of faith so I always have confidence in Your infinite wisdom, love, and power. In Jesus’s heavenly name, I pray. Amen.
Malcolm Jones, MPA
Local Probation Officer
Norfolk Criminal Justice Services
Norfolk, Virginia USA