The Christian Public Servant – “reason for the hope”

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November 29, 2017 – Wednesday

Reading

1 Peter 3:15(b) [NIV] Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.

Reflection

In my field of work, I take care of at-risk youth. My husband and I live with them as we rehabilitate them, and our young children live with us as well. Due to the nature of our work, we moved away from family and everything familiar to the location of our mission.

Many ask why we would leave our home, family, church family, and friends to take care of some “bad” kids. Others express concern over our children being negatively influenced, or maybe even hurt by such youth.

I always respond that my faith teaches service to others, and my God commands that I give of my time and talents to better this world. Even though our job is tough and the rewards are not immediately seen, we do what we do because we have hope – hope that our actions today will have a lasting impact on future generations. And the reason for the hope is Christ.

Perhaps you have forgotten the reason for the hope in your own field of work? Maybe you’ve hit a plateau on your job and are wondering why you just don’t up and quit. Well, I have news for you, my friend. All work is meaningful work, and will have an impact on somebody’s life. Do not lose hope in God’s purpose for your work and career.

At work today, when someone asks: do not be afraid to speak of the reason for the hope. Let everyone know you follow His will and continue to work your hardest every day, trusting that He has great things in store for you.

Yes, freely express the reason for the hope for the work that you do. Christ!

Prayer

Dear Lord, thank You for all You are doing for me. Thank You for instilling within me a heart for service. I pray I will continue to proclaim the reason for the Hope – whatever work I do will be made meaningful in Your will. In Your name, I pray. Amen.

MeShel M.J Bussey, MPA
Robertson School of Government
Regent University
Virginia Beach, Virginia USA

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