The Christian Public Servant – “nothing but that ridiculous employee handbook”

December 18, 2017 – Monday

Reading

1 John 3:24 [NIV] The one who keeps God’s commands lives in him, and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us.

Reflection

Ah, the employee handbook. While much of it makes sense and is absolutely needed, there’s always those quirky one-size-fits-all standards that makes you wonder who messed up so badly to necessitate a policy “like that.” And some expectations seem so outdated – especially in the age of electronics, emails, and the internet – that you wonder why on earth should they be followed? And then there’s the occasional supervisor who doesn’t seem to understand a standard yet feels the need to implement it according to her misguided assumptions. And you start to judge, that supervisor’s an idiot. You think, the handbook is stupid. Oh, on some days it’s easy to find nothing but that ridiculous employee handbook hampering your way.

Even in the workplace, scripture reminds us that obedience to God always comes first. Follow Him and trust in His word – even when you have nothing but that ridiculous employee handbook sitting on your desk and halting your productivity. And when you do obey Him, everything else will not seem as bad or pointless. Before you know it, He will help in finding a way to clear the clutter that stays your work.

Yes, somedays you will see nothing but that ridiculous employee handbook, and its poor implementation. But as a Christian public servant, your faithfulness to Him will help you through the mess.

Today at work, stay calm and obey Him. He lives in you, so respond by the Spirit He gives you – even when all you have is nothing but that ridiculous employee handbook!

Prayer

Heavenly Father, I will strive to obey You. Keep me strong through those ridiculously challenging times that may arise at work today. In Your Son’s name, I pray. Amen.

Meredith Pulsford, MPA
Operations Officer
Norfolk Police Department
Norfolk, Virginia USA

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