The Christian Public Servant – “does not change like shifting shadows”

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January 31, 2018 – Wednesday

Reading

James 1:17 [NIV] Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.

Deuteronomy 31:6 [NIV] Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.

Reflection

It seems like workplaces are changing so rapidly nowadays. A major reorganization. New management. Change in health care programs. Change in retirement benefits. Transition from full-time to out-source. Some coworkers told this is their last day. Others wait in agony. Things at work can change at such a fast pace that it’s enough to make even the most adapted person’s head spin. And the change that brings on the head-spin also brings on the sleepless night.

Scripture reminds us that the Israelites were also impacted by change, from Moses to Joshua, as they prepared for even greater change – entering the Promise Land. Can you imagine the tension they must have felt? Well, scripture also reminds us that God is in control of all situations. Unlike the uncertainty of workplace transition, He does not change like shifting shadows. And when change occurs, He will not leave us.

So, are you experiencing the stress of change in your workplace? Feeling anxious? Be strong and do not lose focus on the Father. Be courageous and do not become self-absorbed about how change impacts you. Do not chase shadows at work or take them home at night. Instead, have faith because, unlike the change you face, He does not change like shifting shadows.

Today, when you feel overwhelmed with change at work, know His gifts are good and perfect. His gifts are certain because He does not change like shifting shadows. He will not forsake you – especially in workplace change.

Prayer

Dear God, on this workday I humbly admit the pace of change sometimes causes anxiety. Help me lean on You and remain focused on assisting the community and caring for others as I serve in my job. Thank You, for the opportunity You have provided me, to be a public servant in ways that can bring honor and glory to You. In Your Son’s name, I pray. Amen.

Lou Lassiter, M.A.
Deputy County Administrator
Chesterfield County
Chesterfield, Virginia USA

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