The Christian Public Servant – “drowning in the sea of what-ifs”

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April 30, 2018 – Monday

Reading

James 2:17(b) [MSG] Isn’t it obvious that God-talk without God-acts is outrageous nonsense?

1 John 3:17 [MSG] If you see some brother or sister in need and have the means to do something about it but turn a cold shoulder and do nothing, what happens to God’s love? It disappears. And you made it disappear.

Reflection

A coworker was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. She informed HR, and she confided in me at lunch. Obviously, she is in trauma. A young woman with a toddler and no husband. While she has an excellent medical team still determining the full extent of the disease, she is drowning in the sea of what-ifs. And these thoughts lead her to the worst possible scenario. Even before she must take off work-time for whatever may come, she is having difficulty staying focused on her job tasks. She is falling behind, and this adds further stress.

So, we prayed, and suddenly the Holy Spirit moved me. Whenever she feels drowning in the sea of what-ifs, I will step in and take on some of her case load. It might be for an hour during the day, or perhaps for an entire workday. I cannot take away the diagnoses, but I can help take away some of the workplace stress.

Scripture reminds us that faith by itself is simply not enough. And there is an old African prayer that says, “when you pray, move your feet.” You and I cannot do everything to help a coworker in trauma, but we can do many things.

If you know a coworker drowning in the sea of what-ifs, don’t turn a cold shoulder and do nothing. Take responsibility for God-acts.

Today at work, don’t be the reason why His love disappears! Don’t let it disappear.

Prayer

Dear God, that You for Your love that leads to the gift of serving others. Show and guide me toward Your people who are drowning in the sea of what-ifs at work today. Give me strength to do, not just to talk. In Jesus’ Name, I pray. Amen.

Renata Rankin
Disability adjudicator
MS Disability
Jackson, Mississippi USA
and MPA Candidate
Belhaven University
Jackson, Mississippi USA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Christian Public Servant – “a chance to listen”

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April 27, 2018 – Friday

Reading

Psalm 46:10 [KJV] Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.

Reflection

“Slow down and enjoy life.” My mom and grand mom used to tell me this all the time. But I did not know what it really meant until I gave my life to Jesus and started advancing His Kingdom here on Life Row.

It is noisy where I work. I imagine it may be noisy where you work, too. And things get hectic, don’t they? Stressful. Hardly able to think.

But when we are still, we get a chance to listen to God. We hear God’s instructions about how to solve problems, encourage others, and get things done.

No matter what happens today at work, no matter how noisy or hectic or stressful things get, slow down a bit. Take a chance to listen to Him. Learn more about the Great Father you serve. Understand more about His plans for your workday and your life.

As this workweek ends, slow down a bit. Be still, and be refreshed by your Lord.

And you will enjoy the day!

Prayer

Father, in the name of Jesus, I pray. Thank You for Your patience with me so I can slow down and be still long enough to know more about You and share it with others. Amen.

Jimmy Davis, Jr.
Z-557 Unit N-10
death row
Holman Correctional Facility
Alabama Department of Corrections
Atmore, Alabama USA

The Christian Public Servant – “foolish enough”

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April 26, 2918 – Thursday

Reading

Psalm 14:1 [ESV] The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds; there is none who does good.

Reflection

A friend once debated the president of a national atheist society about the role of God in society. While the atheist tried to get off track, showing the hypocrisy of many Christians, my friend focused on what is important: God created us, and if we stay close to Him, we will do good.

All humans are made in the image of God. The value of human life is established because of this fact. When God is taken out of the equation – taken out of the philosophy of causation – humankind is left to itself to create values with its own meaning of existence. We create gods to replace God. Human chaos and devaluation of life results when we believe there is no God.

Today remember, God exists. He exists in your life, including your work-life. Do not create your own gods at work. Do not deny the one true God is at work in your workplace. Seek only God when you go to work today, and when you travel back home tonight. If you are foolish enough to deny God, only chaos will result. Only corruption will prevail – in your work and in your heart – and you will not do good.

Today at work, do not be like that atheist. Do not be foolish enough to deny God is real. No good will come of it.

Prayer

Father, at work today, and throughout my life, I proclaim You made me! I proclaim You exist! In Your Son’s name, I pray. Amen.

Chris Summers
Chaplain
W.C. Holman Correctional Facility
Alabama Department of Corrections
Atmore, Alabama USA

The Christian Public Servant – “with the faith and joy of a child”

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April 25, 2018 – Wednesday

Reading

Matthew 18: 3-4 [ESV] Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

Reflection

Last week, I babysat my two young cousins. They’re at that precious age where questions flow like water. Eventually their questions centered on God. They asked me how God rescued Daniel from the Lion’s den. I replied that He sent His angel to protect Daniel. I then asked if they thought Daniel was crazy for doing something that put him in danger. One cousin said quickly, Daniel knew God would protect him. Not to be outdone the other cousin said “I love God, Uncle Brock. I would go in the lion’s den because I love him so much.” Amused, I asked him why he loved God so much. “That’s silly Uncle Brock, because he loves me.”

A child is one of the most amazing gifts in the world. No wonder God expects us to become like children. He wants us to follow Him without question. It may make no sense how God can love and forgive us for everything we do yet, in the eyes of a child, trusting God makes perfect sense – because that’s just the way it is.

At work today, follow Christ with the faith and joy of a child. Do your work with the faith and joy of a child. Work with others with the faith and joy of a child. Engage in the meeting with the faith and joy of a child. Supervise with the faith and joy of a child.

Today, don’t think about letting Christ work through you while you’re at work. Just continue to trust him unquestioningly, and He will do the rest.

In a work-world that tells you to grow up, God tells you to become like a child. So today, walk with the faith and joy of a child, and you will enter the Kingdom of Heaven!

Prayer

Dear Father, thank You so much for Your love and forgiveness. Please help me accept and follow Your truths with the faith and joy of a child. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.

Brock Wolitarsky, M.A.
Customer Service Representative
Robert Half Agency
Snohomish, Washington USA

The Christian Public Servant – “rich towards God”

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April 24, 2018 – Tuesday

Reading

Luke 12:15 [ESV] And he said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”

Jeremiah 29:11 [NLT] “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.

Reflection

A lot of coworkers seem to have everything they need. Some even flash their wealth and material possessions about wanting others to notice. A few even profile in new luxury sports cars with the proverbial aura of “Look at me!” And sometimes I get jealous of what others have.

You see, I struggle trying to balance paying bills, obtaining necessities, and putting money away for a long-off retirement. Sometimes I worry about just getting by, not to mention getting ahead.

Sound familiar? Do you struggle and worry about making ends meet?

Now in the working world, it’s all about performing your job duties well to get that merit increase or promotion. Yet, is that what our Lord wants us to worry about?

Scripture reminds, you and I have a more important calling than the gathering of wealth and possessions. Yes, I know…you have to have money to live, but that’s not all there is to it. We are called to be rich towards God.

Today, as you go to work and perform your tasks, surrender your worries and trust in the Lord. Have hope. He sees your struggles as He sees mine. Know that His plans are for good.

Even as you deal with the mountainous workload and the coworkers who have more than you, realize that you too were created for His specific purpose. He wants you to work for His glory. And only then will you be rich towards God!

Prayer

Father God, Author of all that is good, let me seek You in everything. I know material things are not what really counts, but I worry when things don’t seem to fall into place. Help me find comfort with the knowledge that You know all my true needs. Please let me trust You more each day knowing You will provide. Let me be rich towards You. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen!

Deyonta T. Johnson, MPA
Street Law Program Assistant
Norfolk Court Service Unit
Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice
Norfolk, Virginia USA

The Christian Public Servant – “the race He marks out”

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April 23, 2018 – Monday

Reading

Hebrews 12:1 [NIV] Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.

Reflection

My agency is conducting performance evaluations, and some coworkers are not happy with the results. I listened to one complain about her score, and how unfair her supervisor was in grading her that way. She went on and on about how she does everything one hundred ten percent, but she is passed over each time she applies for a new job assignment or promotion.

Then she confided how depressed she’s been over the last eighteen months. Given how much her stomach is tied in knots, I’m surprised she’s able to get up in the morning – let alone come to work. She believes her depression is due to people at work not really caring about her and not understanding just how hard she works.

Scripture is a witness as to why my coworker is reaping what she’s sowing. She is so absorbed with things that hinder and entangle, she really doesn’t know what race she’s in. Is she in the race He marks out for her, or is she in her own race?

If we don’t run with perseverance the race He marks out – then how can we expect to be rewarded for what we do?

At work today, don’t be like my coworker. Don’t complain and don’t blame. Don’t hold on to those anxieties that hinder and entangle you.

As this workweek begins, run with perseverance the race He marks out for you. And you will be a winner!

Prayer

Father, You knew me before I was created. You alone have set my course here on earth. Give me strength and perseverance to be the best I can be. Let me be a witness to my coworkers so that they can see You in me. In everything I do, I give all glory and praise to You. In Your Son’s name, I pray. Amen.

John F. Long, Jr., ETC,USCG,RET.
Nomenclature Manager
U.S. Coast Guard
Baltimore, Maryland USA

The Christian Public Servant – “being singled-out”

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April 20, 2018 – Friday

Reading

Matthew 26:73 [NLT] After a little while, those standing there went up to Peter and said, “Surely you are one of them; your accent gives you away.”

Reflection

Last week a Christian brother on Life Row was attacked by another brother who is not a Christian. My Christian brother was not doing anything wrong. He didn’t owe the other brother anything. He was just happy in the spirit of the Lord when the other brother saw him, became angry at the joy he saw, and attacked my Christian brother.

The Word tells of Peter being singled out because of his accent. Even though he denied Christ, not once but three times that evening, Peter was really targeted because of his association with Christ. And a powerful testimony developed because of Peter being singled out.

Like my Christian brother here on Life Row, sometimes I am singled-out because of my faith in Christ. Never physically attacked, but ridiculed and sometimes taunted. While Life Row is different, are not Christians singled-out where you live and work? Ridiculed by people who are as angry about their lives as that other brother on Life Row is angry about his. Fact is, when you are attacked, physically or by humiliation, a powerful testimony will glorify Christ.

Today at work, what will give you away that connects you with Christ? Paul’s fear in the dark of night? My brother’s joy in the light of day? Either way, at some point count on being singled-out. And one more powerful testimony will glorify Christ.

Prayer

Father, in the name of Jesus, I pray. It is a blessing, being singled-out because of my love for You. All that You give me today, let it flow from my life so it will lead others to you. Amen.

Jimmy Davis, Jr.
Z-557 Unit N-10
death row
Holman Correctional Facility
Alabama Department of Corrections
Atmore, Alabama USA