The Christian Public Servant – “chained to the tyranny of busy”

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April 11, 2018 – Wednesday


Psalm 46:10(a) [NIV] He says, “Be still, and know that I am God…”


I don’t know about you, but this time of year seems like a marathon. So busy with work that it occupies all time. And the world pushes us to find ways to do more in a day. We make and answer business e-mails and phone calls well after we leave the office – so there is no down time. Without realizing it, you and I have become chained to the tyranny of busy.

So today more than ever, it’s easy to neglect God. We stop studying in the Word before and after work. We skip private prayer time while at work. Yet during our busiest times, He wants us to quietly recognize that He is God.

While it’s true you should not be lazy, make time for the most important things in life. Do not live to work, but work so that you can live. If you want to live life in the full, then you must make room every day for the Lord. Not only will that lead to a more peaceful mind, it can also make you more productive.

Today at work, do not be chained to the tyranny of busy. Listen to God when He tells you to “be still.” And know He is God – your God, throughout your busy workday.


Dear Lord, I beg Your help with the struggles of my workday. Help me stop and spend time with You. I know when I do, the day does not seem so daunting. Whatever this workday offers, help me to be still and know You are my Lord. In Your name, I pray. Amen.

Stan Best
Training Manager, Apprentice School
Newport News Shipbuilding
Newport News, Virginia USA

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