May 1, 2018 – Tuesday
Romans 4:4-5 [NIV] Now to the one who works, wages are not credited as a gift but as an obligation. However, to the one who does not work but trusts God who justifies the ungodly, their faith is credited as righteousness.
As a manager, I realize office morale is a crucial factor. One small way I encourage positivity in the workplace atmosphere is by maintaining a birthday fund to provide employees a cake on their special day. Everybody contributes to it because they, too, want to enjoy cake on “their day.”
While celebrating one such day this week, I suddenly realized how odd gift-giving is on a birthday. No one works to earn a birthday – they just lived through another year. The truth of the matter is that every single day is a gift from God. Scripture reminds us that somethings are not credited as a gift, but life lived righteously credits an eternal gift. That kind of life is something worth celebrating every day.
At work, some days feel more like a chore than a celebration. There is drudgery in career. Work is a multi-tasking venture. You and I must be skilled in working with the public, communicating with elected officials, following policies, and presenting an overall positive image of our organizations. Managing all these dynamics really is challenging.
Yet you and I must remember that the knowledge of Jesus Christ is something worth celebrating every day. Jesus gave His life to save us—something we can never work long or hard enough to earn. Our salvation is a gift from the Almighty!
If God is willing to save you and me, then He is more than able to direct our everyday work activities and lead us to the right path. We must trust that by His will and power, rather than our own strength, everything falls into its proper place.
Only in knowing and trusting in our Savior will we truly have something worth celebrating every day. And that includes the workday you are about to begin!
Almighty Father, thank You for the gift of another day. As I go throughout my workday, help me be cognizant of Your presence in my life. I don’t want to be consumed by the temporal and miss Your will for my life. In Jesus’ Name, I pray. Amen.
Courtney Christian, MPA
City of Leesville
Leesville, Louisiana, USA