The Christian Public Servant – “a manner worthy of God”

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May 9, 2018 – Wednesday

Reading

Philippians 1:27 [NKJV] Only let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of your affairs, that you stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel.

John 14:27 [NKJV] Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

Reflection

It’s not easy having the job I have because I am the person who people go to with their complaints. I answer testy phone calls from citizens and resolve internal issues among coworkers, and yet I still need to find time to get my “regular” work done. With all the different coworkers and citizens I must interact with each day, it’s a task to keep my stress level down.

Scripture calls us to conduct ourselves in a manner worthy of God. This includes in the workplace. Scripture also promises that, when we are one in Christ, the stress of the workday will evaporate. His peace will come and lighten our load.

So, I try to remember I work with people from all walks of life. In His eyes, we are all equal, and I must take a deep breath and treat everyone in a way that pleases Him and brings peace to me.

While at work today, will your stress level explode? Will you let people get the best of you? Or, will you react to complaints and concerns in a manner worthy of God? If you do, His peace will come your way.

And your heart will surely not be troubled.

Prayer

Lord, thank You for making me Your servant. In my workplace, help me be worthy of You. Let Your love and guidance lower my stress and bring me peace. In Your name, I pray. Amen.

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

The Christian Public Servant – “the example”

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May 8, 2018 – Tuesday

Reading

Romans 12:1-2 [NIV] Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God – this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.

Reflection

Ever wondered what your true role is at your workplace? What is it that you do to truly “make a difference?” I know I have… It almost seems daunting at first, but I have determined I am supposed to be the example.

You see, I am an openly professed God-fearing woman. I am very aware that people are looking at me as a Christian public servant – observing how I act in the workplace. But, I confess – I’m a sinner. I sometimes fall short of being the example. I make mistakes in how I react to certain situations or even in how I treat others.

What about you? Have you ever reflected on how you act in the workplace? Do you feel the same way I do? It’s stressful, but don’t be disheartened!

Scripture reminds us that, as brothers- and sisters-in-Christ, we can offer ourselves as a living sacrifice to God. Even in our shortcomings, in view of God’s mercy, we can become the example. Take a step back and know you are not alone. Know He is ever-present.

As you begin your work today, every action and every word can be an act of worship. Pray and prepare for what lies ahead during the day. Most of all, remember people are watching you.

So be the example! You will truly be a living sacrifice – holy and pleasing to God.

Prayer

Oh Lord, I offer myself as a living sacrifice to be pleasing to You. In my workplace, allow me to worship You – in my actions, thoughts, words, and prayers – to guide others to Your glorious light. Show me how to best do this, even if to just bring one coworker into the family of Christ. I want to live as a shining example of Your love. I ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Sara Gainor, M.A.
Robertson School of Government
Regent University
Virginia Beach, Virginia USA

The Christian Public Servant – “light up your tunnel vision”

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May 7, 2018 – Monday

Reading

Psalm 18:28-29 [NLT] You light a lamp for me. The LORD, my God, lights up my darkness. In your strength I can crush an army; with my God I can scale any wall.

Reflection

It’s no secret. Monday morning is the most hated part of the week. After an all-too-short weekend filled with catching up on work, we must go back for the same song and dance of another over-booked week. For some time, we can manage with enough black coffee and multi-tasking, provided we remain focused on our work and satisfying our superiors. Yet the hustle of staying ahead of the curveball creates a tunnel vision where we only see our work. We lose spiritual peripheral vision to see we’re at war every day with the subtle undercurrents of sin and evil pervading society. We fall victim to the Enemy’s flanking maneuvers, and he begins to gain the upper hand.

You see, we’ve become so focused on our daily tasks that we neglect our Lord and His battle.

Ahh, but Scripture also reminds you that He gives strength to attack that Monday morning, to ward off the rankling depressing attitude that can dog your steps and poison your workday. He promises to light up your tunnel vision, to a full 360-degrees, to prepare you for battling His enemy.

Today at work, ask for His strength. Ask Him, and He will light up your tunnel vision – to a full 360 degrees! And you will be prepared for His battle!

Prayer

Lord, Monday mornings are so awful. Remind me of Your presence this morning and throughout my workday. Enable me to be a warrior in Your battle in my workplace. Remind me of the need to ask You for strength to do Just Battle with the enemy that seeks to thwart my work. In Your holy name, I pray. Amen.

Katherine Zasadny, MPA
CNA – Hiawatha Care Center
Cedar Rapids, Iowa USA

The Christian Public Servant – “love wins all”

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May 4, 2018 – Friday

Reading

1 Corinthians 8:1(b) [NKJV] Knowledge puffs up, but love edifies.

Reflection

When I first meet anyone Jesus sends across my path, I meet them where they are in life. This includes those who go to church and love Jesus, as well as those who have no relationship with Jesus. Whoever they are, and wherever they are in life, His flowing love allows me to win them over – in His time.

The people you encounter in your work are not different than those I encounter in mine. They will not all be the same. But love wins all – even the most unlovable, disagreeable person you meet today. Why? Because scripture reminds us to communicate with others, not out of knowledge, but out of love.

Today at work, meet that coworker where she is in her life. Greet that person you serve on his level. Do not try to persuade using only your knowledge, experience, or expertise. Instead, let love educate. If you do this today, He will show you that love wins all.

Prayer

Father, in the name of Jesus, I pray. Thank You for all the knowledge You give me. And thank You for making me realize that it is Your love that helps me most. Amen.

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

The Christian Public Servant – “saved in life and safe in job”

 

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May 3, 2018 – Thursday

Reading

1 Corinthians 1:18 [NIV] For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

Reflection

For a host of reasons, the workplace is a temptation of sin. Everything seems to be on the line, and sometimes it really is on the line. This leads the foolish, who have forgotten the message of the cross, to rebel against God. They foolishly distance themselves from Him by scheming to get ahead. Fudging the facts to better represent themselves. And always reinterpreting (rationalizing) their actions.

Does this ever happen in your workplace? Are you one who forgets the message of the cross?

Scripture reminds us that the foolish are those who are perishing. And the consequences of believing you are “perishing” in the workplace may lead you to actually perish in eternity. God constantly reminds you and me that the only way we can survive – the only way we can be saved in life and safe in job – is through the power of God.

Today at work, grab ahold of God’s power. It is the only way you can be saved in life and safe in job. He promises, you will not perish. And that’s the message of the cross.

Prayer

Father, never let me forget the message of the cross. At work today, let me not be tempted to stray from Your power. 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 – “a pretty good start”

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May 2, 2018 – Wednesday

Reading

Mark 16:15(b) [NIV] Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.

Matthew 5:16(a) [NIV] In the same way, let your light shine before others

Luke 11:33 [NIV] No one lights a lamp and puts it in a place where it will be hidden, or under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, so that those who come in may see the light.

Reflection

It is hard to spread the Good News in a workplace. People have many faiths, and some have no faith. Organizations may have rules, and nations may have laws, against talking about Christ.

But it is necessary to spread the Good News. Christ requires us to do so. It is our responsibility to shine His light before others. But how can this be done in a post-modern workplace?

Well, one way I spread the Good News is by sharing each morning’s devotional. You are probably reading it because someone shared a copy with you. In my workplace, I’ve shared these devotionals with 13 coworkers who now receive them daily. In turn, they have shared them with about 100 coworkers throughout the organization.

I realize a devotional is only one way to spread the Gospel. Yet I also know, in my case, touching 100 souls through these devotionals is a pretty good start!

There is so much darkness in the workplace, and somedays folks e-mail me saying that a morning’s message was exactly what they needed on that day. While we have no power or authority to change the world, God relies on us to be His light in this dark world. The more who see the light, the better our world will be.

Are you sharing the Christian Public Servant with coworkers? Today, don’t hide it under a bowl. Be that light in the darkness.

If you share with just one coworker today, it may be the only scripture that person has ever read. Now, that would be a pretty good start! Don’t you think?

Prayer

Father God, You instruct me to be Your light in the world. Help me share Your word with coworkers, and let them share it with others. I want to be Your light in my workplace. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.

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

The Christian Public Servant – “something worth celebrating every day”

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May 1, 2018 – Tuesday

Reading

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.

Reflection

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!

Prayer

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 Administrator
City of Leesville
Leesville, Louisiana, USA