I mentioned last week that I am establishing new routines as my life moves through significant changes. Unlike in times past when I generally freak out that my life changed, I continue to remember a lesson from That Man Is You – a simple prayer from 1 Samuel 3:10: ”Speak, for your servant is listening.”
I have been praying this at times when I am in need of help because my client has a significant number of decisions to make that it can lead to mental gridlock. I try to rely on grace and whispers from the Holy Spirit to guide me, rather than pretending I can do everything myself. It creates in my an emotional freedom that is a gift and a blessing.
My vocation as disciple, husband, and father means that I am called to work to provide for my family. As I have written, work often became a means to feed my unchecked ego. It was often about getting more (responsibility, budget, authority, people) to “prove” to others that I am important. It was an unpleasant and unhealthy way to live and led to a lot of sorrow and regret.
In these times, I glorified myself. I did not recognize that the love I receive from God will satisfy my spirit beyond anything generated by my ego.
In today’s scripture reading, we begin part one of The Prayer of Jesus. It is a beautiful intercessory prayer by Jesus directly to God – as Jesus prepares to ascend to heaven and he said:
“I glorified you on earth
by accomplishing the work that you gave me to do.”
As I go through my day now as a consultant, I am keenly aware of the clock because I bill the client for each hour I work. This shift from a salaried employee at my old company to an hourly one has been magnificent because the focus it creates in me is wonderful.
I end my day satisfied because I have glorified God by accomplishing the work he gave me to do today. I can leave the client site and then turn my full attention to my family and enjoy their love and our precious time together.
The key for me is to keep it simple, focus on what is happening right now, and ask for God’s help often.
Today, as you go through the work God called you to do, think of the example from Jesus to glorify God. Also, please remember to send me a prayer request from here or to my twitter account and I will pray for your intentions.
Enjoy these related articles:
- The Prayer of Jesus (tvaraj2inspirations.wordpress.com)
- “This is eternal life, that they know the Father the only true God” (worryisuseless.wordpress.com)
- Do We Glorify God? (lifereference.wordpress.com)
- Prayer at Work (maddmedic.wordpress.com)
- An Effective Quiet Time With God (organizationalchangesolutions.wordpress.com)