This is part 2 of our conversation on “A Heart Check-up at Work.” Last week, we discussed the spiritual principle of asking God to search your heart and what that means. If you have not had the opportunity to work through last week’s memo, then I encourage you to do that.
If you have had the opportunity to fully work through the memo, then now is the time to be more specific. Now is the time to ask God about certain things at work. To ask God to search your heart regarding attitudes you may have you do not know about, actions you may be doing (or not doing), things you are saying (or not saying) and the motivation behind what you do and say.
As we can be too busy at work because we are doing too much and/or not managing time well, we can also be too emotionally and mentally busy at work because we may not have the right attitude and/or motivating reason for doing what we are doing. Being too emotionally and mentally busy can hinder us from being able to focus and can therefore be a significant waste of time and energy.
Consider some of your stresses, difficulties or concerns at work. Now is the time to take at least one issue before God and ask Him to search your heart, test you, know your anxious thoughts, see if there is any offensive way in you, and lead you in the way everlasting.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that Your love for me is deeper and wider than I can ever imagine or understand. Thank You for Your direction which is wiser than I can comprehend. Thank You for Your principles and promises to guide me. Please search my heart for areas which are grieving You or not honoring You, because I have not focused on You and fully trusted You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Monday: This week at work, ask God to search your heart in the area of trust. He has told us to trust Him and not lean on our own understanding. Are you dealing with something difficult at work? Ask God to search your heart and reveal to you what you need to know. Record one thing which is presently a source of stress for you.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” Proverbs 3:5
Tuesday: Write a prayer to God about the stress you are dealing with at work. Talk to Him about it, and ask Him to search your heart to let you know if there is an issue with trust or a barrier as to why you are not trusting Him 100%.
“Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” Psalm 139:23-24
Wednesday: This week at work, make a determined choice to not rely on your own understanding of your stressful situation, but rather, trust God for it. Ask Him for knowledge and wisdom about the situation. Is there somewhere where you are not following God’s principles? What is one thing about the stressful situation you are doing or saying you know you should not be? Is it gossip? Is it complaining? Is it passive aggressiveness? If so, the first step is to obey Him in the situation. Don’t lean on your own understanding of what is going on. God may be working behind the scenes or preparing for something in the future. Your job is to be faithful to God. Write down what you are doing that may be grieving God’s heart. Pray to God and trust Him to give you the wisdom and discipline to stop it.
“The Lord is my strength and my shield; in Him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to Him.” Psalm 28:7
Thursday: As you rely on God and not on your own understanding, recognize God’s ways are beyond what you can expect and what you can imagine. Expect the unexpected when you turn your situation over to God and trust Him, not yourself. Don’t ever underestimate what God can do with you and through you in the situation. Do you have an idea of what you would like to see happen because you are leaning on your own understanding? Turn it over to Him and trust Him for the best, and perfect thing. Write below what you need to turn over to God.
“And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you.” Psalm 9:10
Friday: No matter what the situation is you are dealing with, with God, you can have victory. Remember, He is always with you, no matter what you face. In your prayers today, and as you ask for direction for the circumstance, thank Him for His presence.
“You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.” Isaiah 26:3
Have a wonderful week!
Bonny, Christian Women at Work