Your day could be a very smooth one or it may turn out to be a day when we have difficult discussions, problems to solve, projects to complete, meetings to attend and obstacles to overcome. However, there is one thing we can control, and that is what we do at the start of our day.
This past week, I had a last minute request from a staff member to take a vacation day. Agreeing to it would have caused the rescheduling of appointments, disappointment and frustration for people whose appointments needed to be changed and extra work for the admin staff. We have a work policy that vacation requests need to be in writing and well ahead of the time requested for the specific days. Agreeing to this request would also not be fair to people who submit their requests ahead of time. All this being said, if a staff member has an emergency then we will jump into action and do what needs to be done. However, this is reserved for those urgent and unusual situations and not a last minute request to take a day off.
As I spent my time with the Lord in the morning, I came across a Bible verse that I had written down a few days earlier. When I had read Psalm 15:2 it had grabbed my attention. I had to write it down. I now know why. God was preparing a response for me that I would need later.
“Those who lead blameless lives and do what is right, speaking the truth from sincere hearts.” (Psalm 15:2)
I had journalled “Be sincere, kind and honest.” As I reflected, in God’s presence, on those words, I had my answer on what I needed to do.
The situation was resolved in that she was able to take a different day off later which did not impact people. I was thankful to God for His leading in how to resolve this issue.
There is not a recipe on what your quiet time should look like or how long it should take. There are specific things you will want to include but the structure should be individualized to you and also how you learn best. Next week, we will discuss some of the things to consider in your quiet time and different approaches you can take. I hope you will join us next week as we review this time in the morning when God bends down to listen to what you want to tell Him.
May the Lord richly bless you this week!
Bonny, Christian Women at Work