I am well aware I do not have a sense of direction. I need specific instructions to get to where I need to go, and even then, I may still get lost when I think I know the right way. or a better way! Even if I have been to a location before several times, I still need to have specific directions on how to get there. My navigating system on my phone, or in my car, has become my trusted and constant guide to take me where I need to go. Whenever I have disregarded it, I usually become lost. And that can sometimes become scary, frustrating, or simply a waste of time.
Psalm 25:4 reminds me of our need for the spiritual direction only God can provide. Â Just as we need directions so we donâ€™t become physically lost, we also need Godâ€™s direction toÂ not lose our way on the path He has provided.
God is our trusted and constant guide for the directions on:
This includes needing His guidance for the steps we take in our workplaces. Otherwise, we can become distracted and lost.
How is your sense of direction? Is it something you need to become more aware of and work on, step by step, with His help?
Dear Heavenly Father, Your word tells us You will show us the right path and the road we are to follow. My first step was to accept Jesus as my Lord and Saviour. My next step, and all my steps, are to love You and honor You in my actions, interactions and reactions. Whether seemingly small and insignificant or seemingly large and significant, let me never take a step unless I have asked You to show me what that next step should be. I praise You and thank You for being my constant guide who I can trust completely. In Jesusâ€™ Name, Amen.
Putting it into Practice at Work:
Monday: On a scale of â€œOne to Tenâ€, â€œOneâ€ being hardly ever and â€œtenâ€ being always, how regularly do you specifically ask God for direction on steps you should take at work? It could be about the next step you should take in making a decision, or dealing with a difficult colleague. Although we may not know where the path will lead us, we often know the difference between a dangerous step and the right step.
If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. James 1:5
Tuesday: What visual can you give yourself this week to remind you to always ask God what the next step is for you to take? Perhaps it can be an arrow drawn on your desk calendar or a miniature lamp on your desk. Perhaps it can be a key chain with shoes on it. Refer to it often during the day. You will notice how many opportunities you have to walk with God in everyday circumstances.
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. Psalm 119:105
Wednesday: Is there a â€œnext stepâ€at work you are concerned about or thinking about? Perhaps it may be about a conflict you need to deal with or perhaps it is needing more confidence to do something you have been asked to do. Perhaps it is whether or not you should apply for a new position. Choose at least one â€œnext stepâ€ that you are dealing with and pray:
Show me the right path, O Lord, point out the road for me to follow. Psalm 25:4
Thursday: As we need to ask God to show us the right path for specific things, we can know the right path for everyday things in the workplace. These include steps like: â€œQuick to listen, slow to speak, slow to angerâ€ or â€œa gentle answer turns away wrath.â€ This week, during your Bible readings, start keeping a list of steps that are the right ones to take because they are principles found in Godâ€™s word and are wise, loving and/or kind ways to treat people.
My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry. James 1:19
Friday: God has told us to love others as ourselves. Perhaps you have an opportunity to come along side someone on their path and perhaps help them take the next step they need to take. Is there someone at work that you see needs encouragement or assistance to take their next step? Ask God to show you people who you can help on their path.
One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, â€œOf all the commandments, which is the most important? â€œThe most important one,â€ answered Jesus, â€œis this: â€˜Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one, Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: â€˜Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.â€ Mark 12:28-31
May God richly bless you this week as you desire to walk in step with Him.
Bonny,Â Christian Women at Work