When was the last time you faced a real battle at work? Let your mind drift back and return to that specific incident. What was the nature of that crisis? Was it completely out of your control? Was it the result of human error? Did it blindside you or did you see it coming?
Now, take a minute to recall how you responded to that crisis.
Stressful situations at work can bring out the worst in us. We can spiral into blame, shame, and accusation. They can also bring out the best in us. We can choose creativity, collaboration, and partnerships that solve the workplace dilemma. Donnie Smith takes it a step further. He points us to enduring anchor points that crisis moments offer us.
In the video he said, “The times when I have drawn closer to Christ, have been times of crisis.” Challenges at work are an opportunity for growth. God is with us in those moments and our faith in him can be refined in the crucible of difficulty.
So often we live under the illusion that we can control everything around us. A crisis extends an invitation to remember who God is and who we are. There is only one infinite being and it’s not me, or as Donnie put it, “Father, I am powerless in this situation, but you’re not.”
A battle at work presents a number of opportunities. We can demonstrate perseverance which is always connected to good leadership. We can lean on the promises of God’s nearness, interest, and provision. Crisis also gives us the opportunity to remember God’s priorities, “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness…” Matthew 6:33 and Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”
May we take heed to these ideas this week, remembering to use these times of stress to grow closer to Christ, encouraged by our identity in Him and the opportunity to lean on God’s promises.
Blog written by Darrel Harvey, Director, Workmatters Institute.