We offer our strengths and weaknesses, our joys and our sorrows to your never ending care. Help us to remember all through our lives that we never need to do difficult things alone, that Your Presence is presently for asking and our ultimate future is assured by your unselfish love. In our deepest gratitude we offer this prayer. Amen.—Fred Rogers, Invocation, Boston University, 1992.
How many of us describe ourselves by our occupation? How many of us are asked “what do you do?”
Larry Julian, author of God is My CEO: Following God’s Principles in a Bottom Line World points out in his book that we can move from what we do to who we are. We can let who we are to speak for what we believe. Admittedly so, integrating faith and work paves the way to a more meaningful and productive work environment, but it is challenging.
It is sometimes a big step from doing for God to being with God, noted Jeffrey Coors. In our secular society, many feel that our faith and work should be separate. Coors was quoted in the book as saying it can be easy to do much, become over-extended and have it take a toll on you.
Julian notes that God calls us into relationship with Him, then with people around us. Julian quotes John D. Beckett, live your faith.
In Mathew 16:25, scripture states that I do my part, Let God do His. Surrender to God.
I know for myself, as stubborn as I can be, relent and surrender, are not always actions that I take. Note to self. it may help to surrender to God, as it means victory. I do ask for advice and in Ephesians chapter 6, it talks about yielding control. The author also advises “don’t act out, advise counsel.”
Leadership is not about doing everything, just delegating, or being bossy. It is about leading by example. Some of the best advice comes from Proverbs 12:15, it includes having compassion, being committed, being accountable, encouraging growth and development of others, and respect. If we start from there, we have a good foundation to grow as leaders.
There will be times that we need to make tough decisions. We do not have to give in to discouragement, notes Julian. We can live with hope. He encourages to seek God’s wisdom, so we can turn a bad problem into a good solution. We need courage to do the right thing. We need wisdom to know what the right thing to do is. Let go, Let God. God can provide unexpected solutions, if we can look beyond our own means.
Stay tuned, next week for part 4 of 5, Servant Leadership.
God is My CEO: Following God’s principles in a Bottom Line World, by Larry Julian. Adams Media Corporation, Holbrook, MA, copyright 2001.