You’re busy. Your pace is hurried. You make many decisions through the course of the day, some small and tactical, some significant. You have plans and you need to execute those plans. Others have expectations of your time. They have expectations for your work. Your pace…is hurried.
Sound familiar? The question for you today is this. What is the quality of the decisions you make when you work like this? There is a better way. And, believe it or not, the formula is quite simple.
Do remember this story? The formula is right here:
“Go out and stand before me on the mountain,” the Lord told him. And as Elijah stood there, the Lord passed by, and a mighty windstorm hit the mountain. It was such a terrible blast that the rocks were torn loose, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. 12 And after the earthquake there was a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire there was the sound of a gentle whisper. 13 When Elijah heard it… (1 Kings 19:11-13 NLT)
How faith at work can impact your decision-making:
- Get alone and get quiet – start each day with some alone and quiet time. Read the Bible or a favorite devotional. Lift your day up in prayer, including decisions to be made, your meetings, and focus you need in your thinking and planning.
- Train yourself to abide with Him at work – this takes effort, it takes intentionality. In your hurried pace, begin to find brief moments to stop, take a deep breath and whisper with God. Slow down and think.
- Listen! – it’s difficult to hear God at work when you are constantly in a wind storm or an earthquake or a fire. God told Elijah to “go out and stand before me”. Jesus said in John 10:27, “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me”.
- Learn to trust your intuition – when you invest in quiet time each day, when you learn to measure your pace throughout the day allowing for moments of quick prayer, now that “gentle whisper” that comes as intuition can begin to be trusted as God’s voice prompting you in a direction.
Leaders who integrate their faith and work learn that they have plans they need to control, but at the end of the day, their decision-making is optimal when they allow God to be fully involved. You can make many plans, but the Lord’s purpose will prevail. Proverbs 19:21
Closing the gap,
We also recommend:
Podcast: Pray, Work and Watch – John Roberts, CEO, J.B. Hunt Transport
Podcast: How To Abide With God At Work – David Roth, President, WorkMatters