By Lameck Otim
It is possible at some point in the workplace for one to find themselves facing uncertainty, discontentment and a lack of purpose on your job. This can cause one not to see any blessing in the job. It’s a disillusion that, if not brought into control, soon starts to reflect in one’s performance. And eventually you can find yourself out of a job.
I have found that peace at the workplace comes from having a divine attitude to work. The first assurance comes from knowing that where I find myself may be exactly where God would have me to be. If it is a divine call, then I should approach my work to give glory to Him who blessed me with it in the first place.
I have found that the word has indicated to us how to bring this glory in the work place to God. “Be obedient,” it says, “to those who are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in sincerity of heart, as to Christ”
The first obligation is to Be Obedient. What does my work require of me? It is important for me to have a clear understanding of my job role, key results and how it fits into the larger objectives of the organization.
Understanding this, I should then approach my work with respect, honor and sincerity of heart, as to Christ. This speaks being truthful to myself at work, confident at all times that I am giving my employer my full attention and value at the workplace.
We sometimes find ourselves in situations where we want to rewrite our job descriptions or maneuver through our job performance contracts by deciding what we should or shouldn’t do, and this is an act of rebellion.
The other trap that I have found myself engaged in the workplace is measuring myself against others, trying to outpace the crowd or please the boss. The danger is that this can not only bring a professional into indifference but I would have brought myself into the folly of pleasing man.
Dr. Martin Luther King summed all this very beautifully when he said “If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets like Michelangelo painted, Beethoven composed music, and Shakespeare poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth should pass to say; here lived a great street sweeper, who did his job well”.
Lameck Otim is from Uganda, Africa. After a train smash encounter with Christ that threw a tail spin in a 17 year Corporate banking career, he turned to writing in an attempt to reach out to peers and friends for Christ. It is in his writing that Lameck found purpose, sharing the life changing truths of the Word of God, mostly drawn from my his own experiences in the salvation journey, family and workplace.
Lameck has been married for 14 years and has 4 children (between one and 11 years old). Being a Christian has enabled him to find such fulfillment in family that he never thought was possible.
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