God knows that if we become too comfortable in any situation we tend to lounge there too long basking in peace and nopn-confrontational bliss, missing the blessings that come through focus, fulfilled purpose, and warfare. Yes warfare! the image of a soldier seems too hard for us; "Endure hardness, as a good soldier" ( 2 Timothy 2:3). We have been called to go into hostile situatioms, take the territory, and demomstrate to others what it is like to live under the lordship of Jesus. In another place in the Bible Jesus says, "Occupy till I come back." In other words; "Do Business, Take Care of My Businss" until I return. We get caught up so easily in mundane things like difficult bosses, office politics, water coolers gossip, unfair treatment, and fail to see our God-given reasons for being there.
Unfortunately, we cannot make or should not make a move to leave our current situation, until the Lord says it's time for you to go. We cannot trust our own feelings and emotions. We cannot afford to listen to other people either. People are jealous and envious, One can never be too sure what motivates people when they start telling you or me what they think we should do.
I know that in my own situation, God was making my work environment unbearable. I was stressed out. And every year that I failed to hear the call of God to retire, to trust Him to lead me into my true calling, my place of destiny in ministry, became an albatross around my neck. Talk about the fire being turned uo seven times hotter, that was what happened to me on my job. Each year of disobedience yielded more stress and it took its toll on me physically, mentally, and spiritually. I finally had to exercise faith in God. I had to believe that He and not the Hartford Board of Education would supply all my needs. I stopped listening to people who told me that I could niot retire until I worked 35 years, and reached 62 or more years old. I turned a deaf ear to the naysayers and listened to the wisdom and counsel of the Holy Spirit; and I haven't looked back since.
I thank God for all those years of teaching, curriculum development, leadership and mentoring skills.God gave me favor and I was able to establish a weekly prayer and Bible study session before school every Tuesday morning. I believe that these moments of prayer and worship was somebody's lifeline many days. The support and care that was given to the teachers and other staff members literally kept some from going over the edge a many a day.I treasure the children and teaching staff that I was able to minister to, pray for, and impact educationally and spriitually. Each of these skill sets have set me up to step into the new role of Pastor and Teacher.
Has it occurred to you that you could be the only Christian somebody in your workplace knows? Or better yet, the first one to make Christ look good and his massage attractive? Someone's eternal destiny could be riding on your testimony and performance. They may not be interested in what you have to say at the moment, but death, divorce, sickness or adversity can change all that in a heartbeat. That's when the world goes looking for the boys they threw into the fiery furnace and into the lion's den, because nobody else has the answers. so, "Whatever you do, do all to the glory of God" ( 1Co 10:31 NAS).
God Bless: "And Don't Forget To Say Your Prayers."