Today is my last working day at the office for 2018 .
It has been a whirlwind. There were days that I felt like I was as at a pitfall, days when it seemed like I was in a battle ground and I was winning the fight. Days when I was scarred and hurt but I was loving and enjoying the work and some days when I wanted to give up and call it quits.
No matter the kind of day, there was One who stayed and that is God.
As I look back at this year, there are a few things I wanted to change – a bit too much if you allowed me. But one thing I have learned to practice this year is to enjoy the process.
This process has its ebbs and flows. It rushes in like a wild river and sometimes takes its toll being more of like a quiet still lake. I hated it when it becomes that quiet still lake. I wanted it more to be a gush of the crazy rapids – all the stress and adrenaline flowing relentlessly unto me. But God places us in seasons to develop our character.
For years, I have held on to this verse regarding my work:
Not only that, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out His love into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, whom He has given us.
And because His Word is alive and breathing, 2018 showed a different kind of suffering. One that I had to endure and overcome. I’m still enduring and overcoming. I’m still developing perseverance and character. In all this time, I am holding unto hope.
Just as the hope Joseph had – the boy who saw his whole family bow down to him but ended up enslaved and working for Potiphar. Maybe Joseph didn’t want to be working for someone. He has, after all, seen the sun and the moon and the eleven stars make obeisance to him (Genesis 37:9 KJV).
But did he complain when he found himself serving another man? No indeed!
And Joseph found grace in his sight, and he served him: and he made him overseer over his house, and all that he had he put into his hand.
And it came to pass from the time that he had made him overseer in his house, and over all that he had, that the Lord blessed the Egyptian’s house for Joseph’s sake; and the blessing of the Lord was upon all that he had in the house, and in the field.
Genesis 39:4-5 KJV
Be a blessing in the workplace God has planted you into. Your purpose there is not to strive plowing likr a madman but to thrive. Grow beautifully and bloom extravagantly as the people around you will witness how it is to find favor in God’s eyes.
You may still have two working weeks this year.