My best friend from growing up years and his wife spent a few days with us on our farm recently. It’s the most we had been together in a long time.
We were inseparable as youngsters. We played basketball and baseball together. We hunted together. We played records together. (Back in the day, okay?) And we did some things together that we don’t talk about anymore…except with a code word, a wink and a nod.
When our children were young, the eight of us camped and vacationed together. Their sons and our daughters became occasional friends.
So of course we had to tell some stories over that weekend, mostly to amuse ourselves. Our wives tolerated our shenanigans for the most part.
I noticed that when the conversation shifted from “old history” to the “present,” our wives engaged more.
As I asked about his two-year-old granddaughter, Harper, the stories moved from “what was’ to “what is” and we all were more excited, even animated. The present with all of its hope and promise captured our imaginations.
Harper is the smartest, most beautiful two-year-old granddaughter ever born by all accounts. And amazingly her smarts and beauty are from my friend’s son’s family. Who knew?
It’s so easy to dead-end conversations and yes, our work in “old history” thought patterns. How many times have you said, “Well, at my old job, we did it this way…” and amazingly the old way was smarter and more beautiful.
Or, you have a new team leader and she’s lacking in all areas in which the previous team leader excelled. You rewrite the “old history” of the previous team leader’s service into all glory days.
It’s so easy at work to remember things as better than they probably were, to paraphrase Will Rogers, and usually to the detriment of the present.
What if God is about to do something brand-new at work?
What if a work-miracle is about to happen at your workplace?
What if a supernatural breakthrough from the God of the Impossible is simmering on the work stove, about to burst out?
Are you looking for it? Expecting it?
Or, are you stuck talking about “old history?”
Forget about what’s happened, God says.
Be alert. Be present.
The present with all of its hope and promise will capture your imagination and propel your work to new heights so you increase your faith with greater joy so you love God and others more.
Dr. Joey Faucette
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What could God do today at your workplace if you focused on the present?