Have you ever made a mistake that haunted you?
One of the delights God gives is the opportunity to begin each day with a new commitment, new attitude and new hope.
For years, Joe did his work everyday under the assumption that the outcomes depended on him and him alone. He was a Christian, even attended worship weekly. But when it came to his work, he said to Jesus every day, “I got this.” Jesus was left in the parking lot.
Then the economy tanked and Joe became acutely aware of his deficiencies. Many of his peers had prepared for such slumps in sales, but Joe was caught short.
He realized while praying one day how foolish he was to think he could ever succeed without God.
But the guilt, shame and his pride kept him from asking Jesus to join him in his work. He was stuck thinking about his past mistakes, how he left Jesus at the door every morning and how his ego controlled his daily routines.
A friend reminded Joe of Isaiah 43:18 (MSG): Forget about what’s happened; don’t keep going over old history.
Could it be that easy? Could Joe really just repent, ask for God’s help and that’s it?
Joe decided to try it. After all, what he kept doing wasn’t working.
Soon a peace settled over him. The anxiety of past failures began to ease. His focus returned to the positive God was doing all around him. Business got better.
Joe discovered that God longs to be part of all the details of life, to advise in every decision; to create something new.
Is it really that easy for you?
When you forget about the past and stay in the present, alert to what God is doing around you, you discover a new way of doing business. God says, I’m about to do something brand new.
Practice daily amnesia. Relieve yourself of the baggage of previous mistakes at work. You are no good to anyone paralyzed by guilt. Go to Jesus and ask for forgiveness. Focus on the brand new happening at work.
Your faith will increase in your work.
You’ll find joy in each new day at work.
Your love for God and others will magnify.
Work Faith Positive even in a negative world.
Mike Van Vranken