Monday, August 20, 2012

Working World Humility

The working world, I've come to discover, makes you humble. No longer can you whip out your 98 on a project and feel all high and mighty because you've made one of the top grades in the class. You can't just magically "fix" projects on Photoshop and feel like wonder woman. You can't just send budgets to the wind and play in fantasy budget land. And when a furniture piece doesn't look the way you want to, you can't just pull it our of your magic bag the way you want like Mary Poppins. Clients are no longer descriptions of make-believe people on paper like in the Game of LIFE.

Grades just don't exist in the working world, no one cares! Photoshop can't fix your screw-ups. Budgets are real deals and you've got to stick to them. Furniture is the way it is, you can't pretend otherwise. Clients are real and it's awful when you let them down.

I've experience humility these past couple weeks in my work place. I've watched how my carelessness in a few details have turned into major problems. I've watched how my mistakes affect others around me. How a few minor discrepancies bring disappointment.

 I am not perfect. I am not detail oriented all the time. I am human. I make mistakes.

Doesn't that last one just make you so upset?! I mean why? Why can't we be perfect? I can get so mad at myself for not having caught every detail. For not crossing every t, and dotting every i. I cry out to myself wondering, how could you miss that?! Why is that messed up?!

The I remember, we live in a broken world yet we have the choice to rely on a perfect God. If I were perfect and never made mistakes would I ever think to rely on Jesus? Isn't it so that in our roughest moments is when we turn to God the most? I know this to be true in my own life.

To anyone who's faced moments in your life, whether you're in school still or are learning humility in the working world like me, Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God, I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous hand.(Isaiah 41:10)...this is what our God is calling out to us in the moments when we feel like failures for Though we fall, we shall not be cast headlong for the Lord upholds our hands (Psalm 37:24). Jesus tells us I have told you these things, so that you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world (John 16:33) 

Even Solomon found moments of frustration and trouble, David told him in 1 Chronicles 28:20, Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you until all the work for the service of the temple of the LORD is finished. Now granted, few of us are working on the temple of the Lord but the same principle applies to us. Lean on Jesus and be strong and courageous. He put you in your position at your office. He knows where you're at. Do you think he's just going to leave you there? No! He will not fail you, the scripture says. Our Lord is with us, forever and always.

I won't ever be perfect but my God is and the more I rely on Him, the more I become like him and display the attitude and character He displays to me. The more I am like God, the more I can bring joy, hope, encouragement that is not of me but of Him to our broken world.


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