Friday, October 16, 2009

Today's Devotional Scripture

Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ.
Philippians 1:27
Thoughts on today's verse...
What if I fail? What if I lose? What if she hates me? What if she yells at me?

These are the types of questions that often go through our minds when we are facing a difficult decision or a trying circumstance. If we speak up and say the wrong thing, how will we ever repair the damage? If we act too hastily and then fail, how can we ever look people in the eye again?

A new manager faced one of those fears soon after she assumed a supervisory position. She realized that many of her staff were not being paid as much as other employees in a different department who were basically doing the same type of work.

As a new supervisor, she knew it was risky to challenge upper management. What would they think of her? Yet, for the sake of her staff she felt compelled to overcome her fears and act on their behalf. How could she do that?

She asked herself a more important question: "What is the worst that could happen if I..." Well, someone could get angry - but that would eventually pass. Raises could be refused - but she would have at least tried. She could even lose her job - but she was confident that God could supply another.

Trusting God for a good outcome and refusing to give in to her fears, she decided to approach upper management about the discrepancies in wages. When she did, they not only took her concern seriously, but began to do something about it.

No matter what situation we find ourselves in, God is with us and will help us to sort it out and look at it from different angles. Then, when we act according to His will and trust Him completely we can expect a good outcome.
My prayer...
Abba, Father... may I live my life Your way. I wish to grow in grace and strength. I wish to know Your will and direction for my life. Please, dear Lord surround me with Your favor! In Jesus' name I pray ~Amen!

Yours, because we're His,

Tamara

P.S. I know... I'm so late today, but I slept in and it was wonderful!  I'd also like to encourage you to visit Johanna's blog at http://allthingsnew-joannah.blogspot.com/ .  She could really use some encouragement!