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Spiritual Breakthroughs in Difficult Work Situations – Part 1

May 14, 2010

We all run into prickly thickets from time to time as we are charging hard down the path of our careers.

Perhaps you are getting dressed down by an irate customer. Or it suddenly dawns on you that you’ve made a huge and costly mistake. Or maybe everyone on the team is now ganging up on your previously brilliant idea.

Whatever it is, you know it means trouble.

When things are not going so well at work, sometimes God provides a way out: an opportunity for spiritual intervention.

But it doesn’t always happen in a blinding flash of light, the way you would hope or expect. More often, the Almighty’s rescue beacon is nothing more than a dim and hazy hint, like the glimmer of a poorly-lit exit sign through a rain-pelted windshield along a very dark and lonely highway. It’s there all right, but if you’re not paying real close attention, you might miss it.

It is in these vulnerable moments when our leadership is tested, when we feel the dark pull of descent into panic and despair, it is here that we have an opportunity to access the infinite power of the Holy Spirit. 

But it’s a choice, really.  A choice to give in to a spiritual power that transcends your own, to reveal the greater good of the situation. Or a choice of short-sighted self-obsession, where anxiety and revenge rule our decisions.   

The first step in climbing out of this valley of despair is to give up any shred of control we think we have over the outcome.

And this, my friend, is when God can do great things.

To continue, click here.

Photo courtesy of nAncY.

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. May 14, 2010 8:17 am

    This is a post, and topic long in waiting, my friend!!! Thank you for tackling it!!! I can’t wait for part two.

  2. May 14, 2010 10:30 am

    Access. We forget.

  3. Phil permalink
    May 14, 2010 10:34 am

    Stephen. Stephen, is that you? He has trained you well, Grasshopper!

    Brad, you are ‘spot on’ with the part about missing the sign if we are not looking hard enough. It is in these crisis moments, that our true self is revealed. How do you want to be seen? As the person who flips out, handling these times poorly? Or the level-headed, patient, slow-to-anger leader who allows God to intervene?

  4. May 14, 2010 12:42 pm

    That rescue beacon you mention IS there. I just wish it were more obvious. But, my faith leads me to where God is…rather God leads me to a better faith

    David

  5. May 14, 2010 1:36 pm

    I’ll look forward to reading more.

  6. May 14, 2010 3:39 pm

    good stuff…i’m hooked.

    and thanks 🙂

  7. May 14, 2010 6:49 pm

    I’m in that hazy area right now…squinting, looking for the exit sign. Once God did provide that flash of light type of beacon for me. I guess I’m waiting for it again. But I think, He is teaching me something more this time.

    Daggonit.

  8. May 15, 2010 9:04 am

    I’ve also found this to be true, that the workplace, particularly during a difficult situation, is a venue for spiritual intervention. I like how you present it as God providing a way out. Looking forward to part 2.

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