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Spiritual Maturity at Work

June 4, 2010

I must be growing more spiritually mature.

I say this because of the surprising response I’ve had recently to receiving two incidents of bad news at work. Bad news, as in a call that says, “Hi Brad. There’s been a complication. The deal is off.”

You know how it is. You spend weeks and months working hard to bring an important project to the finish line so that everyone can cheer you on as you bring it home. “Here’s one for the team!” you’ll shout out to the supportive crowds lining your office hallways. The effort pays off. You’re bringing in the results that everyone expects of you. You hit your targets.

Well, usually I would freak out over a phone call like that. But this time, I just said, “Yeah, okay. It will work out.” and then just went on about my business.

Like, I didn’t worry about it.  

What’s up with that? A strange sense of calm was already in me, up to bat, ready to take the news with a level head and quiet confidence regarding the outcome.  It’s going to be okay. God is with me. God cares about this project.

Two weeks later, both problems have been resolved.  And I didn’t really even have to intervene much. Things just seemed to work themselves out.

Either this is a sign of my budding spiritual growth – or else I’m just getting too old to care any more.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. June 4, 2010 8:37 am

    There is a maturing that we all SHOULD undergo with time. I find myself not letting things bother me as much, because I know that God has it under control. And the little things don’t bother me as much.

  2. June 7, 2010 12:58 am

    when you start saying “whatev” in cases like this…then you can be sure you have reach a new level.

  3. June 7, 2010 6:53 am

    Not every crisis requires our personal involvement. Not every issue is something new under the sun. We eventually reach a point — age, maturity — when we begin to understand that. At least some of the time.

  4. June 7, 2010 10:02 am

    Here’s one for Bradley! 🙂

  5. June 7, 2010 7:43 pm

    I guess the word that comes to my mind is “perspective” – as in God’s perspective. Growth / maturity tend to increase our ability (just a little bit) to see things from God’s perspectives. In His scheme of things, they don’t look quite so important. I sometimes have the experience you’ve described too – but if only it hadn’t waited until I was approaching 60!

  6. June 8, 2010 9:34 am

    Everything you said here is why my admiration for a man as young as Armando Galarraga runs deep. It seems I should have his grace by now. I’m with you, Brad—pleased when such calm shows up, surprised that it’s taken so long to learn.

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