Monthly Reflection – March 2014
I hope this month’s reflection finds you well. It has been written by our Deputy Branch Leader Chris Upton who has decided the time is right to put away his flip chart pens and retire! Chris has been a truly faithful servant of the Lord in his Leadership role in the Branch for many years and continues to be a great help and blessing to me as I take the Branch forwards. I know that Chris will be keeping busy in his retirement with family and church life and will stay in touch with the branch- I will hand you over to him for one last time!
Dear all –
the time has come for me to finally retire (for the second time) on 11th April and so this is my farewell email to you all. It has been a pleasure to serve you as branch leader and a joy to hand over the role to Keith who the Lord raised up at just the right time (His time!). I will continue to pray for you all and would like to take this opportunity to encourage you to………
5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
6 in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.
God teaches us in this proverb to trust him and not to rely on our own instincts. To do this we should submit every area of our lives to God including the workplace and we do this in prayer. Our reward is that God’s promise to direct our paths, show us how to live our lives, in such a way that we will bring Him all the glory.
To trust God with all our hearts means that we go beyond just using our intellect to worship Him. We should allow God to touch our very soul. This will help us avoid the trap of leaning on our own understanding, skills and desires. That isn’t to say that we should not use the brains and bodies that God has given us, but we must take care that we do not deceive ourselves into thinking that we know best, for only God can make that claim. Therefore we should bring every aspect of our lives before the Lord both in prayer and application as he teaches us how to live our lives here on earth.
This will mean that we should submit our wills to God and this is countercultural. It will make us different to the people we work with. In fact, as we live our lives in submission to God, we will be witnessing to the world around us. For example, have you ever noticed how people avoid swearing or blaspheming in front of you when they know that you are a Christian? They may even apologise before or after the use of bad language. This is evidence that we do make a difference even if they don’t understand why.
So my I encourage each one of you to keep meeting with God in the bible and use what you learn to help you become more like the Lord Jesus Christ every day. This will help you make sense of the workplace and help you to witness to your colleagues.
So as I say goodbye my prayer is that – the Lord bless you and keep you and make His face shine on you and be gracious to you. May the LORD lift up His countenance on you and give you peace.
With Christian love to you all