SITUATION.

1 Corinthians 7:17

Nevertheless, each person should live as a believer in whatever situation the Lord has assigned to them, just as God has called them…

While I was in college, I was a baseball player. After graduating college and not being selected in the MLB draft, I found myself a bit lost. I knew I wanted to stay in Louisville, so I began quickly searching for jobs. I ended up landing an interview as a catering manager at Chick-fil-a. I knew nothing about anything in that arena, but then I began my journey to the Jesus loving chicken factory.

If I am being honest I felt a bit of shame at first. I had a college degree in finance from Louisville and was working at Chick-fil-a. Now don’t get me wrong, it is a fine establishment, but it wasn’t anywhere close to where I saw myself after college.

I stuck to it for a handful of months, learning and growing in my area of expertise, catering. Honestly looking back, I have a ton of respect for those who work at fast food restaurants. It is hard work from the time you clock in to the time you clock out. Customer service is no joke.

In a situation that wasn’t ideal, I knew God had a purpose. I remember seeing a verse in the Bible similar to this. Telling followers to love where they are at. So this is exactly what I did. I had intentional conversations with co-workers on my lunch breaks and found an awesome community of people who worked there. I didn’t see it at the time, but God was teaching me something.

Even if you aren’t where you want to be, God has you right where He wants you. If we were all put in the most perfect and comfortable situations all the time, we would never be stretched. We would never find our full potential.

I learned more about myself during the tough times in my life than I did during the easy times. I have grown in my relationship with Jesus more than ever during the tough times. I was slowly being molded into the person God has called me to be, and I still am to this day. Hear me on this, I am not perfect, but that is no excuse to sit back and go through the motions.

So what does this verse mean for you? Are you being intentional where God has placed you in this moment in time? Are you investing in the people around you? At your work God has placed people next to you so He can grow His kingdom. Wow what a gift of fresh perspective that is. If we could see the smelly mean person next to us as a child of God and someone who needs Jesus, it could change everything.

My hope is this verse would motivate us to be better. My hope is this verse can help us realize that God has placed us right where we are for a bigger purpose, His purpose.

Go ask that co-worker to coffee. Bring them some breakfast. Ask them about their story. Find out what is going on in their life. Jesus will open doors you never knew where there. He will help you find depth and joy in your day to day life. Don’t wait for it to happen, go out and be the hands and feet. I promise Jesus will shift your heart.

Who can you begin to love more at work?

How can you change your agenda to His agenda?

Dear Lord, thank you for the gift of life. I pray we wake up each day and see it as an opportunity to glorify You. Help us to love others as You have loved us. Thank you Jesus. Amen.

Have a great day!

C. Lyman

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