The Bad Times Too

When the whirlwind passes...the righteous has an everlasting foundation.  -Proverbs 10:25

Good morning!  Billy Joel's I Love You Just the Way You Are has been a hit for many years. It never seems to grow old. I heard it recently and a line jumped straight out of the song and spoke loudly.  The line is couched in a man assuring his sweetheart that he loves her just the way she is and the words are, "I took the good times; I'll take the bad times..."

There it is. Life and work are full of good times and bad times. Some work days are good days; some are great days. Some are ordinary, others mundane and some are just plain bad. It's easy to "take the good times," isn't it? But when the bad times at the office roll around our first inclination may be to bolt for the door, put out a resume or shake the bushes for another place to work.  I am not advocating that you shouldn't change jobs if you are looking.  However, what I would encourage you to do is seek God's face in the matter and recognize that there is no perfect job, workplace, business, boss or employee.  We are all fallible and life itself quite naturally has its ups and downs.  You can't run every time the tide goes out at work. Part of your calling and mine is to hang tough in the difficult times and allow God to use us in the midst of those (these) tough seasons to reassure others.  A steady work-life and an unwavering faith in God's ability to guide through trying workplace waters creates an unimpeachable testimony to God's nature and one's daily trust in Him. 

Today's Workplace Challenge:  Look before you leap! Look at the opportunity that God may be creating for you in the midst of the troubled times that your business or company may be experiencing.  Maybe this is the very platform you have prayed for; perhaps it just looks differently than you thought it might!  Ask the Lord what He is doing "in the bad times" if your workplace is experiencing them.  Then set your mind to be the agent of reassurance and calmness in the middle of the calamity.  Have a great Friday as your worship Him through your work. Make it count for His glory!