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Topic: Like a Fish Out of Water (10/24/13)
- TITLE: FIRST DAY AT WORK
By steve gilbert
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I had not wanted this job. I was happy with my old job but my wife kept telling me that my talents could be used in a better way and after all it was an important position with a lot more money. As I drove into the parking lot on that first morning I kept telling myself that “I can’t do this”, there are a lot more qualified people out there and the fear of not performing almost made me get back in my car and tell the boss “I changed my mind”.
The pressure of the morning introductions and the unending list of new faces and names were almost an overload. But gradually as the minutes began to pass my fear and nervousness slowly gave way to a since of peace and relaxation. My new boss told me that he knew I was the one that could take them to the next level. He told me they had been too long without direction and leadership. I thought, “Who is he talking about?” I’m not a leader. I’m not even sure what I am doing. However as I prayed, “God, I can’t do this on my own but if this is where you want me please give me the abilities I need” the morning gave way to afternoon and I systematically began storing up lists in my mind as to how I would change things…hopefully for the better, and began to see how I could make a positive impact in this new adventure. The fear and doubt has changed to excitement and enthusiasm.
As I walked the halls of the main administration building trying to think how I could manage this huge responsibility my mind quickly remembered a story of someone else who felt he was the wrong man for the job. Thousands upon thousands of individuals were in need of a great leader. They were good people but had no direction. God chose Moses to lead a great nation and He chose the most unlikely candidate. Moses did not want the job and kept telling God there others out there a lot more qualified.
Now let me add here that in no way do I compare myself to Moses or his leadership ability. But I do know that whether you have been chosen to lead a large corporation, a small church, or simply your family, the abilities you and I have are gifts given to us by the Father. When God calls us to a specific place or position He does not make a mistake. And when we say, “I can’t do this” or “there are others more qualified” remember…if there were, God would have chosen them. No matter how out of place something feels, if we put our trust in Him, even though sometimes we make mistakes, our efforts will be rewarded, pleasing and glorifying to the Father.
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