The inspiration for this post came when a co-worker told me I was always happy on the job, and it made me think of the prep work I do every day to get to that point. I say prep work because whether we’re walking into work or any situation we’re going to face unforeseen problems.
These problems will be easier to face when they’re not compounded with additional problems we carry into the situation. For instance, at work I have a daily deadline; the deadline is coming whether I’m happy or sad; angry or at peace. So I choose to be as joyful as possible going in so I can better do my job.
I prepare by prayer and reading the Word. I’m trying to get more conversational with God so I usually talk to Him on the way to work during my commute. And I’m usually praying on the way out the door before then too! I also keep scripture in my phone to quickly glance at if I need a boost of inspiration or a Word to calm me.
These are just some things that have been working for me lately. I like the quote that same pastor was saying about how “prayer should be our first response and not our last resort.”
So when we follow these tips I’m confident we will shine wherever we go because the Word says, “You are the light of the world...let your light shine before men, then they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5: 14, 16