Friday, January 25, 2008

Working for the Lord

Yesterday Missy talked about juggling bricks.

Today will wrap up my first 2 weeks back to work. I had no idea what to expect. Downey, my almost-3-year-old has had the hardest time adjusting, but I'm happy to say she is adjusting and every day I am seeing improvements.

I returned to the same company I left when Downey was born. I'd retained a lot of information during eight years and after a 2 year break I was concerned I wouldn't remember everything. I had concerns about a lot of things.

My first day of work was Monday, January 14th. I'd worked hard that week before to get the house in order, took one last trip to my mom's in the mountains and returned on Sunday glad to have the day to relax with my daughter. Monday morning came and although Downey was asleep when I left, I still got all teary in the driveway. I wiped my tears before they had a chance to fall and told myself I wasn't going to turn into a basket case. I knew the choice I had made. I remembered the choices we made as a family which led me to return to work and I looked at the opportunity that would be ahead of me and the help I could provide to others by returning to work.

Tuesday came and I got all teary eyed again. This day was tougher because I was leaving Downey with my mother in-law. Again, I wiped the beginning sprouts of tears and reminded myself of the same things I'd told myself the day before. Today, I will leave her with her Nana again, but Downey is a changing and adapting child. She looks forward to going to Nana's. There, she plays with her cousin, Savannah. Her aunt Kari comes to visit and always brings her candy. When she's with her father, they go to the mall. They play on the jumpy thing and they ride the carousel.

She's getting this precious time with Nana and Daddy she may not have had as much of before. It's a blessing, truly.

As the week has pressed on, I've reminded myself of the devotion I'd read on the 14th, that first Monday morning. Some how, in my nervousness/excitement over returning to work, I rose early and had time to read the Early Light devotional out of the In Touch magazine. The title was "Getting the Most Out of Work." Here's a piece:

"God's children are called to be His servants. Since we spend significant amounts of time at a job, much of our service will be done there. As employees, we are to apply the biblical principles of obedience and sacrifice, because whoever our human boss may be, God is the ultimate authority overseeing our actions. He wants to see us practicing righteousness at work."

It's not about me. God has His hand in everything. Every thing I do, I need to look at it as working for the Lord. God is Authority over all - authority we see as good and even authority we see as bad. But that's for next week...

Next week, I'll share another blessing. I haven't carved out the time in my day to read my Bible devotions or read any passages. During the work week, I've taken advantage of traffic time and listened to a series by Andy Stanley - Taking Care of Business. I'll share more of that blessing next week.

But for now, I'll share with you the scripture that has jump started my return to the working world:

And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.
Colossians 3:22-23


  1. Christy, I'm glad it's going well. and you're right, Downey will get precious time with her daddy. I bet you'll be amazed at the bond that'll form. Each time I go out of town to conferences, I always notice that when I get home.


  2. Christy,
    God does have a plan. Change is always hard on everyone. You are doing the best thing by putting God first--all else will follow.