And that is a perfect example of what we, as God’s elect, must do wherever we work or serve. We have been placed in positions that are critical to the up-building of the Kingdom of God. As executives and administrative support to some of the greatest leaders on earth, we have been charged with serious responsibilities. The implications and ramifications of the situations and circumstances that we handle affect the lives of men and women that our leaders are charged to teach, lead and nurture. Our focus must remain on the job at hand and insure that we help them to stay on point while they are pulled in so many different directions.
We understand that personal agendas and motives can sometimes potentially impede or stall projects, and policies and procedures as mandated by our leaders. We that are strategically placed must utilize our natural skills and spiritual gifts to help keep the ship on course. We should re-affirm our commitment and dedication to the Creator and the mission.
In Biblical times, we turn to Daniel, who was described thusly: “Now this Daniel was distinguishing himself above the other supervisors and the satraps, for he had an extraordinary (excellent) spirit. In fact the king intended to appoint him over the entire kingdom.” (Daniel 6:3 - NET) I believe that we all agree that Daniel operated in less than ideal circumstances while in captivity under King Darius. When his colleagues tried to find ways to accuse him to the King in order to dissuade him from promoting Daniel, vs.4b says: “But they were unable to find any such damaging evidence, because he was trustworthy and guilty of no negligence or corruption.” The only thing they were able to charge him with was concerning serving his God.
God has imparted to each of us gifts and talents, but He has also put strength and power within us to overcome the things around us that would draw us away from serving to the best of our abilities. We must learn to draw from within to keep pushing forward and keep our focus on the “prize” that Paul reminds us to strive for in Philippians 3:14 – 16. From the Message: [12 – 16] “I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward – to Jesus. I’m off and running and I’m not turning back. So let’s keep focused on that goal, those of us who want everything that God has for us. If any of you have something else in mind, something less than total commitment, God will clear your blurred vision—you’ll see it yet! Now that we’re on the right track, let’s stay on it.”
The path is set before us, and many times we must have tunnel vision in order to maintain the level of commitment that is necessary to continue the journey. Focus, discipline, determination…these are the watch words that will help us to disregard negative comments from others, overlook unwarranted actions, and plow the fertile ground that we have been placed in to sow. How do you work in a spirit of excellence in a difficult environment? Persevere and you will be rewarded by knowing that you have overcome to claim the prize and taste the victory. Defy obstacles and just keep moving forward. Dig deep within and you will find the inner strength to finish your course.