Should I stay with this job or take the offer on the table? Is this the right way to reduce my overhead in these difficult economic times? Laying off those 18 people would be anguishing. Is it really the route I should go? Work-related decisions often come at us like water out of a fire hydrant. Handling them and making wise choices as we face each situation is of critical importance. How do you arrive upon your answers when faced with dilemmas and confusing forks in your work-path?
We live and die by our decisions. None of us is exempt from having to make the hard ones. Often times, it is not that we don’t know what to do; it may be more that we are fairly clear on what we should do but we just really don’t want to do it. An up-and-coming young rich man who held a position of authority in his community came to Jesus and asked what he might do to inherit eternal life. Ultimately, Jesus told him to sell all he had, give the proceeds to the poor, and come follow Him. It was very clear what this marketplace leader should do, but doing it was another story. “He went away grieving; for he was one who owned much property.” (Matt. 19:22) He knew the facts: he needed to sell his property and liquidate his business that day. But he fought the facts and missed what God had for him. Solomon’s advice suggested that it is “foolish” to fight the facts. (Prov. 1:22)
Act on the facts whenever you know them. Don’t ask God for more today if you haven’t acted upon what you already know to be/do. Specifically, identify that one thing that you have not yet done…that thing that you know needs to be done. But you have put it off; you have just been unwilling to pull the trigger. It may even represent a subtle form of disobedience because you know you need to do it (or stop doing it). Experience the joy, victory and clarity in making workplace decisions not based on ease, comfort, or a selfish motives but make decisions in your vocation that are based on the Holy Spirit’s revealed will and the facts of the matter at hand. Do so and you walk away a much richer man (or woman) than the one in the story above!