A MESSAGE OF SPIRITUAL INSPIRATION FOR WORKDAYS
Message Synopsis: At times the rote nature of our jobs and the lackluster nature of our work environments can threaten to brush apathy across our days, but we have to remember that there is always color, light, and inspiration waiting for us in the form of our connection to God. This message encourages worn-down readers to stay mindful of the indelible spiritual nature of their every breath in order to keep hope and beauty within constant reach.
“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.” Isaiah 43:2 ESV
For thus says the high and exalted One Who lives forever, whose name is Holy, “I dwell on a high and holy place, And also with the contrite and lowly of spirit In order to revive the spirit of the lowly And to revive the heart of the contrite.” Isaiah 57:15 NASB
Where do you go when you need to find inspiration in the middle of difficult times? Where do you go when you need to find creativity and renewal in the middle of a long workday? It isn’t always easy to find something beautiful and stirring amidst the mundane, so it helps to have a blueprint to our own inspiration before we start each day.
Ironically, the areas set aside for finding creativity and emotional renewal in the workplace are often the antithesis of inspiring. They are often bland, outdated meeting rooms with ironic names like Innovation Room B, and they are often steely, overcrowded breakrooms that lack windows and exude a certain waiting-room aura. However, despite any glum or gloomy surroundings, we all have to find inspiration and renewal on a daily basis. If we don’t find these things both personally and professionally, then we can quickly find ourselves overstressed, undermotivated, and without the energy to move forward.
Thankfully, our spiritual lives allow us a personal reservoir of inspiration that we can carry with us each day into all situations. If we make sure to care for and cultivate this reservoir, then we are able to easily tap into it anyplace, even in surroundings that seem to be the opposite of spiritual or inspirational. One of the majorly overlooked benefits of a spiritual life is its mobile nature. People sometimes fall into the mistaken belief that God and a relationship with Him exist only within the walls of a church or seminary, but it is precisely because He dwells with us in the lowest, dirtiest, most hopeless corners of our lives that God is able to help and protect us.
At times, the rote nature of our jobs and the lackluster nature of our work environments can threaten to brush apathy across our days, but we have to remember that there is always color, light, and inspiration waiting to rescue us. If we stay mindful of the indelible spiritual nature of our every breath, then hope and beauty are always within reach.
Today, amidst whatever noise and stress you find at work, know that God is there. Know that He is waiting to provide you with a moment of quiet reassurance. Today, even if you feel overwhelmed by spiritless rhetoric or mundane tasks at your job, know that God is at your shoulder, offering you a glimpse of something deep and meaningful to latch onto. Today, stock your reserves of spiritual inspiration full before heading out the door, and be prepared to access those reserves whenever you need to.
Prayer: Dear God, an existence without passion, warmth, and inspiration doesn’t feel much like living at all. Please bring color, compassion, and creativity to my day.
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