Moving Forward – One Step in Front of the Other!
“Who is as the wise man? And who knows the interpretation of a thing? A man’s wisdom makes his face to shine, and the boldness of his face shall be changed.” (Ecclesiastes 8:1)
Change management is never easy – particularly, when it exists in a profession that routinely changes daily. So, in my world of courier deliveries, the announcement that changes were coming was not a surprise. But this time it seemed different. The drivers were informed that “lots of changes” were coming at work. We already knew about the new scanners (meaning more after hours training), more freight (meaning longer working hours), new drivers (meaning additional distress calls to long-time drivers) etc. but how does one prepare for new routes?
This is where many of us, as employees become challenged. Do we rise to the occasion, recognizing that change in the long run will be beneficial to the organization? Or, do we become stressed, that decisions are being made, from which we are – on many levels — rendered as non-participants?
In my personal life, I firmly believe that sometimes we have to hang onto those principles which have been proven to work. My reasoning is this. While the old ways sometimes require more effort on our part, the rewards are more profound and long lasting. But in a professional workplace, our personal beliefs and suggestions are often relegated to second place, by virtue that it is a “professional” workplace.
As I pondered these seemingly “never the twain shall meet” perspectives, I began to realize that I love my job. I honestly love being a courier driver – in spite of the day-to-day challenges that can occur. As such, I feel blessed to have a good paying job that still allows me to spend time with my family and loved ones. Moreover, I believe that we should be very thankful for what we have. In my case, I live in on an island that we call paradise – a rare and priceless pearl – when we consider the violence and siege that are prominent in other places in the world.
And then, as I thought about the many blessings that Jesus has bestowed upon my life, I can attest that the grass is not always greener on the other side of the fence. It has been over 2000 years since we were blessed with Jesus’ presence in person but His teachings are as relevant and as meaningful today as they ever were.
John Knox once wrote, “No one else holds or has held the place in the heart of the world which Jesus holds. Other gods have been as devoutly worshipped; [but] no other man has been so devoutly loved.”
So when the times are changing – whether it’s our technology, our relationships, or our job – stand still for a moment and recognize that always looking for the next best thing in life is not always the answer. Sometimes, the answer is in our heart. Praise Jesus for giving me the wisdom to know the difference.