This week has been a tough week, as far as spiritual challenges go. Every week at ladies Bible study I've been asking them to pray for my continued spiritual growth. I can't help but think that if you're going to ask God for spiritual growth in your life, you better be prepared for some stretching.
So streeeeetching it is. Ouch, does it hurt!
Seems that the area God has chosen to do the stretching in is concerning my attitude at work. And yes, I am a church secretary with a bad attitude. Please don't gasp so hard that you suck the cursor right out of your computer screen. I'm a sinner who happens to work at a church.
My sin problems are in the anger, pride and fear departments, and they manifest themselves in perfectionism. Did I ever tell you I'm a perfectionist? I'm pretty sure it was on my list of 25 things about Liz, although I believe it was listed as a "recovering perfectionist". Yeah, at least, that's what I thought.
I realized a couple days ago that my perfectionism has been causing me some undue grief. Maybe I'm not as "recovered" as I thought I was. I couldn't believe it was still hanging on like that. I got to thinking that if I would look at my work from a different perspective, I would probably cut out a big chunk of my aggravation.
I went into work Monday prayerfully, and I was able to see things differently. It was surprising! I was calm, even under the same circumstances that would normally set me off. Calm. Thank you, Lord. I learned I can be calm.
Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:5-7 (NASB)
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