The early years of my career were filled with certainties. I was committed to my job and the company I represented. In turn, the company was interesting in my development and the potential of my career. I signed a corporate code of conduct that including how I would dress, behave with other employees, and even how I would conduct my life outside of work. There were no religious overtones. Everything was wrapped in the envelope of doing what was best for the corporation. I had joined the corporation and was now a company man.
Company men and women are rare animals today. Corporations are rarely interested in the potential of one’s career. Companies are not looking for lifetime employee commitment. Candidly, an employee like this is too expensive. Given the need for financial agility, many companies consider their employees as a resource that can be disposed and added at will. People are used, compensated for their time, and left alone.
It is easy to assume that this is how everything should be in life. Life is a fight, ultimately we are on our own.
I find that Divinity works in very different ways. There was a time when “Paul and company put out to sea, sailing on to Perga in Pamphylia. That's where John called it quits and went back to Jerusalem.” (Acts 13.13) Paul was not discarding John. John was not abandoning Paul or the mission. Rather, John had done what he could and his path lay in a different direction.
God commits to individuals and never looks back. The idea that we will be abandoned in tough times is foreign to the God I know. Divinity sticks with us, when we are loyal and when wander. God is on our side, even when we are not sure which side we would choose.
As the day unfolds, remember that God is with you. You have a calling. It may not seem like much, but everyone can make a difference. In trying to make the world a better place, we take a stand for God’s cause.