Praise God!!! I recently got promoted from Senior Executive to Assistant Manager at my workplace.
*Indeed promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south. But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another. (Psalm 75:6,7)*
Here are 5 lessons I learned in my waiting period, which I thought will encourage you if you too are waiting for a breakthrough, especially at your workplace:
1. Re-align your focus
To reach a goal, focus is of utmost importance. Because I have a promise doesn’t mean I can simply rest and wait for the promotion to be handed down to me. I had to work towards it by faith.
One clear instruction that had come to me in my quiet time was to majorly cut down the time I spend on social media and with friends.
Being obedient to this instruction saved me a lot of time. Now I had all the time in the world to meditate on the Word of God, invest in re-watching our Sunday church sermons, and keep singing His praises throughout the day.
The effects of this decision reflected at my workplace. Usually, whenever I get scared or too excited, I tend to stammer. However, this time I noticed that whenever we had team meetings with the senior management including the CEOs, I carried peace in my heart and sensed a strong presence of the Lord with me, as I spoke with confidence in front of them.
2. A change in my associations
The more I drew closer to God and started walking by His instructions, my associations also began to change. I could no longer relate with certain friends with whom I used to hang around previously.
Our associations or friendships sure have an impact on our lives.
It’s so important to surround yourself with people who carry a God vision and who will encourage you in your walk with God, and let go of people who only drag you down further from achieving your goals.
3. Take responsibility
As a team manager, God taught me to take responsibility rather than pointing fingers, even if it was a mistake made by someone else on my team. Many times, the voice of the Holy Spirit would often instruct me to remain quiet and be responsible at times.
Even though it felt unfair, I silently calmed my thoughts and trusted the Lord. And God always turned the tables whenever I obeyed and trusted Him, and He always made me the head and not anything lower.
4. Bless and not curse
Not all of us have the nicest managers or bosses. And oftentimes, our human nature is to curse and swear when tested beyond our point of patience.
But the Word of God teaches us differently. Luke 6:27-28 says, “Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.”
Dear SOAR sisters, here’s an advice that has sure rewards from our heavenly Father- Always pray for your bosses and managers and bless them, no matter how rude or unfair they might be.
5. Hold onto your promise
If you have received a promise or a prophetic word from God, hold fast to it, no matter how unreal it may seem or how impossible it may look compared to your current situation.
Write it down, put it in a place where you see it daily, and read and declare them out loud until you see it come to pass. For it will surely come to pass. Just hold on until God prepares you.
“What I have said, that I will bring about; what I have planned, that I will do.”( Isaiah 46:11)