Last month, I shared a post about the change I was facing in my day job. (If you didn’t see it, you can read that post here.) Well, I’m happy to announce that I survived the transition! Or at least I have so far. This is my first week in the new job. I’ve been busy with training and learning new systems and have been on the phone with the Help Desk about 47 times to get all my technology working properly. And just as I’m starting to get settled into the new office . . . Conference Time!
Yep – at the new job for a grand total of three days before I left today for Dallas and the ACFW Conference. Thankfully, my new supervisor was aware of this trip on my calendar before I took the job and approved the time off. Whew! That could have been awkward seeing as how I’m teaching a session and doing paid critiques. Not to mention all the meetings with my publishing peeps.
So, since I’m on the road today and won’t be able to respond very often to comments, I thought I’d just show you a couple pictures of my new office. There is an entire wall of built-in shelves that I somehow managed to fill with books (shocking that I had so many readily at hand, isn’t it?) and my Willow Tree figurine collection.
The second shot is the front side of my desk with family photos, inspirational artwork, and a cross-stitch design I made 12 years ago when I first went back to work. There’s a larger version at the top of this post without the frame. It is a border of grapevines with Colossians 3:23 in the middle:
Whatever you do, work at it will all your heart,
as working for the Lord and not for man.
That is a verse I try to take to heart every day. God has called me to do my very best in whatever I do, whether it is a job I love and am passionate about or one I simply use to pay the bills. The command fits on days that my spirit is full of optimism and joy as well as on those days when I’m grumpy and everything seems to be going wrong. It remains in place if I have to deal with difficult people or frustrating technology. It is not conditional. Every day, every situation, I’m called to give my best as if the Lord is the one on the other end of the phone line or in the meeting or standing in front of my desk. It’s hard to remember in the heat of frustration or impatience, and I don’t always succeed, but I keep that verse on the wall where I can see it so the reminder is always close at hand.
- What verses do you keep close at hand (or on your heart) to help you get through the work day?