I was faced with the potential of some highly emotional discussions with some employees.
I prayed for wisdom and guidance. In the midst of unrest and apprehension prayed to appreciate the peace of the moment, in every moment before the actual discussion, anticipating His Unfailing Love and Wisdom surrounding me instead of anticipating and focus of apprehension on the possible conflict.
I prayed to be willing to do whatever it takes in order to stand for the highest good of each person.
The LORD spoke to me through Psalm 51:12. Restore to me the joy [welcome] of your salvation;
Uphold [to prop us, lay hold] me with your willing [#5068 voluntary, that is generous, magnanimous] spirit.
[Magnanimous: very generous or forgiving, especially toward a rival or someone less powerful than oneself.] Take hold of me LORD, with Your spirit of Great Generosity and Love…
Moses spoke to all the congregation of the sons of Israel according and the LORD commanded. “Take from among you a contribution to the LORD; whoever is of a willing [#5068] heart, let him bring it as the LORD’s contribution….NASB And they came, every one whose heart stirred him up [#5375 to lift] and everyone whom his spirit made willing [#5068] and they brought the LORD’s offering for the work of the tabernacle of the congregation, and for all his service, and for the holy garments.” KJV The people brought brooches and earrings and rings and articles of gold; blue and purple and scarlet material and fine linen, silver and bronze. The skilled women spun with their hands. The LORD filled Bezalel with His spirit, to make designs for working in gold, sliver and bronze, to perform in every inventive work. He also put in his heart to teach Oholiab, and filled them with skill to perform every work of an engraver, designer and of an embroiderer. Exodus 35:5,21-35
Lord, lift my heart and create in my heart the willingness to let go and to give what I have for Your service, according to Your will. Fill me with Your spirit, teach me through Jesus, (pictured by Bezalel—Exodus 35:31, Isaiah 11;2) the skill to make what is holy and spiritually beautiful out of common treasures and experience.
Consider the willingness of Jesus. “Looking unto [consider attentively] Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising [disesteem] the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2
Consider [contemplate] him that endured [to stay under, ie remain, fig to undergo, ie bear trials, have fortitude, persevere] such contradiction [dispute, disobedience] [from 473 & 3004 to dispute, refuse] of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds Hebrews 12:3
Consider his willingness.
Consider the willingness of the Jesus to give for the highest good, regardless of the cost.
Let the willingness of the Father and the Son inspire our own.
I want to be willing to stand for the highest good of each employee, WILLING to do what needs to be done, leaving the outcome in Your hands.
May we be willing to stand for the highest good of each person in life, whatever it takes, according to His will.
The results were again surprising. The highly emotional discussion was not necessary.
The previous day’s intensity among the employees was dissipated. I wasted a minimum of energy on the focus of what He was already dealing with on my behalf.
I was left with HIS willingness, the joy of willingness to drink of whatever cup He pours, trusting Him for all outcomes and ramifications.