I’ve started the new year off immersed in God’s word including a determination to read through the Bible in one trip of Planet Earth around the Sun. My immersion includes several Bible reading plans that I found on my Bible app, a weekly Bible study and daily devotional at work, and listening to a preacher exposit Scripture during the Saturday evening church service Sweet T and I are currently attending.
As I mentioned in an earlier post, transition is the word of the year for us here at the Bantau hacienda. In addition to my starting a new job, we’ve also left our previous church and find ourselves in search of a new church home.
Flexibility is a word that has cropped up a lot this year. While as Christians we are expected to be faithful and obedient, I’ve come to learn that flexibility is important when pursuing God’s work. In fact, I think flexibility is a valuable attribute for anyone in any career field.
According to the Cambridge Dictionary, flexibility is the ability to change or be changed easily according to the situation.
In the workplace, flexibility demonstrates the willingness and ability to adapt to change.
The last 14 months have certainly taught all of us something about the value of flexibility and being willing to adapt to a different paradigm than we understood prior to the pandemic setting foot on the world stage.
Flexibility invites trust whereas inflexibility diminishes morale. I think back to the days of my youth when I encountered Christians who came across as inflexibile. To be sure, believers need to stand fast to our beliefs and stand firm in our faith, however, too often inflexibility communicates unkindness and ungenerosity. In other words, a lack of grace.
You catch more flies with honey than vinegar.English Proverb
I think flexibility also demonstrates our trust in God and His plan, rather than our own agenda. Let’s face it…the best laid plans quickly go awry despite our best intentions. People don’t act according to our script. They don’t do what we want just because we think they should. Things don’t turn out the way we’d like them to turn out. Sometimes, we have a great plan, but lack the skill or talent to execute it in the way we envisoned.
In my short time working as the Food Services Manager for OurCalling, a Dallas-based discipleship ministry for the homeless, I have witnessed the need for flexibility firsthand.
Thankfully, God has blessed me with an abundance of kitchen helpers consisting of volunteers, temporary workers, and people serving to fulfill their community service obligations. Their skillsets vary, as do their age, cultural background, and experience cooking. An attitude of flexibility is key for us to funcition successfully as a team. And keeping an attitude of flexiility is critical for me as well because tomorrow I will have a different set of helpers preparing to serve a different menu than the day before.
Part of my job involves menu planning. Flexibility is key here also, because what I have delivered via donations varies, too. I’m constantly looking over product and deciding what I can make with it that will feed the nearly 1500 homeless people we feed each week.
The weather plays a role in our ministry as well. Below freezing overnight temps means we will be serving breakfast and dinner in addition to lunch. Typically, we serve coffee and pastries each weekday morning. With the cold snap that’s coming, breakfasts will likely be hotter and heartier. Dinner will add a new twist to the workday. But it’s all part of a days work. It’s a glorious privilege to serve as the hands and feet of Jesus.
These are just some ways I am seeing the increasing importance of flexibility in my life. I’ve witnessed how flexibility transforms the culture of a workplace, including ministry and nonprofit organizations.
How about you? How have you experienced the need for flexibility in your life in this COVID-19 world?
I pray that you will have a blessed week and that the Lord showers you with His favor.
The Devotional Guy™