Credit. Some of you may immediately think of debt when you see that word. But what if I said, “recognition”? Now, credit takes on a different meaning.
This past week I have went back and forth with “credit” at work. We are told, as Christians, we should not boast except to boast in the Lord.
“But those who wish to boast should boast in this alone: that they truly know me and understand that I am the LORD who demonstrates unfailing love and who brings justice and righteousness to the earth, and that I delight in these things. I, the LORD, have spoken!” Jer. 9:24 NLT
The flip side of that is take credit for what you’ve done. Those of you that work in Corporate America know exactly what I am talking about. The bigger the company, the more you have to toot your own horn. Especially if you want to climb the ladder to the top.
My philosophy has been “fly under the radar.” Before you form an opinion as to my being unmotivated, or just collecting a paycheck. That’s not so. Those that are reading this and know me will attest to the fact, I can’t sit still. I enjoy working on projects from inception to conception. I’ve had the position, the title, and all the perks that come with it. As well as the headaches, stress, and long hours. Over the radar means “all eyes on you.” To me “under the radar” indicates less stress and pressure to perform. For me, I have more breathing room, and the boundaries are expanded a little more.
This week I’ve asked myself, as a Christian are we to “fly under the radar”? Some of you may automatically say “NO! Absolutely not!” But, then I ask “what about the missionaries serving in countries where you will be imprisoned, or killed, for being a Christian and flying over the radar”?
Does that change your answer to “fly under the radar”? Some of you may say “no. My answer remains the same.” I applaud you. For me, I’d like to say that, and I probably could because I, nor any of my loved ones are in that position. But, if we were my answer could be different.
“John himself was not the light; he was simply a witness to tell about the light.” Jn. 1:8 NLT
One of my co-workers who recently resigned “flew above the radar.” I only knew her for a few short months, and knew she was my sister in Christ when I first met her. We can automatically tell when we meet a brother or sister in Christ. They have a certain glow about them, and their personality is magnetic. It has to be to attract others to Christ.
During her time there she would send out daily motivational emails first thing in the morning. There was a rather large group of us that were on the distribution. When I first began to receive the email I saw the list and thought “Whoa! Lord, there are that many Christians working here!” I work for a small company and the list seemed like it included half the staff. Amazing! Every morning I looked forward to seeing the email, it set the tone for the work day.
Until the morning we all saw the same email “I have been told I cannot send these out any longer.” Above the radar, she was noticed. Yes, I realize it was company email. I realize it is for work purposes only. Please don’t get lost in the means.
“But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.” Isa. 40:31 NLT
You could almost hear the gasp in unison when each of us, at our desks, read those 11 words. Now, she did not resign because of that. God brought her to a better opportunity. Her time and purpose had been utilized there. The encouraging emails that served as a reminder to each of us that God loves us, is with us, and guides us, were to be no more.
“For He chose us in advance, and he makes everything work out according to his plan.” Eph. 1:11b NLT
Yesterday I inherited her company jacket she left behind. She was on a different team than me, and I don’t know why the person thought of me. Well I do. But, there were plenty of others that did not have a company jacket that would have liked it.
The jacket that covered my sister “over the radar” now hangs on my chair, and I wonder – is the jacket the baton? Is it my turn to be “over the radar”? To be the new voice that encourages, motivates, and inspires, my brothers and sisters to forge on and be the light for Christ.
Is it your turn to be “over the radar” where you are? Not for personal gain, or promotion, but to inspire, motivate, and encourage, others for Christ.
“Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day is of his return is drawing near” Heb. 10:24 NLT
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