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週一嗎哪:在變動當中找到平安(2018/02/12)    首頁 > 最新內容

 

 

                 週一嗎哪 

服事全球工商界

2018-2-12

By Catherine Gates

在變動當中找到平安

FINDING PEACE IN THE MIDST OF CHANGE

 

對大部分的人來說,改變等於不安,就算只是要改變的想法,也令人不安。即使現實的狀況並不好,但是熟悉的事物讓我們感到舒適。人們拒絕改變的前幾個原因包括:覺得會失去控制、害怕預期外的驚嚇、需要改變現狀從頭開始、害怕失敗、害怕犯錯、或者在學習新的技能時無法達到標準。如果是牽涉到工作上的大改變,例如被裁員,恐懼更是會急速地上升。

 

改變給我們帶來這麼多不安的因素,尤其是當我們遇到重大的改變時,要怎麼能在改變中找到平靜呢?我只知道一個方法,那就是:信心。

 

在職場上我經歷了很多改變,有些很好,有些很糟。其中包括組織重組、被裁員以及十六年間的轉換跑道。其中一次最有戲劇性的就是在還不知道工作的時候,搬家到橫越美國領土一半之外的地方。我個人把它稱作「我的亞伯拉罕經驗」。因為我搬到一個完全陌生的地方,不知道未來的工作是甚麼,也不知道自己是否能適應當地的文化。但是,我很確定是神帶領我到那裡的。 

 

在各種變動的時刻,亞伯拉罕的故事給我勇氣和希望。神要求亞伯拉罕離開他所熟悉的一切:他的房子、家族、朋友和土地,去神要他去的地方。當時,神還沒有告訴亞伯拉罕那是甚麼地方,但是神很明確地告訴他,當他起身,神就會祝福他。亞伯拉罕移居到一個陌生的地方,經歷了飢荒、和敵人爭戰以及多年沒有子嗣。但是神卻告訴他,他的後代要像天上的星星那麼多。創世記1516節告訴我們:「亞伯蘭信耶和華,耶和華就以此為他的義。

 

在充滿變動的時刻,我們要如何避免被恐懼和焦慮所淹沒? 亞伯拉罕是我們最好的榜樣。

 

尋求神,住在祂裡面。 亞伯拉罕持續與神親近、尋求祂的旨意以及遵守祂的指示。身為耶穌的門徒,聖靈內住我們的內心引導我們。我們藉著讀經、禱告和感謝來住在神裡面。當我們在祂裡面,我們就得到智慧和引導來走未來的道路。

 

學習順服神 。很多事看起來一點也不合理,但是亞伯拉罕還是選擇順服神的旨意,亞伯拉罕是順服神最佳的典範。當我們想要自己解決事情的時候,其實是在跟神說:「我可以自己處理,我不需要你。」這是很令人害怕的想法,因為我們不知道未來將會如何,所以我們永遠都需要神。神知道未來,祂的計畫也總是比我們的計畫好太多。

 

永不停止信靠神 。在亞伯拉罕得到兒子的時候,他已經100歲了,距離神應許要給他兒子的時間已經有25年之久,但是亞伯拉罕從來沒有停止信靠神。當我回頭看自己的人生,我總是看到神的信實。也許需要花時間,花很多年的時間,但是神用這些時間為我們預備更好的計畫。

 

亞伯拉罕的故事激勵我持續地與神親近和信靠祂。當你越來越信靠神、無論困境順境都讚美祂、為特別的事情代求,神會給你出人意料的平安(腓立比書46-7)和信心,因為祂何等美好,祂所做的工奇妙可畏。

 

版權所有 2018 凱特琳.蓋茲。她是Workmatters外展和委身事工的執行長。蓋茲女士在不同領域的職場上有超過三十年以上的經驗,包括科技業、銷售業、領袖培訓等等。她監督和貢獻Workmatters的讀書會和裝備課程,裝備課程的內容為用聖經的原則來裝備領袖。她熱心助人,致力於幫助人激發從神而來的潛能。如果希望知道更多關於Workmatters事工,請上他們的官網。http://www.workmatters.org/portfolio/catherine-gates/

 

 

反省與問題討論

 

第一、當遇到不能控制的改變的時候,你通常都如何回應?

 

第二、你覺得哪一方面的改變讓你感到最不安?

 

第三、作者建議我們要服從神,你覺得對你來說是一件很容易的事情嗎?當你順服祂的時候,你所想的和做的事情都和平常不一樣嗎?請解釋你的答案。

 

第四、你覺得甚麼時候要信靠神是最困難的?請談一談當時的狀況以及後來事情如何轉變?經過這件事後,你是否學習到在遇到困難的時候更要信靠神呢?

 

 

備註: 如果你手上有聖經,希望閱讀更多和這個主題相關的經文,請參考:

 

詩篇231-6

23:1 和華是我的牧者,我必不致缺乏。

23:2 他使我躺臥在青草地上,領我在可安歇的水邊。

23:3 他使我的靈魂甦醒,為自己的名引導我走義路。

23:4 我雖然行過死蔭的幽谷,也不怕遭害,因為你與我同在;你的杖,你的竿,都安慰我。

23:5 在我敵人面前,你為我擺設筵席;你用油膏了我的頭,使我的福杯滿溢。

23:6 一生一世必有恩惠慈愛隨著我;我且要住在耶和華的殿中,直到永遠。

 

以賽亞書 263

26:3 堅心倚賴你的,你必保守他十分平安,因為他倚靠你。

 

以賽亞書 4110

41:10 你不要害怕,因為我與你同在;不要驚惶,因為我是你的 神。我必堅固你,我必幫助你;我必用我公義的右手扶持你。

 

耶利米書 2911-13

29:11 耶和華說:我知道我向你們所懷的意念是賜平安的意念,不是降災禍的意念,要叫你們末後有指望。

29:12 你們要呼求我,禱告我,我就應允你們。

29:13 你們尋求我,若專心尋求我,就必尋見。

 

耶利米書 333

33:3你求告我,我就應允你,並將你所不知道、又大又難的事指示你。

 

約翰福音1427

14:27 耶穌連忙對他們說:「你們放心,是我,不要怕!」

 

 

 

 

 

                                          MONDAY MANNA

February 12, 2018

 

FINDING PEACE IN THE MIDST OF CHANGE

 

By Catherine Gates

 

For most people, change is unsettling – even the idea of it. We tend to find comfort in the known, even when the known is not working so well. Some of the top reasons people resist change include: a sense of loss of control; fear of unexpected surprises; breaking routine and having to learn all over again; fear of failure, or at least a fear of making mistakes and producing subpar work in the learning process. If it involves a complete change in job status, such as a layoff, fears can mount exponentially.

 

Given this prevalent preference for the familiar, how is it possible to find peace in the midst of change, especially change that seems like a complete upheaval? I only know of one way: Faith.

 

I have been through many changes in my career – some welcomed, some not so much. They have included organizational restructuring, layoffs, and a complete shift in career that took twists and turns for 16 years. One very dramatic change involved moving halfway across the country with no prospects of a job. I refer to that season as my “Abraham experience”: I moved to a place where I had no connections. I had no idea what the job market looked like. And had no idea how I would fit into the culture. But I sensed God was leading me there.

 

The story of Abraham gives us encouragement and hope during times of change on many levels. God asked Abraham to leave everything he knew – his family, friends, home, and land – to go to a place God would “show him.” God didn’t say where, or what it would be like. God did tell Abraham – or Abram, as he started out – he would be blessed. Abram moved to foreign lands, went through famine, fought enemies, and dealt with many years of being childless. But God told him his offspring would be as numerous as the stars. Genesis 15:6 tells us, “Abram believed the Lord, and it was credited to him as righteousness.”

 

How can we get through such times without being overwhelmed with fear and anxiety? Abraham serves as a great example:

Seek to abide in the Lord. Abraham remained close to God, seeking His will and following His direction. As followers of Jesus Christ, we have the Holy Spirit in us to guide and direct us. We abide in God by reading and studying the Bible, through prayer, and by giving thanks. When we abide in this way, we receive wisdom and guidance to take the best steps.

Learn to submit to God. Although it often did not make sense, Abraham submitted to God’s will, setting the example for us of what it looks like to be obedient. When we take matters into our own hands, we are telling God, “I’ve got this. I don’t need You.” That is a frightening thought. We always need God because we don’t know what lies ahead. But He does. And His plan is always much better than ours.

Never stop trusting God. Abraham did not have his promised son until he was 100 years old – 25 years after God first made the promise. But Abraham never stopped trusting God. When I look back on my life, I can see God has always come through. It may take time – sometimes years – but God uses the time to prepare us for the better things He has planned.

 

Abraham’s story has inspired me to continually stay close to God and trust Him. As you increase your reliance on God, give thanks in all circumstances, and pray specific requests, God will give you His peace that passes all understanding (Philippians 4:6-7), confident in His goodness and His wondrous works.

 

© 2018, Workmatters. Catherine Gates is Director of Outreach & Engagement at Workmatters. Ms. Gates has more than 30 years of marketplace experience in a variety of industries, including technology, sales, and leadership development. She has overseen and contributed to the development of all Workmatters studies, designed to equip marketplace leaders with biblical principles for their work. She is passionate about helping others tap into more of their God-given potential. To learn more visit workmatters.org.

 

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Reflection/Discussion Questions

 

1.       How do you typically respond to change – especially when it is not on your own terms?

 

 

 

 

2.       What are the aspects of change that you find most unsettling?

 

 

 

 

3.       Ms. Gates suggests learning to “abide in the Lord” It that something that comes easily for you? Do you think or act differently when you are abiding in Him? Explain your answer. 

 

 

 

 

4.    Think of a time when trusting in God seemed most difficult? Describe that time, and how the circumstances turned out. What – if anything – did you learn about trusting in and relying on the Lord through that situation?

 

 

 

 

NOTE: If you have a Bible and would like to read more about this subject, consider the following passages:

 

Psalm 23:1-6; Isaiah 26:3, 41:10; Jeremiah 29:11-13, 33:3; John 14:27

 

 

 

 

 

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