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22 April 2013

Where I Am Meant To Be

I worked last night. No big deal, right? People do that all the time. Today, I had a meeting. Still, you might think, what's the point? Are you trying to say something important? Yes, I guess I am  - am. Deciding last summer to move "across town", as the hospital switch here is commonly referred to, I stepped from one facility to another. Never having worked for a faith-based organization before, I was not quite prepared for the immediate sense of contentment that I found in my new work environment. Coming from an atmosphere that often preferred pointing fingers to applauding successes, the beginning of every meeting with a reflection was something that took me by surprise - in a very good way! It's okay to talk about God at work! You can pray OUT LOUD. (And yes, I know that the proper term is aloud, but OUT LOUD just fits.) From the first day of orientation to today, every meeting has started with a reflection - a story, a verse or passage - that keeps us as associates focused on our true mission, to extend the healing ministry of Jesus Christ.

Today, the reflection came from Ephesians 4, and the verse resonated within me. Strangely enough, a teammate and myself had been having a similar conversation before the meeting even started! Ephesians 4:29 says "Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen." (NIV) My translation? Watch what you say, make sure it is positive. If you have to say something negative, make sure it is understood that the negativity is directed toward the action and not the person.

Why did I need to say that I had a meeting today? First, I am in a period of transition. Last week, I was blessed to be offered an opportunity to change positions at my current facility. The new job is going to allow me the chance to learn and grow in a new field, and is giving me a work environment unlike any I have had recently. For the first time in longer than I care to think about, I can honestly say that I like everyone that I work with. The atmosphere is vibrant, and thrumming with excitement. There are changes ahead that we as a team will be instrumental in implementing -- and I can't wait! I am so excited to be a part of it!!

I am grateful, happy, and at peace. I feel like this is the beginning of a new phase of my life - and I plan to embrace it wholeheartedly. Today reinforced to me what I have felt since the beginning of my employment here - this is where I am meant to be. Lord, please guide my footsteps along the path that glorifies you. Help me every day to show your love.

"It is the LORD your God you must follow, and him you must revere. Keep his commands and obey him; serve him and hold fast to him." ~ Deuteronomy 13:4 NIV

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