October 18, 2019 • Life for Leaders
LORD, who may dwell in your sacred tent?
Who may live on your holy mountain?
The one whose walk is blameless . . .
who keeps an oath even when it hurts,
and does not change their mind;
Gracious God, thank you for welcoming me into relationship with you, not because of my blamelessness, but because of the blamelessness of Christ. By grace, I am free to live in your presence. O Lord, I long to dwell with you; not only when I’m alone in prayer or gathered with your people for worship. I long to dwell with you every day, every moment, in everything I do, including my work.
Thus, I want to be someone who “keeps an oath,” even when I’m tempted to change my mind for professional gain, even when I fear that faithfulness will be costly to me, even when people around me are getting ahead through their strategic unreliability.
Help me, I pray, to be trustworthy in all my ways, all my relationships, all my commitments, all my promises. May I be known for reliability in my workplace, for integrity in all things. And may this reflect well, not only on me, but also on you. Amen.
Ponder Throughout the Day
God is honored when you keep faith in your work, even when it hurts.
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Dr. Mark D. Roberts is a Senior Strategist for Fuller’s Max De Pree Center for Leadership, where he focuses on the spiritual development and thriving of leaders. He is the principal writer of the daily devotional, Life for Leaders, and the founder of the De Pree Center’s Flourishing in the Third Third of Life Initiative. Previously, Mark was the Executive Director of the De Pree Center, the lead pastor of a church in Southern California, and the Senior Director of Laity Lodge in Texas. He has written eight books, dozens of articles, and over 2,500 devotions that help people discover the difference God makes in their daily life and leadership. With a Ph.D. in New Testament from Harvard, Mark teaches at Fuller Seminary, most recently in his D.Min. cohort on “Faith, Work, Economics, and Vocation.” Mark is married to Linda, a marriage and family counselor, spiritual director, and executive coach. Their two grown children are educators on the high school and college level.