January 24, 2020 • Life for Leaders
As the deer pants for streams of water,
so my soul pants for you, my God.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
When can I go and meet with God?
Gracious God, sometimes when I’m at work I can feel so empty inside, so dry, to thirsty. I can be preoccupied with the tasks before me, forgetting your presence. But then, in a moment, I feel my need for you. I am like a deer in the desert, panting for streams of water. I am so thirsty, Lord, for your living water. I long to know your presence even in my usual, unspectacular, demanding work.
But then I remember that you are present. You are right here, with me now. I don’t have to go anywhere to be with you. I need only to remember you, to turn toward you, to open my heart to you. I can do this even when my work is tedious, when I’m hassled and harried. Because you are here, my workplace is a sacred place.
Help me, Lord, to meet you, not only in special times and places, but also in ordinary times and ordinary places, like my workplace. Thank you for being there even before I am aware of you. Amen.
Ponder Throughout the Day:
God is present in your place of work. You can meet God right there.
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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.