– the words conjure visions of birds soaring high…
…of a strong independent person….
…who can make it without anyone’s help. Independent.
I could easily be described by myself and others as independent.
How often in His word does God remind us that he is always with us? That He will never leave us alone? Think of all the people in scripture that God needs to remind of His presence? Moses, Gideon, Joshua, Abraham, Peter, Paul, and the list goes on.
God longs for us to depend on him. He knows we can’t make it without Him. He knows, better than we do, how much we need Him. Independence is really a form of sin, like the five “I will”s of Satan found in Isaiah 14. We want to do it ourselves because at the root of our thinking, we believe we can do it better than God.
But there’s another way we try to fly solo. In the workplace.
It’s easier to go it alone than to depend on anyone else. I can get things done faster without anyone’s help, not to mention get it done correctly. I don’t have to explain myself or expose myself and my insecurities.
It’s easy to fly solo in the workplace as a woman of faith, because many of those I work with may not share my faith walk. This perhaps puts me in a position where I fly solo by default.
But God never intended us to fly solo.
In the very beginning of His creation, God said that it wasn’t good for man to be alone. (Genesis 2:18) In Ecclesiastes God says that two are better than one. (Eccles. 4:9)
God wants us to be in community with those around us, especially with other believers, and especially in the workplace. We spend most of our waking hours at work. Isn’t this part of our purpose for being there? To live out our calling in the workplace, bringing God’s love and grace to a lost world around us? How can we do this if we insist on flying solo?
Are you flying solo? Are you attempting to soar on your own?
Are you thinking you are the only believer in your workplace? Does this cause you to fly incognito? To hide in your cubicle/office? Remember when Elijah though he was the only believer of God left? He went and hid in a cave and whined to God. (1 Kings 19) What was God’s response? God knew where there were at least 7,000 other believers.
Look around you, my guess is that unless it’s just you and one other person, there is someone else within your organization who is a believer. They may not be in your department, but they’re there.
Look for them. Talk with those around you. Seek them out. You may be pleasantly surprised to find that there are more believers than you thought. Once you find them, bind with them.
They don’t have to be the same denomination as you, or go to the same church, or read the same translation of the Bible as you. If the foundation is Christ and the cross, that is all that matters. You can pray for one another, pray with one another.
Another believer and I in my organization meet every Monday morning for a few minutes to pray for the week, to ask for God’s wisdom, to lift up fellow employees, the company and each other. I’ll admit that we have only been doing this for a few weeks now, but the impact has already been tremendous for me. I even look forward to Monday mornings now!
God intended us to live in community. By finding and binding with other believers within the workplace, you become stronger, both in your own faith, and as a force of truth and light within your organization.
“When we get together, I want to encourage you in your faith, but I also want to be encouraged by yours.” (Romans 1:12 NLT)
“I want them to be encouraged and knit together by strong ties of love. I want them to have complete confidence that they understand God’s mysterious plan, which is Christ himself.” (Colossians 2:2)
May this week, be the week you end your solo flight!