JUST A FRIENDLY REMINDER

“I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well.”

// Psalm 139:14

How many of you receive several “just a friendly reminder” emails throughout the workday? These passive-aggressive messages probably come from the anal-retentive colleague reminding you about an upcoming meeting or from the micro-managing boss prompting you to complete an assignment.

With all the messages being thrown our way daily, how often are we reminded about our true value and worth? Sure, we may receive an occasional pat on the back from a manager about a “job well done”, but the kind of affirmation I’m referring to goes much deeper and is rooted in Psalm 139:14, “I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well”.

How does this verse apply to our careers? It’s a friendly reminder that no matter what happens at work today, I am still fearfully and wonderfully made. It’s a friendly reminder that whether you’re promoted or demoted, you’re still fearfully and wonderfully made. It’s a friendly reminder that releases us of the self-imposed pressure to be “the best” because in God’s eyes, we already are the best.  

Keep in mind, this doesn’t mean we shouldn’t work hard or dream big. Colossians 3:17 actually encourages us to give our all, including in our careers:“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” Our work is an act of worship to our loving Creator. Let’s strive for excellence, being careful to always keep God first!

Dear friend, let Psalm 139:14 be the most important reminder you receive today. In a city like New York, it’s easy to equate the success or failures in our careers to who we are as individuals. But remember, you are worth more than what you do or how much you make. Our true identities are in Christ alone, as children of the King.

// Rasheeda Winfield