During the past week another successful review at work was conducted and our team is extremely grateful that we got it with flying colors. In the rundown to the 4-day event, we have to work on our template which was developed over so many months in preparation for a different but related review which happened a month before. Pressure was mounting as the reviews drew near as we wanted to prepare well. Extra work was done, relaxation was reduced, and sacrifices were made. As in any other review, the team wanted to prepare thoroughly and properly. The hallmark of the leadership team was to impress on everyone that we have to be ready for it. We don’t want to leave any stone unturned in the desire to give a good account of the plant’s high ratings in quality and productivity indices. We want to be consistent in visual review and inspection.
When time for preparation was almost done, I told the team that “we’ve done everything we can, now it’s time to pray for God to bless all our efforts.” With God’s grace, the team was able to get high marks and exceed expectations. We thanked the Lord for His graciousness and mercy for guiding us through the preparations, ensuring we didn’t miss anything. He was with us during those pressure-packed moments and strengthened us with good health and patience. When the review team leader revealed the results, the first words we uttered were “Thank you Lord for the help!” No one should claim credit for the results as it was a product of team effort, unity of purpose, and hard work. Everyone cooperated and contributed their share, despite the ongoing operations. Everyone was grateful and thankful for the achievement, giving the glory to God rather than ourselves. It was successful because everyone shared what they could and God blessed our efforts. Without God’s blessings, we know we couldn’t have delivered exemplary ratings.
In the Gospel (Lk. 17: 11-19), only one of the ten lepers healed by Jesus returned to “glorify God in a loud voice; and he fell at the feet of Jesus and thanked Him.” The leper was being grateful and thankful for the healing that happened. Other than being full of gratitude, he was able to look down and humble himself such that “he fell at the foot of Jesus…”
When one is grateful, one is also most likely a humble person. He knows that what good things that happen isn’t only his own, but are blessings from God. The more we make great achievements, the more we should be humble to accept that what we have are blessings from God and are results of help from others, who have been touched by the Spirit to follow His leading.
When you are blessed, you should also look forward to the future, to share your blessings so that many will be touched and healed. Regardless of how others see it, a person with humility will most likely say it is a miracle. Out of the humility of your spirit you always give the credit to God: “Ad majorem Dei gloriam”, to God be the glory!
May we always be grateful and thankful to Him for all that we are and all that we have. May the Lord continue to grant us His favors, that in so doing, we become bearers of His good news of salvation to others.
“In all circumstances, give thanks, for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thes. 5: 18)