Helped by the Holy Spirit

By Jim Mysliwiec

Who, then, is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of the servants in his household…? It will be good for that servant whose master finds him doing so when he returns. (Matthew 24: 45-46) 

Recently I asked for more responsibility at work as the project I was assigned was winding down. I was asked to prepare for a client engagement on a topic of which I was not familiar. 

As a certified project manager, I know that having resources and a plan are both critical for success. In this situation though, since our contract was nearing completion, no new employees could be hired unless we won the recompete. I was to beg and borrow assistance from other teams to prepare for the client engagement. When I addressed the challenge before me with my team leader, he said, “At your level, you are expected to accomplish great things within yourself.” For three weeks, I entered the work environment with no idea how I would accomplish the task at hand. 

I struggled with the scope and breadth of the assignment. While talking to the head of our program, I was referred to request help from Andy, a member of another team and an expert in the topic assigned. For the next thirty days, we worked together to prepare for the client engagement. It had been quite some time since enduring that much stress and that much grace at the same time in my work environment. I was balancing unrealistic responsibility and faith in an all-powerful God in the workplace. It was the place where the Lord wanted me to trust entirely in him and be very grateful for Andy’s willingness to be a key part of my team. 

I humbly now see that the Holy Spirit helped me manage my way—not just for my sake but for the sake of my team’s objectives. Persistence, hope, and faith are instrumental to seeing the goals our Father has in mind for us.

Something to Ponder: Where have you seen the Holy Spirit move in power when you weren’t capable of doing the job by yourself?

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