Your Best Ideas Are A Foot Off the Ground
One afternoon, my friend and I were searching for a place to sit and pray together after sharing our faith with students on DePaul University’s Loop Campus. We were on the main floor of the building, which is normally booming with relaxing tables and nooks for busy students to sit and study. Yet despite finding plenty of real estate in the Starbucks study lounge only an hour before, this time we were out of luck.
Moving on to the next room, my friend plopped down at a mini-table in the children’s section of the adjacent Barnes & Noble. I hesitantly joined him, realizing that it was a little embarrassing to sit in the extremely small wooden chairs in the middle of the mighty and proud University in downtown Chicago, just blocks from the Sears Tower and Board of Trade. We weren’t even close to comfortably fitting in the miniature furniture.
As we began to pray together, two children, no older than the age of 5, sat down across the table from us. They chatted away while we prayed, probably creating a quite comical scene. We obviously didn’t belong there. Yet, we were exactly where God wanted us to be.
“Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” – Luke 18:16-17
Sitting in those chairs was incredibly humbling, and it changed the course of my day. I was reminded that I must receive the kingdom of God like a little child. It made me realize that maybe we all need to sit in “little chairs” from time to time to keep our lives in perspective.
If you want to simply yet radically change the spiritual landscape of your work space, I encourage you to find some “little chairs” and place children’s furniture around the room. I promise you that when work has got you down and the odds are stacking up against you, there is nothing more powerful than a prayer from the “little chair.” I know because I experienced it once and just couldn’t get enough thereafter. Talk about a way to get God’s attention!
So go on, do something radical. Do something different. Transform your workplace. Make a statement and model humility – model Christ – to your employees and co-workers with a “little chair” of your own. I’ll put my money on your best ideas and business strategies coming to you a foot off the ground.
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