The restaurant buzzed with voices, laughter, and murmurs. Busy wait-staff carried plates to and from, full and empty. Seared beef blended with onion coated the air. The seating host said, “One tonight?”
“I’m meeting someone,” Chris said as he scanned the booths and tables filled with dinner crowd patrons. And then he saw who he was looking for. “There he is, back in the corner.”
“Okay, well enjoy your meal.”
“Thanks,” Chris weaved his way to the booth farthest from the front door and sat down.
The two men shook hands. “It’s busy tonight,” John, the other man, said with a tinge of nerves rattling his words.
A frazzled looking waitress, order book and pen poised, swooshed to their table, “What can I get for you?”
“Just coffee,” Chris said.
“Same for me.” John politely held out the two menus.
With a sniff, she snatched the menus and whirled off. Coffee drinkers weren’t good tippers.
John leaned forward, “What’s the plan? How are we going to save our jobs?”
“There’s no guarantee, but I don’t think prayer can hurt. I mean what’s the worst that can happen, the factory’s in the same shape it’s in today?”
“But with God all things are possible. We’re supposed to have the faith of children.”
“I agree, but I don’t really have a plan. I’m not even sure why I stood up and said anything. I just couldn’t help myself.”
“So the first thing, is to pray and ask God to tell us what we should do.”
Chris and John bowed their heads in silence and asked for wisdom and guidance. John whispered his amen, and Chris echoes shortly after.
They brainstormed for a few minutes, and since neither man thought to bring anything to write with, Chris jotted their ideas onto napkins. Forty minutes later, four and half fragile, white sheets were filled with block script. Chris grabbed another small stack of napkins, and they organized their thoughts into a priority list.
Number one said, “Read our Bibles individually, and pray privately, before leaving for work in the mornings.”
Number two, “Divide the factory floor in two, and each walk their part of the floor, to silently pray over every work station during morning and afternoon breaks.”
Number three, “Meet the last ten minutes of lunch in the parking lot, and pray together for our company, our leaders, and our co-workers.”
Number four, “Dedicate ourselves to work diligently while on the job. No wasted time.”
Number five, “Don’t be afraid to tell others what we’re doing if they ask. Even if it means ridicule — do not respond defensively.”
Number six, “Check with our company leaders and ask if there is anything we can do to help the situation.”
Number seven, “Keep our eyes and ears open for any specific direction the Lord might give us so we can impact our company in positive ways.”
They decided the rest of the napkin scrawls were encompassed in these seven steps, and just over an hour after they started, left the restaurant with a solid plan. The hard part lay ahead, implementation….
Anita FreshFaith @ Work
Matthew 18:20 (NIV)
For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”
Anita Agers-Brooks is a Business Coach, Certified Personality Trainer, Communications Specialist, speaker, and writer. She lives in Missouri.