That afternoon, every employee in Jenny’s department watched the clock nervously.  At 3 p.m., emails would go out to those getting laid off.  At 3:01, her inbox dinged. Jenny was out of work.

From other cubicles, someone pounded a fist, another shouted. One person even cried. Jenny felt like doing it all. Instead, she walked to a coworker and said, “How can I help?”  

This is Howard Butt, Jr., of Laity Lodge. Bad news naturally brings fear. The writer of Psalm 31 cries out, “My life is consumed by anguish.”  Yet a few lines later he writes, “But I trust in you, Lord . . . my times are in your hands.” Employed or not, our times are in his hands . . . in the high calling of our daily work.

  But I trust in you, O LORD;
       I say, "You are my God."

My times are in your hands;
       deliver me from my enemies
       and from those who pursue me.

                                              Psalm 31

Image by Roby Ferrari. Used with permission. Sourced via Flickr.

Originally Published: Sunday, June 2, 2013

Howard E. Butt, Jr., is a business leader, spiritual reformer, bridge-builder, communicator, innovator, and author. He is one of America's earliest and most consistent advocates of servant...
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