No Email Required

by APC on June 26, 2019

To the younger generations, this next statement may be an absolutely foreign concept, but I send emails. In the business world, this is the preferred avenue of communication, and it’s utilized to death.

In my day-to-day work, I’m charged with ensuring goals and deliverables are met. Some of this entails securing answers and work outputs from others. To initiate these efforts and/or to check statuses, I fire up and send an email and await an answer. Every email gets flagged, and if I haven’t received a response within the desired timeframe, I send a reminder email.

I always receive a wide-variety of responses emails, anywhere from “still researching” to “haven’t heard back from so-and-so.” But the worst ones are “forgot about this” or “haven’t even read your email.” This is exactly why I closely monitor ongoing work and conversations so I don’t lose track of outstanding items. It’s important keep the work moving forward.

Obviously, I can’t always trust an email to efficiently secure a timely response. I might need to send an IM, make a phone call, or hold a meeting to ensure a task is accomplished. I’m not a micromanager, but if push-comes-to-shove, I might need to step into that realm to achieve the desired outcome. I’m going to be as persistent as I need to be to ensure my question is answered, the work gets done, and that other people uphold their end of the bargain. I’ll do this even if it takes days, months, or years!

Then said the LORD unto me, Thou hast well seen: for I will hasten my word to perform it (Jeremiah 1:12, KJV).

Getting answers, completing work, and building relationships in the business world is vastly different than the supernatural world. I’ve learned business tactics don’t translate well with God. Why? Because He doesn’t like constant check-ins to make sure He’s working. He’s God: He’s not a man that He should lie. Therefore, God will do what He said He will do (Numbers 23:19)! Even when it doesn’t look (or feel like) He’s working, He is—trust me!

This key Scripture is a great reminder that God will complete His will (assignments). Another translation says God is actively watching over His Word so He can complete it. God’s not like a bothersome coworker that tells you s/he will get something completed and then drags his/her feet to get it done or has no idea as to the project status. The Lord’s watching, working, and moving things along more closely and perfectly than any of us could ever do (Philippians 1:6).

The best part is that God will achieve His work according to His project timeline (Acts 1:7). He’s never going to let a deadline pass or create a scramble-work emergency on our part to fill in the gaps. God’s literally got it all covered, and we don’t need to worry or do a thing. He will do what He’s planned, and He won’t delay fulfilling it (Ezekiel 12:28).

God’s really the best work-partner as He creates a stress-free working environment. When I get on my knees in prayer and send up those “knee-mails” I don’t need to set reminders for follow-ups. Once I pray a prayer, God will never lose track of it (Revelation 5:8). Realistically, once God answers our prayer, He’s the One reminding us that He’s answered them (it’s not the other way around)!

Let’s pray God helps us realize He’s actively watching and fulfilling His Word in our lives, our loved ones, and the church. We don’t need to (and can’t) micro-manage the Lord of glory who is the greatest project manager, organizer, and Way-Maker of all time. We serve a mighty God who hears us, sees our needs, and will fulfill them in His time—no email required.