The Ultimate Open-Door Policy

September 15, 2010


For folks in the workplace, the concept of an “Open Door” policy is familiar territory – hopefully many have experienced the gift of being able to speak frankly with their superior without fear of repercussion.  It’s quite liberating, isn’t it? To have the confidence that you can voice concerns, seek guidance, understanding, etc. and walk away with a different perspective or perhaps a sense of validation?  After all, isn’t that what we’re all searching for?   A desire to understand and be understood?

It seems I still find myself seeking understanding from different individuals at different levels.  There’s the workplace supervisor, the mentor, friendships, family members…very unique, yet different relationships.  But how does it all fit together? Watch the picture unfold…

Over the past couple of days I’ve heard bits about Yom Kippur/Day of Atonement – I’ve heard of it before and touched on it during a bible study class, but I only had a fingernail’s grasp of understanding – at best! I didn’t have my Bible handy when the urge struck me to gain a better understanding today…so what did I do? Find someone to ask – a point in the right direction, starting with Leviticus 23.  But then the picture became a little clearer – not that I had a revelation about Yom Kippur, but the words shared resonated so loudly with me…

”The opportunity to do teshuva, commonly translated as repentance, but more accurately defined as returning to G-d, and returning to yourself, as G-d intended you, awaits us every day of the year. But there is no day as propitious for teshuva as the 10th day of Tishrei – Yom Kippur. On this day, G-d, our Father and King, opens before us His Book of Our Lives, and allows us to make the changes we need to draw closer to Him, to our own true selves, and restart our lives on a whole other level.”

Do you see it? God has the ultimate Open Door policy!  He is the Authority, our superior, our closest friend, our confidant all rolled into one – He alone hears the whispers of our hearts, completely understands our needs, and provides us with a perfect love perspective.  But we have to exercise the option…invite Him in; not just once in a lifetime, not just once a year, but each and every day.  “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock.  If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.”  (Rev 3:20).

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