Proactive and reactive

October 1st, 2012

In my part time job at the local hospital I have to be both proactive and reactive in how I do my work. I work as a supply and pharmacy officer who keeps the medical equipment, supplies and medications stocked up.

Each day I proactively walk around the hospital and scan all the storeroom areas to see if the stock levels are at the optimum levels so the hospital can run as smoothly as possible. I like to have it so the Doctors and Nurses can grab what they need, when they need it, to treat the patients.

There are also times when I need to be reactive to requests. Someone might need some new medical equipment or supply or medication and I have to order it for them. In some cases I have to drop everything and source things as soon as I can.

Both the proactive and reactive ways of doing things work hand in hand to make things run smoothly. I find though, the more proactive I am, the more smoothly things run.

In many ways it is like this in our Christian life too. The more proactive we are in prayer, in reflective Bible reading, in building relationships, in keeping our eyes on how people are travelling, in encouraging others, the better things seem to flow.

Of course we still need to be reactive to the situations in our life when circumstances arise, but the more proactive we are, the less reactive we need to be. And we have more time to sort things out or be with people when they really need us.

What areas in your life can you be more proactive in today? I think that is worth reflecting on today.

God Bless,
Dave