I was driving down the highway to work the other day, after just having a week’s holiday with my kids. I was grateful, especially when I hear from so many who don’t have the opportunity of being with their children.

I knew the workload would be enormous. I mean a week away from the computer alone means at least 400-500 emails will need to be answered — that’s after I’ve sifted through and deleted 493 spam messages.

I was feeling a little anxious about what lay ahead. I knew there would be so much work to catch up on, phone calls, reports, fires to put out, fires to light. I could feel myself getting more and more tense, the closer I got to my workplace.

Then it dawned on me. What am I worried about? I’m in business with the greatest partner of all — GOD. You see, I reckon He is guiding DIDS to do the work we do. Every meeting, every committee meeting we have, we start by asking everyone to take a minute’s silence to think about the fact of why we are here, why we do what we do.

We ask the men to think about the fact we lose 5 males a day, every day, to suicide in this country, to think about the families and friends left behind, and of course the children. And we ask them to send a prayer or thought to their higher power, whatever they deem that to be to themselves. And at every committee meeting, we ask that we are guided in making the right decisions in our work. How can we go wrong? Impossible!

I have said here before in my articles that I am no angel, and don’t pretend to be. Occasionally my past is thrown up at me, and those that throw it say, how can you, you of all people now talk about prayer and GOD?

Well, my stock answer is simply, “JESUS didn’t walk with the healthy mate He walked with the unhealthy, and I’ve been and often am, as unhealthy as you can get, spiritually. I’m not your born-again-Christian-type — in fact I’ve met a lot of born-again Christians who quite frankly, shouldn’t be, but hey that’s just my opinion. I can get myself in enough trouble without worrying about where someone else is heading. I don’t ram religion down anyone’s throat, and neither does it happen in our meetings. It’s just a simple thing we ask at the beginning, and it’s totally up to the individual if they feel it’s appropriate.”

But here I am driving into work, and I’m reciting the ‘Our Father’ — I love it. It gets me up in the morning, it sends me on my way. It’s the first thing I recite every morning. And you know the part that really gets me is … ‘And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those that trespass against us.‘ Wow, that’s tough.

You know, if you have an ex-partner who is giving you a tough time, if you’re not getting to see your kids as much as you would like. If you feel your dreams have been shattered by someone you thought was your soulmate, if your best mate has run off with the same and hey, you’re asked to forgive them, that’s tough. But if you can get there, then you’re on the mend.

I don’t know about you, but that little prayer keeps me centred. It gets me through the tough times and it makes me realise, ‘How can I expect to be forgiven for all my shortcomings, and they are many, if I can’t forgive?’

So I get to work and I get through the day with my partner, ‘The Good Lord’, right beside me, and you know what, I couldn’t do it without Him. It’s as simple as that.

And hey, I even pray that He helps my ex find contentment, because if He does, He may just keep her off my back.

Gee, I’ve just had a wonderful week with my kids — thanks Lord!

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About the Author: Tony Miller

Tony Miller was awarded the Order of Australia Medal in the 2010 Queen's Birthday honors list 'For service to the community through the provision of support services for separated families'.

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