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the 360 degree performance review

By Susan Solomon Yem
June 27, 2020

Passages of the day: Click HERE ​to read today’s passages.

2 Kings 10:32-12:21
Acts 18:1-22
Psalm 145:1-21
Proverbs 18:1

I am easily intimidated, so showing up for an annual performance review is never something I enjoy. I always anticipate being told where I’m failing, but the reality is that most performance reviews are designed to encourage. Plus, it’s easier to accept advice on where to improve after you’ve received some positive comments. 

A particularly comprehensive review is the 360 Degree Feedback that includes assessments by supervisors, peers, direct reports, and subordinates and evaluates such skills as drive for results, leadership, and communication. In a sense, Psalm145 is a 360 Degree Feedback to God. The description of the Psalm’s theme that’s included in the Life Application Study Bible says, “a time will come when all people will join together in recognizing and worshiping God. Because God is full of love, He satisfies all who trust in Him.”

That’s a pretty positive performance review! David speaks for all of us when he says, God’s works are wonderful and awesome. His deeds are great (results). He is gracious, compassionate, trustworthy, faithful, and righteous (leadership). He is near to all who call on Him and hears our cries (communication).

God hits all the marks with tens across the board. 

It’s the hope that we walk away from a performance review with increased awareness and a refreshed commitment to our job. What’s the take-away from a 360 with the Lord? He clearly doesn’t need our approval, but as we read Psalm 145, we increase our awareness of His magnificence, and refresh our commitment to recognize and worship Him.

To memorize:

Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
and your dominion endures through all generations.

The Lord is trustworthy in all he promises
and faithful in all he does.

— Psalm 145:13

Prayer to start with: Heavenly Father, thank you for your eyes. Your eyes are gracious and full of love. You watch over us and help us in time of need. Thank you for your love and fulfilling the desires of our heart. Amen.