Archive for May 2012

What Do You Think About?

May 31, 2012

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” (Philippians 4:8, NIV)

Our days are often filled with so many tasks it is virtually impossible to get them all accomplished. A billable goal, a demanding client or customer, an overdue project, or a multitude of other tasks only add to the stress of our day. We seem to find very little time to simply step back and clear our minds. As a result, what we think about in those moments is a strong indicator as to where we are spiritually.

What do you think about when you are stressed and overworked? Do you think about things that are pure and lovely, or do you think about how frustrated and angry you are? Paul gives us a picture of where our minds should be – at all times. He understood that what we think about will eventually trickle down and impact our words and actions. Negative thoughts will lead to a negative personality; pure and lovely thoughts will lead to a gracious and positive personality. Therefore, we need to guard our thoughts and our minds. Just as our body needs exercise to stay in shape, so does our mind. We need to study the Word of God regularly so that our thoughts will “stay in shape”, too. It is a lifelong process that will build character and integrity. And, it will also bring you closer to the Lord!

Enjoy your Thursday, “Working for Christ”!


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Live In His Shelter!

May 30, 2012

“Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.” (Psalm 91:1, NIV)

Most of the time, it is extremely difficult to find peace and “shelter” where we work! Satan loves to use our workplaces to attack us. The stress of our jobs often keeps us on edge and ready to give in to our weaknesses. The people we work with, or associate with, try to manipulate us by leading us astray. Sometimes the competition within the workplace is so severe, we do whatever is necessary to get “ahead”. We lie, cheat, or steal to make ourselves look better to our bosses, our co-workers, or to our customers.

In order to live in the Lord’s “shelter” we need to focus our lives on Him. We need to make a conscious effort to spend time every day in His presence. When we live our lives according to His word, He protects us from falling into many of the traps that Satan has prepared for us. The Holy Spirit guides our thoughts and actions and helps us make appropriate decisions. We are able to “rest” in the Almighty, knowing that He is always near no matter where life leads us.

Enjoy your Wednesday, “Working for Christ”!


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Transform Your Anxiety Into His Peace!

May 29, 2012

“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Matthew 6:34, NIV)

Stress and anxiety are two of the easiest ways to become discouraged. When you feel a little anxious about your job, you’re not alone. USA Today, 10-29-02, reports that 70% of all American workers say they feel moderate to great stress on the job. 54% cite the demands of the job itself for their stress. Only 10% blame their bosses! So this isn’t some rare condition we can easily escape by changing workplaces. It’s a serious condition that can only be addressed by changing our attitudes.

A good place to start is by studying the word of God. In Philippians 4:6-7, Paul teaches – “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus”. Paul is saying that in order to get out of the anxiety mode and experience true peace we need to rejoice in the Lord all the time and to present our requests directly to Him through prayer. Allow Christ to be present in your workplace, your cubicle, your home office, your job site, or wherever you may be this Monday. Ask Him to transform your anxiety into His peace! Have a wonderful day, “Working for Christ”!


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It’s Not About You!

May 25, 2012


“All people will fear, they will proclaim the works of God and ponder what He has done.”  (Psalm 64:9, NIV)

Work. It’s what we do. It’s who we are. It’s what identifies us. If we’re out of work, our lives are a mess. If we don’t have the right kind of work, we’re frustrated. If we have too much work, other aspects of our lives suffer. We can’t live with it and we can’t live without it. Work and life go hand-in-hand.

God’s character is associated with work, too. He created heaven and earth. He continues to shape our lives every single day. He is in control of all things. Our lives, including our work, are under His authority and are part of His perfect plan. He is the One directing our circumstances. When you look at the various events in your life, you should be able to point to the things God has done and proclaim them to others. The emphasis of this verse is not about pondering the heavens and the earth as God’s creation. It’s about reflecting deeply on God’s presence in our lives. It’s about our life story written from God’s perspective. Ask yourself, “Can you see your work from God’s perspective? Can you proclaim the works of God in your life? Do you ponder the things He has done for you to make you a better person?”

Work really doesn’t define who we are after all, does it? Even our work is about Him! Proclaim His works to those who will listen! Enjoy your Friday, “Working for Christ”!

 

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Called To Obscurity!

May 24, 2012

“And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.” (Luke 2:52, NIV)

The first thirty years of Jesus’ life were quite uneventful. Other than being a carpenter, and spending a little time in the synagogue, we really don’t know much about His early years. This verse does teach us, however, that as He was growing up, He was living “in favor” with God and man. It was just after this, when Jesus was baptized, that God said, “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.” (Luke 3:22, NIV) Jesus hadn’t even begun His ministry, yet God was pleased with Him! Jesus had just spent the first thirty years of His life in almost total obscurity, yet God knew Him for who He was. God knew His past and His future. And He was well pleased with Him!

Oftentimes our lives and our work seem insignificant and obscure, too, but we are not insignificant to God. His view of things is completely different than our view. What seems insignificant to us is not insignificant to Him. It is vital that we don’t lose sight of His view of us. We must listen and hear His words when He says, “You are my child. What you do is precious to me.” Feeling His favor by faith is the lifeline of working in obscurity. No matter what we do, our work and our lives matter to the Lord!

Enjoy this Thursday, “Working for Christ”!


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Glorify Him With One Mind And One Voice!

May 23, 2012

“May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Romans 15:5-6, NIV)

There are many different Christian religions – Catholic, Methodist, Presbyterian, Episcopalian, Lutheran, Baptist, Seventh Day Adventist, etc. How do we know which one, if any, is the “right” one? None of these religions were around when Christ started His ministry. In fact, Christ was a Jew! He’s the One who started Christianity! Generally, our religious affiliation is handed down to us from our parents. We most likely follow their example and accept their beliefs.

No matter what church you claim, make sure it teaches you to have the “same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had”, so that we all glorify God together. God loves each one of us, no matter who we are, not for what religious denomination we represent! We are to worship Him together, as Christians, with one voice!

Have a wonderful Wednesday, “Working for Christ”!


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God Created Us To Praise Him!

May 22, 2012

“ … be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Ephesians 5:18-20, NIV)

That sounds easy, doesn’t it? It is, until someone cuts you off in traffic, or steals your ideas at work, or gets a promotion ahead of you. When these things happen, how are we supposed to praise God or give Him thanks? I’ll admit it is extremely difficult if the Holy Spirit is not present in our lives. But, as our relationship with Christ develops, the Holy Spirit begins to fill the voids in our hearts, and our understanding and tolerance of the world grows stronger. When we are finally “filled” with the Holy Spirit our attitudes are changed, our voices are transformed, and we see the “good” instead of the “bad” in the situations around us.

God created us to praise Him! He wants us to use our voices to expand His kingdom – to bring others into a close, loving relationship with Him! Nothing evil should ever come out of our mouths. Our hearts should be filled with the Holy Spirit and we should give thanks always for everything! Enjoy your Tuesday, “Working for Christ”!


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