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A SAVIOR HAS BEEN BORN TO YOU!

December 21, 2016

“Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord”. (Luke 2:11, NIV)

manger-scene

He was just a little baby. He thought like a baby. He cried like a baby. He giggled like a baby. He learned to crawl before he could walk. He made baby sounds before he could talk. He cried when his teeth started to come in and he cried when he was hungry.

Yes, he was a baby – just like we were once babies. But he grew into the man who would become our Savior. He spent his time on earth teaching those he met how to love and to live in this crazy, mixed up world. The times were different, but the problems were unmistakably similar to the problems we experience today – the world was full of hatred, jealousy, war, terrorism, cheating, stealing, adultery, murder, and so on! This young man, named Jesus, was not afraid to make a stand for his Father to show the world a better way. He refused to give in to the political pressures of the time. He did not allow anything to stand in the way of his purpose. He was willing to die for his beliefs!

Am I willing to give my life for my beliefs? Most of the time I’m not even sure what my beliefs really are. I struggle every day, wondering “what is my purpose here on earth?” I live and work in a different world than Jesus. My job takes up 50% of my day; sleep takes up another 30%. That only leaves 20% of my day to eat, relax, and enjoy my family. There’s not much time left to give to the Lord! What am I supposed to do?

Believe it or not, many of us go through life with that kind of thinking. I did it for years. I did it until I began to realize that my beginnings were very much like Jesus’ beginnings. We were both helpless little babies, waiting to be led by the hand into a huge world of unknowns. It took me a long time to realize that the very same Spirit that lived in Jesus lives in me – right now! The same spirit that allowed Jesus to arise from the grave, gives me the power to lead others to Christ during my working hours and throughout the rest of the day. My job is a blessing, a gift from God. It’s a place for me to share God’s love with those who may have doubts. My entire life is a blessing. My wife, kids, and grandchildren are all beautiful gifts from our Savior – gifts from that little baby that was born 2,000 years ago in a manger in Bethlehem.

What is my purpose here on earth? My purpose is to share the love of Jesus with anyone who has ears to listen! Today, a Savior has been born to YOU!!

Enjoy your day, “Working for Christ!”

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HOW TO ACHIEVE SUCCESS!

August 22, 2016

“Remain in Me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in Me.” (John 15:4, NIV)

Success

Oftentimes, inspiration comes to me in a “vision” – even in a dream – of what God is planning for me. When I have difficulty visualizing His plan, I find myself lacking attentiveness and motivation. As much as I want to do God’s will, it’s very difficult for me to move forward with purpose and passion. I need to know where I’m going. I need to know where God is leading me!

When I started my business a few years ago, I did so with the understanding that I would dedicate my work, and my life, to the Lord. As I sought His guidance, I hadn’t fully received a clear picture as to where I should focus my efforts. As a result, I was “out of sync” every day and had difficulty maintaining my enthusiasm.

After stumbling around on my own for some time, I decided to turn to prayer. It was during this quiet time that I realized the Holy Spirit has always been with me and that He has directed my every move. He has never made demands on my time, but has always waited patiently for me to look for Him. And, yes, I found Him – right where He’s always been – waiting for me to open my eyes.

When I spend time with Him, I am in His will and He guides every step I take. Proverbs 3:6 teaches, “In all your ways submit to Him, and He will direct your paths.” As long as I follow His advice, I know where to find purpose and clarity.

You may not hear God’s voice the same way I do, but He is patiently waiting to hear from you. Ask the Holy Spirit to fill you each day and to guide your actions and decisions. Good things happen when you spend time with the Lord! I now have the confidence and motivation that comes from knowing that I am on God’s designated path and that He will guide every step I take. He is the overwhelming focus of my life!

Enjoy your day, “Working for Christ”!

Work for Christ

WHO DO YOU REALLY WORK FOR?

October 30, 2014

“Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.” (Romans 12:10, NIV)

Community

In order to live our lives to the fullest, we need to be in community with other believers. The “Church” can never truly be the church if we aren’t connected to one another – and to Jesus Christ. Keep in mind that the “Church” is not a building or any particular denomination, but it is the people gathered together in the name of God – the Holy Spirit – to follow Christ and His teachings. There are many ways in which the church is supposed to reach out, but one very important way is through our various communities – one of those is our place of employment.

The Apostle Paul gave us a framework. He wrote that we must be devoted to one another. We must make other people a priority in our busy lives, setting them above and ahead of other things, honoring them above ourselves. In Philippians 2:3-4, NIV, Paul drives home that same point again: “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.” Paul also wrote that we must commit to honesty and transparency (Ephesians 4:25, NIV; 2 Corinthians 12:9, NIV) and accountability (Galatians 6:1-2, NIV). Community doesn’t work without these important ingredients. It just doesn’t! And we must not presume we know how to “fix” each other, but rather we need to trust the Holy Spirit to do everything that needs to be done (Romans 12:3, NIV). When we offer to “fix” someone else, we can do damage – spiritual and relational – without meaning to. It’s so much better to listen and ask open, non-judgmental questions. Most important, we need to pray something else the Bible says we must do together – a lot!

We must encourage one another to live boldly and confidently in our faith, supporting each other along the way. We must stand with one another, helping each other through hardship, so that no one falls away when things get tough (Romans 22:12, NIV, Galatians 6:2, NIV).

What does all this mean in today’s workplace? It simply means that, although we may be working for a human boss, we are ultimately working for our Lord and Savior. We need to support one another in everything we do. And we need to view our workplace as one of God’s venues to bring others closer to Him.

Work for Christ

Enjoy your day, “Working for Christ!”

FIND YOUR “NEW” SELF!

April 3, 2014

“But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.” (Colossians 3:8-10, NIV)

Colossians 3-8

Generally speaking, when problems occur, we react. Most of the time we react instinctively, not rationally. We react according to our human nature, not according to our spiritual nature.

Recently one of my clients called me to inform me that I had made a mistake. My first thought was one of denial. “That’s impossible. I don’t make mistakes,” I thought. But after I had taken time to think rationally about the situation I realized that I do make mistakes. We all make mistakes. It’s human nature; none of us are perfect.

As I look back on how I used to react to these types of situations, the “old me” would have become angry, thrown out a few choice four-letter words, and even made up a little white lie to place the blame somewhere else. But my “new self” is aware of the changes the Lord has made within me. The Lord has given me a sense of control – an ability to be more understanding, more patient, and less angry.  He has blessed me with the presence of Jesus in my life – a role model in whom to follow as problems occur throughout my day. Unlike Jesus, however, the “new me” will never be perfect. I will always struggle, but with the help of the Holy Spirit, I am learning to control my human nature and to express my spiritual nature. I am humbled and honored to believe that I am slowly being transformed into someone who looks a little more like Jesus every day.

“For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding. He holds success in store for the upright, He is a shield to those whose walk is blameless, for He guards the course of the just and protects the way of His faithful ones.” (Proverbs 2:6-8,NIV)

The Lord provides a way for each of us to gain understanding and knowledge. When we live for Christ, He becomes our shield and protects us when things get out of control. When problems arise – and believe me, they will – we have someone to turn to, someone who understands human nature just as well as He understands spiritual nature. When problems arise, d0n’t return to your “old self”. Turn toward Christ. Allow Him to help you find your “new self”.

Work for Christ

Enjoy your day, “Working for Christ!”

 

START YOUR DAY RIGHT!

November 15, 2013

“Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.” (Mark 1:35, NIV)

Jesus Praying

As Christians, it is our goal to model ourselves after our Savior. There are obvious reasons why Jesus prayed the very first thing in the morning. Since Christ is our number one priority, what better way to honor Him than to make Him the focus of our day. By starting our day with prayer we are showing commitment to the Lord and disciplining ourselves for the day that is about to begin.

Before we head off to work, it is important to invite the Holy Spirit into our day to intercede for us as things begin to get a little crazy. Without the help of the Holy Spirit we are just humans – weak, indecisive, and vulnerable to the world around us. We waste time, we succumb to temptation, and we lack order and discipline in our thinking and in our dealings with other people. We’re often judgmental and consequently, we treat people unfairly. These things are often caused because we don’t take the time for morning prayer.

Prayer sets the stage for the entire day. When we pray and when we finally are able to defeat those little demons, our lives are transformed. The things we do all day, the people we meet, and the temptations that arise are no match for our Lord and Savior. The simple act of having a morning conversation with Jesus is the key to our peace and contentment throughout the day. Jesus is our friend, our advocate. Why wouldn’t we start our day with prayer?

Listen to my words, Lord,
    consider my lament.
Hear my cry for help,
    my King and my God,
    for to you I pray.

In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice;
    in the morning I lay my requests before you
    and wait expectantly. (Psalm 5:1-3, NIV)

Enjoy your day, “Working for Christ!”

WE NEED A LITTLE MORE JESUS!

November 14, 2013

“For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit.” (1 Peter 3:18, NIV)

Work

Why do we get up every morning at 6:00 a. m. so we can get to work by eight? Why do we spend all day in our offices, classrooms, cubicles, and other places eight hours a day, five days a week doing things we truly dislike? Is it simply so we can make enough money to pay for the things we need to survive, or is there more to it?

I talk to very few people who really love their jobs. Occasionally I’ll find a teacher who’s doing it for the kids or a doctor who is really trying to make the world a better place for the rest of us, but generally speaking most of the people I talk to are working just to pay the bills – because they have to. They don’t like their jobs. As a result their attitudes suffer.

When we dislike things, we tend to complain. We’re quick to “strike out” at someone for no reason at all. When someone hurts us, we feel the need to get back at them. We lose our compassion. We have no desire to “love” those around us. We develop “road rage” – not just on the road, but in our lives in general. All we want is for this day, this week, this month, and this job to be over! It’s extremely difficult to see any “good” in the things and the situations around us.

Peter tells us to chill out! We are to model ourselves after Christ. Take a look at all the things Christ endured, especially the cruel death He accepted so that we could “find” Him. Of course, Christ wants us to love our jobs – whatever we do – but it is much more important to “die” to those things that are bringing us down and to “live” for those things that bring us closer to the Lord! We will never truly be happy until we accept the Holy Spirit into our lives and turn away from those things that cause us grief.

Here’s what the Psalmist has to say:

“Whoever would love life
    and see good days
must keep their tongue from evil
    and their lips from deceitful speech.

They must turn from evil and do good;
    they must seek peace and pursue it.

For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous
    and his ears are attentive to their prayer,
but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.” (Psalm 34:12-16, NIV)

We don’t need to change careers or jobs to find happiness or contentment. We just need a little more Jesus!

Holy Spirit

Enjoy your day, “Working for Christ!”

GO, MAKE DISCIPLES!

November 5, 2013

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20, NIV)

Moving Van

Are we supposed to drop everything we’re doing, sell all of our possessions, and run off to some remote area of the world so that we can spread the Word to those who’ve never heard it? There are a lot of people who receive that “call” from God. He speaks to them and they are convinced He wants them to do just that. And, that’s exactly what Jesus and His disciples did to spread Christianity two thousand years ago. To those who receive that call, I’ve been told there is nothing more fulfilling or satisfying.

I’ve never received that particular call from our Father. I’ve prayed about it, asked for His direction, and have been waiting. Maybe I need to wait a little longer. I’ll wait as long as it takes. In the meantime, I see a tremendous need right where I am – where we work, where we go to school, where we shop, where we play, and even where we go to church. In my mind our workplaces, the mall, the elementary, middle, and high schools, the local college or university, and our churches are all “nations”, many of which live separately from Christ. Just as Christ wants us to plant a church in Somalia or the Dominican Republic, He also needs our help right where we are. It’s our job to bring Christ into the places where we spend our time every single day. To me, that’s what God is asking each of us to do until the “big call” finally arrives.

So go out today, and next week, and next month, and next year, and make disciples of all nations – wherever you may be. Live a life that reflects Jesus Christ and show others what “love” really looks like.

Share God

Enjoy your day, “Working for Christ!”


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