Monthly Archives: January 2017

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Is it Friday yet? Recapture the love for your work.

Can you recall the excitement you felt when you were hired to work in your current job? Do you remember the enthusiasm and drive you had? If you’re like most people, those feelings have faded. Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first. Revelation 2:4 (NIV) In this verse, Jesus is talking to the church of Ephesus about their enthusiasm and goes on to warn them to return to the dedication and focus which they previously exhibited. He knew this church to be faithful laborers for the Lord (Rev 2:2).  They had demonstrated service, suffering and they stood for the truth but still needed to be reminded to return to their former attitude of love for Christ. We should examine ourselves regularly to be certain our lives are Christ centered. At work, we should periodically assess whether we are as motivated to contribute and perform as when we were first awarded the position. I’m not suggesting that we should have the same degree of excitement and dedication for our work as we do for Jesus. The point is that we may lose focus and drive over time in every area. If our motivation for Christ is subject to change despite the enormous sacrifice he made for us, it’s likely to change in other areas of our lives as well. Here are some questions to ask yourself. They may help you to focus on what you love about your job: What drew your interest [...]

January 16th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

No Goals for the New Year?

  Are you one of those people who is fairly consistent with professional goal setting? Are you starting the new year with a sense of confidence because you achieved your goals in the past and feel that you have figured things out? Congratulations! This is a good place to be. But...are you also feeling a bit awkward about this? Are you unsure about your next step? If you are someone who is accustomed to being challenged and being busy, having a season like this can be uncomfortable. Without the structure of goals, you are not sure how to spend your spare time. Without a pressing need, you are not sure what to seek God for. You feel no conviction, but you feel idle. Has it occurred to you that quiet time is exactly what you need? A sustained period of peace allows us the freedom to seek God for new direction and in different ways than we may be accustomed. It allows us to be available to others for their edification and for our own. The Apostle Paul wrote four of the New Testament epistles (Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians and Philemon) while imprisoned in Rome. These letters were written to members of the early church. Paul’s teaching and encouragement helps us to understand key doctrines, theology and the deity of Christ (Col 1:15-17, 2:9, Phil 2:5-6); Salvation by faith (Eph 2:8); Christian conduct, service and hope (Eph 4-6). It was during this time when Paul had limited freedom and obligations that [...]

January 2nd, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments