Monthly Archives: April 2017

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Leadership

  Do not envy the violent or choose any of their ways. For the Lord detests the perverse but takes the upright into his confidence. (Proverbs 3:29-32 NIV) Our work may require stern demeanor. Some professions call for us to be assertive and decisive such as law enforcement, management or the military. These jobs carry the tremendous responsibility of protecting others. Young people aspire to these professions and our society looks to these groups with respect and admiration. When our work calls for us to be aggressive, it should not be our desire to harm others. Our goals should be to correct and protect just as our heavenly father does with us. Even in an office environment there may be circumstances which place us in a controlling emotional state. People can injure one another with words as well as actions. For example, when a situation requires assertive communication we can do so with the intent of correcting, not injuring the other party. Inflicting injury for the sake of exerting our power abuses authority. It is a contradiction which God detests. When we pray and ask the Father to show us how to exhibit strength He will commune with us and provide counsel. Prayer-Father I thank you for providing the perfect example of love, correction and protection to me. With your guidance and grace I pray for my workday and those whom I must protect. Help me to do your will. I pray for your protection and covering in Jesus’ name. [...]

April 30th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Iron sharpens Iron-Christian friendships in the workplace

  As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17 NIV) At work we may notice that people tend to group with those who have similar roles, interests or who share the same cultures. This may make work and break times more enjoyable. There are also groups designed to promote business and professional development. These relationships help to increase profit, knowledge and skill sets. Personal development within the workplace seems to occur organically when we work toward professional goals. By challenging ourselves to learn new skills or to meet deadlines we change. We might become better and more confident. As Christians, we grow professionally when we apply our faith to our work. It is an advantage. Finding a Christian colleague may be difficult but it is a worthwhile investment of our time. Once we befriend Christians who understand us professionally, we have someone who can discuss the unique situations which we may face in applying the Bible to our work. They will have a perspective which our coworkers may not. We can cultivate our friendships in ways which suit our work and lifestyle. We may have the ability to fellowship at lunch time, or perhaps just text message and phone calls. Whatever the case, we can make this a priority. Prayer-Lord, I thank you for your word and I thank you for the body of Christ. Father I would like to connect with someone who can help me to grow in my faith and in my work. I [...]

April 23rd, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Walking on Eggshells

The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me? (Psalm 118:6 NIV) When we have made an enemy of someone at work, or we have erred in some way with our superiors, we may become fearful of retaliation or reprimand. People have been given the power to govern our actions at work and we are accountable to them. However, they are accountable to God. Despite the authority they hold in the workplace, the authority of our God is greater than theirs. Furthermore, their power extends only within the confines of work. They have no power over us otherwise. As Christians, every part of our lives, professional, personal and spiritual belong to our Heavenly Father and He is present in each area. There is nothing man can do to us without God having complete knowledge and control. Because of this, we should not be fearful. We can remind ourselves that all power ultimately rests in the hands of the God we serve.   Prayer-Omnipotent Father, I thank you for being my protector at work and in all areas of my life. I’m so glad that you are with me at work and I ask you to help me to be strong and not to be afraid. Help me to remember that you have ultimate authority.  Amen Eggs

April 16th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Get Your Head Together-Positive Mental Attitude

For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. (Proverbs 2:6 NIV) To perform our jobs effectively we utilize our training and the formal knowledge we have gained through higher education. However, in school we do not learn how to develop our mental attitude. Some of our coworkers may even have a negative mental attitude: they may lack confidence or allow personal biases to interfere with their working relationships. Others develop motivation and a positive mental attitude by focusing on material wealth. God has provided us with something superior than money: His son Jesus Christ, who is the word. By accepting Jesus as our savior we have understanding of the Bible, our guideline for daily life. The wisdom of the Bible provides us with insight and practices which shape our mental attitude. We are able to enhance our natural skillset and training by applying wisdom in the workplace. Prayer-Father, I thank you for having mercy on mankind and for sending your son Jesus to die on the cross for our sins. I praise you for saving me and for giving me your word to live by. Help me to use wisdom in my work today.  Amen Positive Mental Attitude

April 9th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments