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The righteous person may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all; (Psalm 34:19 NIV) Everyone is susceptible to complications and problems at work. Even for the child of God, work life includes unforeseen disruptions and setbacks. Meetings begin or end late, there are technology issues, deadlines and service issues. We have protocols for addressing some problems, but not all of them. In some cases we have to rely upon good judgement and logic. When we encounter hindrances that keep up from completing our work duties, our frustration may manifest in anger and bad decisions.   In every situation Christians have extra help from the Lord. So in addition to employing the skills are resources provided to us in the workplace, we can pray and ask for discernment and the steps to eliminate the frustrating situations that come up. God is concerned about our day to day lives, not just the major emergencies such as our health or finances. It is reassuring to know that we have an advocate in Jesus even for the little things.  We know that he sits at the right hand of the Father and pleads our case. Prayer-Father I thank you for you grace and mercy at work. I am dealing with a frustrating problem right now and I need your help and guidance to resolve it. Lord, please help me to glorify you in my attitude and behavior as I work through this situation. Amen

July 11th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Is there a better way to do your job?

  Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long. (Psalm 25:4&5 NIV) In the workplace there are usually clear expectations for the results you are supposed to generate. You may be responsible for directing other people, mass production, sales or service. In most jobs and at most companies there is a traditional way of performing your job. When you were a new employee, someone trained you and demonstrated the best practices for your position. At some point you may wonder if there is a better way to do the work. Maybe there is. Maybe not. Either way, your attitude and intention while working can be led by the Holy Spirit, thereby infusing your work day with grace and favor. This is the place to start. Ask God to help you think about your workplace, your behavior, coworkers and everyone you come into contact as an opportunity to develop your Christian walk. He will also help you to improve your performance in specific duties. If you need to be more organized for example, ask God to show you how you can be better in this area. He is in the workplace with us all day long and he is willing to help. Prayer-Father thank you for your favor, grace and your holy spirit that guides me at work each day. Lord I ask that you help me [...]

July 6th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Be Full of the Spirit, Not Full of Yourself

I will listen to what God the Lord says; he promises peace to his people, his faithful servants— but let them not turn to folly. (Psalm 85:8 NIV) When we establish the habit of praying and following the direction of the Holy Spirit, we learn that the outcome will always be in our best interest. We come to trust God and we rely upon his promises through our challenges at work. Once we experience his faithfulness we realize peace and security that cannot be achieved in any other way. Our soul and spirit are at rest. We should remember that our new found confidence is not from our own ability. It comes from God. We shouldn’t make the mistake of becoming arrogant because of the success we experience. Our accomplishments are a reflection of God’s glory, grace and favor. We are stars at work because we humble ourselves before His throne. Prayer-Father thank you for your guidance, success and peace at work. I know that you are present with me every day. You are the source of my wisdom and I want to reflect you rather than myself. In Jesus name. Amen

June 19th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

How Do You Know It’s From God?

Do not set foot on the path of the wicked or walk in the way of evildoers. Avoid it, do not travel on it; turn from it and go on your way. (Proverbs 4:14-15 NIV) God provides for us monetarily through our jobs. He presents assistance and helpful people to us in order to accomplish His will and our career goals. Sometimes opportunities are presented to us and we are uncertain as to whether they have come from God. How can we tell? There are two steps which we can take to find out. First, we can take a proactive approach by praying to God daily concerning our career. We can pray a blessing over our work day before we clock in or check our email. Throughout the day we can check in and acknowledge His presence. At the end of our shift, even if it did not day did not unfold as planned, we can thank Him. By staying in communion with God throughout the day, we will be more attuned to the Holy Spirit and will recognize a wicked spirit when they come into our presence. Secondly, we can avoid unhelpful and troublesome people. Rather than attempting to get along, compromise or win them over, keep a professional and appropriate distance. Do not adopt their unethical practices or conduct. Do not participate in lewd or unprofessional dialogue. Perform your job to the standards which your employer expects, however, maintain your Christian integrity and protect yourself from wickedness.   [...]

June 13th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Best Fruit

  I love those who love me, and those who seek me find me. With me are riches and honor, enduring wealth and prosperity. My fruit is better than fine gold; what I yield surpasses choice silver. (Proverbs 8:17-19 NIV) Our professional lives do not exist in a vacuum despite our best efforts. We attempt to separate our work lives from the rest of our lives in order to extract the most pleasure and relaxation we can from our leisure days. The truth is, when we are either pleased or stressed in any area of our life, it spills over and impacts the other areas. Our relationship with the Lord is the constant good in our lives. The fruit we yield in seeking and following God covers everything we do. God’s will and plan for his children includes our professional development and our material sustenance, and this all comes as part of a package. When we choose to seek and honor God in our behavior and decisions at work, we experience His peace, which is priceless. Our Godly conducts invites His presence and favor into the workplace. Aside from this, the best blessing and most precious benefit is eternal life with the King of Kings.

June 4th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

What Are You Doing For Lunch?

  Do not let my heart be drawn to what is evil so that I take part in wicked deeds along with those who are evildoers; do not let me eat their delicacies. (Psalm 141:4 NIV) Since we spend so much time at work we are likely to learn the interests and what motivates our coworkers. It is common for people to share details, discuss their habits and feelings in familiar settings. As Christians we should be careful to resist the attraction of conversations or replicating behavior which does not reflect Christ. An example of this would be groups who spend their lunch hour in deep and bitter conversation about workplace problems. There is no positive intent in the discussion, but rather, an ongoing chronicle of negative situations and the people associated with them. You might be inclined to agree with some of the comments. However, if there is clearly nothing beneficial being discussed, such as solutions or strategies, it is best to avoid those conversations.   Prayer-Lord, you know I am tempted to join conversations about _____________________. I share the frustrations of my coworkers. I pray that you will help me to focus on your word and your expectations for me to demonstrate integrity. I also pray for my workplace, both the people and situation, that you would bring clarity and peace. In Jesus’ name. Amen

May 29th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Secret to My Success

  The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon; planted in the house of the Lord, they will flourish in the courts of our God. (Psalm 92:12-13 NIV) When our workplace conduct is pleasing to God we will thrive and grow. We are members of the body of Christ at all times, even when we are not at church. When we interact with others, make decisions and complete tasks, our goal should be do everything in excellence. Even though our occupation may be secular and may have absolutely nothing to do with faith, we should still execute our responsibilities in a way that shows reverence to Christ. As a result, our work will be executed superbly and we will grow spiritually. Our employers have likely outlined the procedures and standards of our work. There may specific competencies we must master in order to realize job advancement. Likewise, God uses our secular employment to develop spiritual competencies so that we can grow in His kingdom and for His purposes.   Prayer-Father, you know my work and the challenges I face. I want to perform at my highest level and I want to please you as well. Lord, help me with the projects and tasks I must complete so that I reflect your image in my workplace. Amen

May 21st, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Are you overwhelmed?

Be merciful to me, Lord, for I am in distress; my eyes grow weak with sorrow, my soul and body with grief. (Psalm 31:9 NIV) Stress at work can be so overwhelming at times that we need to find some relief or an outlet. People find relief in constructive activities like exercise or hobbies. We know that exercise is beneficial for the body and is highly recommended as a stress reliever. Others turn to inappropriate outlets such as alcohol, drugs or over indulgence in food and we know the damage this behavior causes to our bodies and our lives over all. When we are in distress we should make wise decisions to manage our behavior. We must take proper care of our bodies. We should also take time to ask God for his presence and peace in our workplace when we feel this way. At times like this, it’s appropriate to take a brief retreat to someplace private to pray and share with God. Pour out your heart to him. Explain in your own words why you are stressed. This will bring you closer to Him and help you to remember that he is present and helping with the burdens you are carrying at work. His loving presence will soothe you. Prayer-Father I am so stressed right now because _________________________________. God I have been feeling overwhelmed. I need your love and comfort and I need to know that you are here with me. Please reveal your presence so I can [...]

May 17th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Competition and Career Development

My times are in your hands; deliver me from the hands of my enemies, from those who pursue me. Let your face shine on your servant; save me in your unfailing love. (Psalm 31:15-16 NIV) Our future and our career path are in the hands of God. We should remind ourselves of this, especially when we feel the pressure of competition or adversarial work relationships. Perhaps you work in a competitive sales environment; a position which demonstrates strong mental or physical agility or perhaps you are competing for a promotion.  You may believe you are capable of executing the responsibilities of the role better than your competition and you are worthy of recognition. The other candidates certainly feel the same as you, resulting in tension and unwanted stress. The heavenly father has already decided who will be promoted. As a child of God, remember that He loves you and will place you in the role which suits you and helps you to become the person he wants you to become.  Relinquish your will to Him. Trust that he will cover and fortify you. Your career will develop as you develop into spiritually.   Prayer-Father, I know you sit high and look low. Your perspective is greater than mine. You are alpha and omega. You know the beginning and the end. I trust you to guide me and to promote me to the right position when I am ready. Lord, please show me where I need to change and improve so [...]

May 7th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

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