‘Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than the people’.
Take a moment to say thanks to God for your gifts and blessings.
One of the first questions I’m ever asked at a function or social dinner is “what do I do?” or “who do I work for?” It’s a default question to break the ice. Of course, I always politely reply by saying who I work for or what I do. But the truth is, I work for God because it’s he who has given me the gifts and skills to do my work and it’s he that gives me the strength and confidence to face the issues in my work place. It’s all come from God because he created me, not the company I work for. Of course, the company benefits, and I try to be a loyal and hard-working employee because God wants me to behave in that way. And hopefully I benefit as well. As it goes on to say in Colossians 3:24, ‘Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward and that the Master you are serving is Christ’. I pray that one day when I’m asked that question, I can simply reply ‘God’ and then explain why.
Heavenly Father, today, give us the faith to turn to you in our work places. To praise and thank you when things are going well and for strength and wisdom when we’re facing difficulties. For it is you we serve and glorify. Amen.
Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock
On the train in the morning most people are looking on their phones for texts, emails and news. It’s business and we have to keep up. But there are messages from God. A daily reading can speak to us and guide us as Matthews verse suggests. It resets our thoughts and guards our actions. It gives us some space from the onslaught of emails. If we were honest, we sometimes sit there waiting for an email to appear! Use that time to read Gods word today. If you go on the app store and search ‘Daily Bible Devotion’ you’ll find a very simple one (icon of a fish) that sends you scripture and a thought on it twice a day. Alternatively, read the bible on your phone. There’s a message waiting there from God!
Heavenly Father, guide us with your word. Intercept our work life with wisdom and set us on the right path for the day – Amen!
Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your Father’s house to the land that I will show you”
This verse always fascinates me and I think about it often. If we research the scripture there is an interesting interpretation of ‘Father’s house’. It means the ‘place that provides’. When we think about our lives, that would be our place of work. The verse goes on to say ‘to the land that I will show you’. Meaning, have faith in Me (God) and I will show you exactly the right place to be.
It’s possible that some of us are under difficult circumstances at work or we feel like there’s something better out there for us. Something more fulfilling or rewarding. It could be where we are already working but a different position or project. But we’re fearful of leaving the ‘place that provides’. Pray hard to God and ask Him to ‘show you the land’. Things become a little more exciting (with a small dose of fear) when we know God has a plan and a place for us. If we have the faith, He has the place!
Noroton Heights station after a recent snowfall
Heavenly Father, thank you for our place of work and the gift of work. Guide us in the work place and show us where You want us to be – Amen!
‘Set your minds on things that are above and not on things that are on earth’.
As Lent begins many of us are frantically trying to find things to give up. The usual things – chocolate, online shopping, Netflix. Instead, perhaps it’s possible for us to give something up at work and focus on God. What would we give up to make us humble? What we give up to show more respect for a work colleague or have forgiveness for someone who offended us? What would we give up to show compassion for someone who is having a difficult time. Perhaps this would stay with us beyond the 40 days if we remain focused on Him.
In Colossians 3:2, God tells us to focus on things that are above, meaning Him and His teaching. Let go. Give up the things at work that you know stop you from behaving in a Godly way.
Gods creation is something else to focus on during Lent. He shows us some spectacular things!
Again Jesus spoke to them, saying “I’m the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life’
Since the beginning of this year I have rediscovered my passion for photography. ‘Light’ is one of the things that I can’t get enough of. As winter rolls on, the sunrise and sunset times are slowly changing and I’m very aware of when. The best thing about it is a connection I make with God and a heightened awareness of His creation. It’s amazing how the most mundane things can look beautiful under His light. The picture above was shot at around 6:30am at Noroton Heights train station. Not incredible, but certainly it’s Gods work peeking over the trees on the horizon. Our passions can find that connection with God. Think about it today and see if you can find a connection through your passions.
Pray with me.
Heavenly Father, we give thanks for Your Light in this world. May that light shine even brighter when we make that connection with You – Amen!
In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven – Matthew 5:16
Yesterday was a day of service at our church. Over 400 people went out into the community to serve in many ways. Yard work, delivering food, singing at a homes for the elderly, clearing trash and lots of other things.
At the end of the day we had a service of celebration and some testimonies from the day. One person encouraged us to take the feeling of joy we had that day and to carry it on the next day and continue to show the light to others. It was a great insight I thought. Is that always possible in the work place? It’s difficult. When doing things with fellow christians it’s not too difficult to behave in the way God would want us to. We encourage and support each other. The scripture above was the theme for our service day. But it’s the theme for every day as it is straight out of The Bible.
There’s a short video of the day below. A lot of joy. A lot of happiness. But just one day. How about a video for every day. What would that look like for us? It’s an interesting question. Throughout the video you will see words like Thanking, Caring and Loving. Words that are appropriate for every day.
So, April 3rd was our official day of service. Let’s try and make April 5th one as well
There are some verses in The Bible that feel like they were written today. The verse above from Roman’s is one of them. And it’s one of those verses that makes me smile. If you read it again, read it as someone who’s frustrated and waving their arms around in the air. Almost like they’ve done something over and over again but can’t stop themselves doing it.
Business is a tough place. We’re all jostling for position and trying all we can do to make an impression. Sometimes, we find ourselves doing something just because we’re fighting to keep our jobs. It could be something we say in a meeting or a decision we make that we know is doing ‘the very thing we hate’. Awareness of doing the wrong thing is good. But doing the right thing is a big step. It may put us to the bottom of the list in a promotion or jeopardise our position in the company.
Pray to God for wisdom as you go to work today. Pray that he will guide your heart and head. Allow him to enter into a situation at work and give you the right words and actions. Ruled by God’s plan for you and not your own ambitions. Romans goes on to say in verse 8 – ‘If God is with us who can be against us’ and in Matthew 34 – ‘Therefore do not worry about tomorrow for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of it’s own’. It doesn’t get more right than that.
Pray with me.
Heavenly Father, Guide my thoughts, words and actions today at work. Be with me in every situation so I can glorify You – Amen!
The Fall is a great reminder that God is close to us. As you stare out of your car window in traffic or the train window as you head into work, take a moment to give thanks to God and marvel at the color that he has created around us in New England.
And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. (NLT) ( Philippians 4:8 )
When you think positive thoughts, you see the glass as half full. It may sound simple, but that attitude can make all the difference in your approach to people, situations and environments. The most difficult part is keeping it top of mind. Try remembering this verse and reciting it to yourself throughout the day. Set alarms on your phone if it helps to remind you that it’s time to think positive again. Download this app to get your daily devotions: http://jctrois.comhttp://www.jctrois.com/dailybibledevotion/devotion.html?devo=emuOl2mwSS
These are some words from a hymn we sang recently. They are strong and comforting words. And as we head into work today they may be of some help and comfort. I wonder what that ‘little word’ is in the last line? I might be missing something obvious. Is it the Word of God or perhaps it’s just the word of our savior. Jesus.