Pack up your troubles.

Psalm 18:6

‘In my distress I called upon the Lord; to my god and I cried for help. From his temple he heard my voice, and my cry reached his ears.’

I can’t remember the last time I cried but I remember as a child crying and then feeling better afterwards. We’re in business and we very rarely cry even though we may sometimes feel like it. We can pour out our troubles to God though. Cry out and scream if we want to. He’s listening. He knows our troubles already but that’s fine because He wants to hear them from us anyway. Why? Because that shows faith and trust in Him as well as us wanting to have a relationship with Him. And it proves that we cannot do anything alone. For a while maybe we can, or maybe even years and decades but eventually we will need to cry out to God. He will be there waiting, listening and taking on those troubles. So, pack them up and ship them to God. ‘Urgent’ shipping. And then be at peace. You will feel a lot better afterwards.

Pray with me

Heavenly Father, we pray that we can simply let go and put all of our burdens on you. Thank you for always taking them on and being there to listen when we cry out to you – Amen!

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You may have lost the contract but you haven’t lost God.

1 John 5:4

‘Faith is the victory that overcomes the world and without faith it is impossible to please God’

It is easy to feel sorry for ourselves when the deal we were meant to seal doesn’t go our way. Or the job we were certain we were going to get doesn’t come off. Or even the plan  we set for ourselves doesn’t turn out the way we thought it would. Feeling as though we’ve been ‘robbed’ of something is actually a selfish approach to life. If everybody got everything then business wouldn’t work. But how does ‘not winning’ affect our lives? Do we take it home to our families through anger or, perhaps worse, silence? Do we take it into a bar or bar car where we carelessly rant about whoever else won? Do we blame our work colleagues? God has plans for us. He knows what’s around the corner. He knows our future. If that is true, and we believe it is, then we just need to have faith and trust in God that it just wasn’t meant to be and then have peace. It’s not the right path this time. But don’t give up. The idea of boldly and confidently trying to win is fine if it’s achieved in God’s name with Him at the center and not us. If done with the boldness, strength, skill, and wisdom that God provides through our prayers. Win it with God. Lose it with God. Both equally as important because both ways allows us to say “I won it the right way” or “I lost it the right way”. God will eventually reward those that work in His name. It’s really a win, win situation!

Pray with me

Heavenly Father, be with us always through good and bad. May we put our faith in you so we can remain at peace in all work situations – Amen!

Big Job. Big company. Even bigger God.

Psalm 147:5

Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; his understanding is beyond measure

I’ve started walking into big advertising agencies again. To meet people and for work. I haven’t really been inside one for a few months and I’d forgotten what intimidating places they can be. How big is the company you work for? It seems the bigger the company, the more distant it becomes. It doesn’t feel very intimate or friendly. Or, dare I say, loving? Loving isn’t a word we associate with the workplace. Not some of the ones I’ve worked in. But among all that intimidation and tension is someone that’s bigger than it all. God. Ridiculously bigger. We can’t compare. But even better, He’s incredibly close. Really close. He’s right next to us, walking with us. Big, close and loving. So, when that big place we work for becomes even more intimidating because of stress, worry and fear we can turn to God for a close, peaceful and loving relationship. He will be your strength, your rock. You just need to have big faith!

Small prayer

Today’s the day!

Psalm 119:105

‘Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path’

Following God isn’t easy. Sometimes I wake up and think ‘Today’s the day’. The day I don’t put myself before others. The day I don’t ignore what God wants me to do. The day I don’t selfishly chase after the things that have no value to me like money, success, material things, and the day I simply pick up my Bible and read it. Just read and read more. And then meditate on the word and pray. Doing that is actually a lot easier than chasing after all that other stuff. But it’s just a discipline. We have a huge amount of discipline in our work lives. Making deadlines. making money for our companies, making meetings on time, getting home from work for social functions and so on. All we need to do is channel some of that discipline toward God and take a ‘time-out’. Thankfully, through his grace, God gives us a fresh start every day. Is today that day?

Pray with me

Heavenly Father, forgive us for not looking to you for guidance in our lives. May we look to your word always. Light our path, Lord. The path that glorifies you, Amen!

 

Do less.

Psalm 37:7

‘Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes’

‘Be still’ is one of my favorite hymns. Click here to listen and read the words at the same time. And perhaps do it again after you’re read this.

My weeks were once full of work. And more work. On the train in the morning I prayed for strength to get me through the day and then raced off from there without another thought for God. And at the end of the day or week I would give thanks. But thanks for what? For barely getting me to the finishing line? For just about keeping my head above water? The workplace is a roller coaster ride. Once we’re on it we can’t slow it down or get off. But how about we plan before we get on it? Before we accept all of those meetings, client dinners and conferences. On top of that there’s the other work. The parent meetings, church meetings, mission trips, prayer meetings, the list goes on. God isn’t keeping track of all the things we do but he might be keeping track of why we do it and for what purpose. In His name or ours? Doing less, with prayer and a listening ear, may mean doing more for God. With him in our hearts always. You might also have time to take in the world around you. I’ve just realized that this is practically the same post as last week’s STOP, LOOK, LISTEN, THINK! Oh well, perhaps it just needed to be said again?

You’re not on your own.

Matthew 4:1-2

‘Then Jesus was led up by the spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. He fasted forty days and forty nights, and afterwards he was famished’

The business world can be a lonely place. When we’re under pressure and stress it feels a  like we have to deal with it ourselves and all the temptations that come with it. ‘Dog eat dog’ it’s called. No matter how much stress, pain, suffering and rejection we may feel we should know that God went through the same and much worst by becoming Jesus. There’s nothing we go through that He doesn’t have compassion for. Think about His pain and suffering. Fasting for forty days! In a desert! He understands how bad it can be. I realize that all may be well in your world today and that the things I’m writing don’t match up. It was true for jesus on this earth as well. A week before he was crucified, people were on their hands and knees praising and worshiping him. He experienced the ups and downs too. So, maybe nothing is troubling us today, but if anything ever does we just need to surrender it all to God. As it says in Psalm 23 ‘And even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, you are with me. Your rod and staff they comfort me.’ That all sounds dramatic, but anyone reading this that has had the threat of redundancy over their heads, a new boss that for some reason doesn’t like them or their job riding on a big presentation will know exactly what I mean. What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? Romans 8:31. Amen!

Pray with me

Heavenly Father, thank you for sending your son to suffer for us. May we look to you in our own suffering for peace, love, wisdom, skill, guidance and strength, Amen!