Source: Emails. Texts. Scripture.
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!