Stay close

This struck me as timely verse as we head back into work on a Monday morning.

Dear children, keep away from anything that might take God’s place in your hearts. (NLT) ( 1 John 5:21 )

This strikes as a loving statement, said by an old man, passing along his wisdom. Prevention is the core message. The first part to preventing a straying heart is figuring out what will cause your heart to wander. Some people allow anger to fill their heart, most struggle with money, or perhaps it’s slowly stepping away from our routine of connecting with God which allows a distance in our heart. What causes your heart to wander? The honest answer to this question will lead you to ways to prevent it from happening. Download this app to get your daily devotions:

What are we working towards?

Challenging words. When we work for God, everything changes. Our attitude, our manner, and the way our co-workers see us.

When you produce much fruit, you are my true disciples. This brings great glory to my Father. (NLT) ( John 15:8 )

The majority of our days can be spent working and laboring trying to produce fruitfulness. Is your profession one that goest against your faith? Does it continuously put you in a position that forces you to choose against what you believe is right? This is a difficult situation. Perhaps it’s time to make a change and take a stand, have a difficult conversation, or possibly change jobs. God will honor you and provide exactly what you need when you need it. He will be faithful to those who honor Him. Who knows what kind of impact you will have on policies, fellow co-workers, or your position. Download this app to get your daily devotions:

Less and less.

I read this yesterday. Great word as we head into work week. What are our motives? Who are we trying to glorify? Him or ourselves?

He [Jesus] must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less. (NLT) ( John 3:30 )

It’s so natural for us to focus on our accomplishments and want to bolster our image. The problem with this thinking is it’s selfish. When we focus on humbling ourselves, we step aside and let Christ shine. How can we become less important? A few steps can make a difference such as seeking others’ opinions or not being afraid to make mistakes. In addition, allowing Jesus to become a greater influence in our lives increases His importance to us. Open yourself up to increasing God and decreasing yourself. Download this app to get your daily devotions:

Right here. Right now.

I read this passage from Mark yesterday and a great devotional that came with it.

In relation to the workplace, has God got us right where he wants us? Even when we are looking to move on?

And you must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength. (NLT) ( Mark 12:30 )

Is your heart wholeheartedly serving God where He has placed you? Has your heart moved on and God won’t let you go? The danger of this happening is the fruits of your labor becomes much less fruitful. However, it is entirely possible to once again bear bountiful fruit. Even though it may be difficult to do, bring all of your heart back to where you have been placed until God moves you elsewhere. Bring back your heart. Download this app to get your daily devotions:

Don’t quit.

If your boss is angry at you, don’t quit! A quiet spirit can overcome even great mistakes. (NLT) ( Ecclesiastes 10:4 )

It happens. We make a mistake or do something to offend someone who has authority over us at work. Out of frustration, anger, and despair we want to quit. The wisest man who ever lived, Solomon, gave us great insight into the best way to respond. If we respond quietly, honorably and carefully carry on with our work it gives time for tempers to die down. How do you usually respond when a teacher, boss, or parent gets angry with you? Download this app to get your daily devotions:

What suit are you wearing today?

Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. (NLT) ( Colossians 3:12 )

What would it look like if believers took this verse to heart? The business world would be a different place, driving during rush hour would be a different experience, and so too our own homes would be different. The world would be a better place. Do you think the world needs more mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, or patience? Choose one of these clothes and focus on wearing it this week. Download this app to get your daily devotions:

Good morning or great morning?

The Lord God placed the man in the Garden of Eden to tend and watch over it. (NLT) ( Genesis 2:15 )

Do you dread Monday mornings? Work was God’s first task to humans in the Garden of Eden. God didn’t give us work to make us trudge along in our days. He did it so we could receive joy from our accomplishments, seek Him, and bring glory to His name. If you don’t find what you are doing to be a labor of love, try changing your attitude. Or try changing your circumstances. Download this app to get your daily devotions:

Vinyl and cricket

Mark 11:24

Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours

One of our clients has recently had a complete re-shuffle in it’s management so we’re going through the process of getting to know a whole new bunch of people. It’s never easy. So, they all flew into town and we did an all day meeting sessions and dinner. (Like you do). It can cause some anxiety, so prior to them coming I prayed that I would just simply be able to ‘get on with them’. As the day went on and we got more familiar with each other we started to talk about our personal interests. One of the client’s husbands turns out to be a record player repairer and the other one, who is Australian, a huge fan of cricket. What’s the chances? Collecting records is a passion of mine. (and her and her husband’s)  and, guess what?…my player isn’t working too well. One of the speakers cuts out occasionally. The other client was at the SCG in Sydney in 2003 when I was also down there for the Ashes. (cricket series between England and Australia). I won’t go into details but, needless to say, both topics lead to a lot of conversation and was a good ice-breaker. It was an exhausting day but when I got home I had to pause. I realized that none of what happened was a coincidence. I don’t know how God worked it all out but I do know He did. He had it all under control. A simple prayer was all that was needed.

Pray with me

Heavenly Father, help us to turn to You in prayer when we are anxious – Amen!