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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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?

Leader and follower?

Exodus 5:6-8

‘That same day the Pharaoh gave his order to the slave drivers and overseers in charge of the people. “You are no longer to supply the people with straw for making bricks; let them go and gather their own straw for making bricks; let them go gather their own straw. But require them to make the same number of bricks as before….”

Nothing has changed. People in power making life difficult for those with no power is a familiar story. Both in life and the work place. But instead of dwelling on those that can make our lives difficult, we should turn our focus to the one that can make it easier. God. He took care of the people of Israel and He’ll take care of us. We will enter the kingdom of heaven as equals, no CEO or world leader will be first in line. All of that power and self-importance will be left behind. It won’t go with us. So, whether we are in positions of power or not it seems pointless to toil away on this earth (in the limited amount of years we have on it) trying to prove something that will ultimately mean nothing! Instead, let’s behave in the way God wants us to behave regardless of our place in the corporate world. Loving, encouraging, respectful, honest, understanding and humble. The list goes on but those words even things out. We work with each other, respectful of each of our positions, but we work for God.

Pray with me

Heavenly Father, be with us through our struggles. Whether we’re leaders or those following the lead. Give us respect for each other and help us to remember that you have the greatest power and that it’s you we work for. May we be joyful in the way we work together forever glorifying your name – Amen!

Don’t worry.

Philippians 4:6-7

‘Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds’

 

Sometimes I don’t know what to write when I’m faced with scripture like that. Because it seems so clear and simple. It was in my daily reading yesterday and I felt compelled to bring it up again today. It’s a very comforting piece of scripture. I always find it very reassuring when it comes to the business place. In the world when I can never work out why certain things happens, with all the anxieties and pressures we all face.

It is easy to get wrapped up in our problems and worries whilst still knowing about the promise that God gives us in the scripture. We forget that scripture requires action from us. It says ‘present your requests to God through prayer and petition’. And only then will the peace of God guard out hearts. So, whatever is causing you concern today lift it up to God. Blurt it out! He’s listening. Don’t keep it to yourself no matter how ridiculous it is. But remember to also give thanks!

Pray with me

Heavenly Father, we lift all of our anxieties, concerns and worries up to you. Go ahead of us to the office place so we can have peace in knowing that you are there with us so you can free us Lord from the shackles of this world – Amen!

 

 

 

What do I have in common with the guy that’s loading the baggage?

1 Corinthians 12: 4-6

Now there are different gifts, but the same spirit. And there are different ministries, but the same Lord. And there are different results, but the same God who produces all of them for everyone.

I’m staring out of the window at JFK watching the plane being loaded with bags. It’s a glorious morning and I’ve watched the sunrise over the terminal. As it has , the place has come alive. It’s making me think though. How everything is connected. How all our work is connected. I couldn’t go anywhere if that guy wasn’t loading the bags. Or if someone hadn’t designed the plane in the first place. Following on from my post last week, it’s really just a continuation of God’s work. Everyone working together to make things happen. The guy loading the bags his doing His work to the best of his ability. He looks like he’s enjoying it, laughing and joking with his work mates. He’s been given a skill by God. He’s fast, that’s for sure and he’s careful with the bags.  He looks like he’s a good guy to work with as well. I hope I can be like him in London. No matter that I’m doing a completely different job. He’ll have his problems. Faulty machinery, delayed planes, snow!  I’ll have my problems. Precious editors, frustrated clients, rain! So, we’re the same. Equally created by God. We have a days work ahead of us and through all the problems we can only work as though we’re working for God. As we all can, with patience, humility and joy. Have a great day!

Does God travel with you on business trips?

James 1:2-4

‘Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything’.

Conversation

I don’t think I’m a very a patient person. Which isn’t good, because I believe that losing my patience means I will behave in a very un-Christian like way. Which then means God will not shine through me. It’s as simple as that.

Today, I was on my way to the airport again. I had a car pick me up at 5am and my flight was at 7am. I thought at that time of morning I would fly through to JFK airport. I was wrong. No sooner was I on the 95 then the traffic came to a halt. I couldn’t believe it. 5am and the traffic isn’t moving because of construction work. I let out a sigh and a huff. It took about 20 minutes to get moving again. But not for long before we hit more traffic. I was 30 minutes into my journey and I hadn’t gone 6 miles. I let out an even bigger sigh and a huff. I think the driver heard it this time because he started to weave his way from lane to lane but we all know that doesn’t work. I told him so as well. My impatience was now starting to show. Not good.

Once we did get moving his poor driving skills started to show themselves. He couldn’t keep within the lines of a lane and he couldn’t keep his foot consistently on the accelerator pedal. I was worrying about missing my flight and now I was concerned I’d be in an accident. It then started to rain. Torrential rain. Needless to say, this made things worst. I won’t go in to details but I really was in fear of my life. Even if the driver could keep within the lines of the road, he wasn’t able to see them.

I eventually did make it to the airport with 30 minutes to go before my flight. I did thank the driver and I sprinted into the airport. Once I was in my (aisle) seat on the plane I had time to reflect back on the journey. It was undoubtedly exhausting and nerve-wracking and I think I tried to be patient but I wasn’t. I didn’t lose my temper but I was impatient. And what was worse, I didn’t even think about praying for patience or for my safety. I HAD LEFT GOD AT HOME. Neither did I show any concern for the driver. It can’t have been easy for him with the bad weather, his trouble with driving and me sighing in the back.

But God is gracious and he will give me another chance. All I can do is pray for forgiveness, patience and perseverance. And that for future trips, I don’t say goodbye to Him as well as my family when I leave for the airport. Amen!

The Driver’s view….Very artistic!