Cast all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you
It’s perhaps not in our nature to make things easier for ourselves. As we work our way up the ladder work gets more intense and pressured. Expectations are high and so are salaries. We feel we should be working hard to earn that money. And to be seen to be working hard. Early mornings and late nights. First in. Last out. The twists and turns inside our bodies can make our work harder. The worry, the anxiety, the stress, the frustration, the anger, the ego and the pride. We use up all our energies on them and it drains us. We look exhausted because of these things. There was a time when even though I believed in God, I couldn’t believe that He could help with the problems I faced at work. But through my own experiences and what I read in The Bible I came to believe and trust that God had control over all situations. Nowadays, when I remember to, I give it all over to God. And when I do that it all becomes much easier. I am aware that all the issues are still there. I can’t completely forget them but knowing He’s in control can give me tremendous peace. Of course, I don’t stop doing my job. I’m not sitting back and watching. I’m just letting God work through me and work out the situation. Sometimes it doesn’t work out the way I expected or wanted to, but that’s the way it works with God. If we give it all up to Him then we have to be open to a different result to the one we planned. So today, as you head towards your place of work, give any concerns you have up to God. Let Him do the hard work. I suspect it’s quite easy for Him.
Pray with me
Heavenly Father, we ask that You take on all our burdens so we can be at peace at work today – Amen!
‘Whoever is of God hears the words of God. The reason why you do not hear them is that you are not of God’
We were recently moving house. One of the men that worked for the moving company seemed particularly happy. After a while he came up to me and said “Today is the happiest day of my life”. Moving us made it the happiest day of his life? No. It turns out the man was going to see his Mother next month. He is from Brasil and his Mother had been granted a visa to visit the USA. He had not seen her in 10 years.
I almost felt like crying. He really did have a reason the be happy. And then it made me think. I am not always at home. I am away from my family a lot. But I can see them as often as I like and I’m not that far away from them. Even my family in the UK are not that far away. And, unlike the moving man, who couldn’t pay his way back to Brasil, we can occasionally afford to go back to the UK and visit. I felt fortunate compared to him. He was probably in his late teens when he left his Mother. God blesses us and shows us grace in abundance but sometimes we need to hear someone else’s story to appreciate how blessed we are.
The man was very happy. He was not sad. Not that day. But I am sure he had many sad days up until then. Praise God for sending his Mother to him and praise God for sending me His message through that man.
Pray with me
Heavenly Father, we ask that we can be attentive to Your word both through scripture and other other vessels You choose to communicate with. We pray that we will pause and listen carefully to the message You send us – Amen!
I tell you, on the day of judgement people will give account for every careless word they speak
‘Careless talk cost lives’ was a famous slogan on posters during World War Two in London. A quirky cartoon of two elderly women gossiping had a picture on the wall above them of Adolf Hitler listening in on their conversation. I’m not sure how their chit-chat would have affected the war but hey, it was entertainment.
Our choice of words at work can affect the course of a day. When I was working full-time, the first words I spoke in the day sometimes affected how I would behave and communicate for the rest of the day. It set the tone, sometimes. How I greeted people, how I reacted to a question and how I spoke about others. It says in James 5 – How great a forest is set a blaze by such a small fire. Bad words and gossip won’t necessarily ‘cost lives’ as in the poster slogan but it can surely affect someones life. The words can spread like the fire and cause destruction. There’s nothing worst then dreading coming into the office, worried about what’s being said about you or how you might be bullied that day. Yes, bullying isn’t only reserved for the playground. So, let’s think about how we talk to others today. Be kind, loving, caring and compassionate. Be like Jesus!
Pray with me
Heavenly Father, Be with us today. Help us to hold our tongues and speak careful, kind words to out fellow workers. Help us also to be encouraging to others – Amen!
You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by it’s deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness”
Consistent. It’s one of the most difficult things to be. Whether it’s how you behave at work or how you behave at home. If someone at work could see you at home would they say ‘Yes, I recognize that person”? Not your face but how you are as a person, your character and personality. If your close friends or family could see you at work would they notice any difference in you by the way you act and the things you say?
If the Holy Spirit is at work in us then we will be consistent because God is in us. If we’re behaving differently then it’s us and not God at work.
I understand that we have to use certain aspects of our personalities in different ways. We do have to show that more assertive side at work, especially if we’re leaders or managers. And as long as we are respectful and well-mannered there’s nothing wrong with that. But I’m talking about the things that others would be shocked by. Bad language, careless talk (gossip), bad jokes, flirting, drinking excessively. The list goes on. Have I ever been any of those things? Most certainly I have over the past 26 years. But when I’m closest to God those things don’t come anywhere near me. They run away from me! Or, I run away from them! That’s why a regular relationship with God, and not a once a week Sunday sit down is important.
That’s why I write this blog. It’s written for other people but most of the time it’s a ‘note to self’. It’s a great reason to be with God. When I’m with Him I feel less vulnerable. As it says in Psalm 23, ‘You prepare a table before for me in the presence of my enemies’. The evil.
So, Let’s be ourselves to-day. And when I say ‘ourselves’ I mean God and us. With him, we are who He wants us to be. Without Him, sometimes we’re unrecognizable to others and to Him.
‘Heavenly Father, We pray for consistency in our lives. For us to be steadfast in glorifying you always’ – Amen!