3 Motivations For Your Work

I-Love-My-Job-handsIf you hate your job or position in life today, you’re not alone.  A recent Gallop poll found that only 30% of Americans are engaged and inspired with their work.  But this can change for you.

Three things that motivate my work in ministry.

1.  Obedience – This part is so important.  If I’m not doing what God wants me to do, I’m not in his will.  Its as simple as that.  When we have received the gift of salvation through his grace and mercy we should want to do the work he has for us.  Not only that, I’ve come to realize that we can never really be fulfilled and happy with our lives until we’re fully in line with what he has called us to do….at home, work, and with everyone around us.

2.  Love for Jesus – That’s right.  When our motives are good and we are focused on pleasing the right person, it changes everything about how we view our jobs and responsibilities.  Any time I’ve ever found parts of my job unpleasant, I start thinking about the fact that I really am doing this work to please him…not my boss or co-workers.  Just him!

3.  Love for others – For me, this includes church people and non-believers.  For you, this might be a spouse, employer, customers, co-workers, etc.  When we become focused on others we are better able to lose sight of the things we personally find troublesome or lousy in our own lives.  Our attention is now being directed outward instead of inward.

So, let’s recap.  Are you doing what you’re supposed to be doing?  Is what you’re doing putting a smile on Jesus’ face?  And are you keeping in mind the benefit of others while you do your thing?

What have you done to stay motivated in what you do?

As you enter into 2014, may you know and experience what it’s like to experience joy in your work.

Comments are welcome below, or you can leave me a voice message HERE.

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Don’t Peek Inside My Car

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photo by: cindybultema.blogspot.com

Ok, be honest. You’ve peered into total strangers’ cars before…at least once…right? No? Are you afraid to admit it?

Well, I experienced this today. (Don’t judge me)

Here’s what happened.

I pulled up at Starbucks to get some uninterrupted work done. (yes, I’m one of those people)  As I am getting out of my car, a fairly large note on the console of the car next to me caught my eye. The interior was pretty dark so the 3×5 ‘white’ card kind of stood out. Anyway, I noticed hand writing on it. I didn’t want to appear like a total creeper, so here’s what I could make of the note in the 1.497 second glance I took.  It was a Bible verse, including the referance.  It might have been from Romans.  (No, I did not take this picture with my phone. Who do you think I am?)

Here are 3 things I learned from this moment:

1.  If you look close enough, you will find evidence of other believers around you every day.  This made me smile.

2.  Similar to this person, don’t be afraid to make your faith visible in public.  Who knows who you will encourage… even unintentionally.

3.  Refrain from trying to figure out whose car it is while you are sitting in Starbucks.  It will drive you crazy.

Important tip:  I do not advise looking into stangers cars.  However, if you do, be sure there isn’t anyone sitting in the back seat before you take second glances inside the vehicle.  #AwkwardMoment 

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Sabbath Reflections

Mondays are my day off…and my Sabbath (day of rest and spiritual reflection). Below are some of the passages and thoughts I experienced this morning.

 

Jabez was more honorable than his brothers; and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, “Because I bore him in pain.” Jabez called upon the God of Israel, saying, “Oh that you would bless me and enlarge my border, and that your hand might be with me, and that you would keep me from harm so that it might not bring me pain!” And God granted what he asked. (1 Chronicles 4:9, 10 ESV)

The prayer of Jabez was simple, short, and specific. The Bible refers to his as honorable. And I’m assuming he had a significant amount of faith, because we are told that ‘God granted what he asked.’

And when he (Saul) had come to Jerusalem, he attempted to join the disciples. And they were all afraid of him, for they did not believe that he was a disciple. But Barnabas took him and brought him to the apostles and declared to them how on the road he had seen the Lord, who spoke to him, and how at Damascus he had preached boldly in the name of Jesus. (Acts 9:26, 27 ESV)

Sometimes our brothers or sisters need our help affirming their credibility. Whether they’re a new christian or truly on the right path back to walking with Jesus, the Lord may call on you or I to come along side them for a season. May we notice these times and be available when we are called.

And he said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” (Luke 12:15 ESV)

God is not opposed to us having wealth, things, or abundant joy. But he does warn us to not allow these things to take his place as God. His heart is for you and I to desire him above all these things. Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5 ESV) The key point is this. Whether we have great need or are in need of absolutely nothing, we always have our God. He is our greatest possession.

May this bless you as much as it has me today. What is God speaking to you?

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Don’t get distracted from all that God has for you

Sometimes we allow big moments, good and bad, to keep us from being fully alert.  

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photo by: lifehacker.com

Take a look at this passage regarding the mystery of God.

Just as you don’t know the path of the wind, or how bones develop in the womb of a pregnant woman, so you don’t know the work of God who makes everything.  In the morning sow your seed, and at evening do not let your hand rest, because you don’t know which will succeed, whether one or the other, or if both of them will be equally good.   Ecclesiastes 11:5-6  (HCSB)

God’s work is unpredicable.  It’s mysterious.  He has his reasons for how, when, and why he does what he does.

“In the morning sow your seed, and at evening do not let your hand rest.”  In other words, don’t just plant your seeds in the first part of your day and then spend the rest of your day sitting there watching to see if something will happen.  God longs for our attention through the entire day.

Look at it this way.  Let’s say you were able to give a homeless man $10 this morning on your way to work.  That’s wonderful.  But don’t allow that one good deed distract you from other kingdom opportunities that God may have for you later that same day.  Our work is never done.  And this is a good thing.  This should remind us that God wants us to partner with him constantly.  It’s a priviledge.

 

This can even apply to trails and spiritual attacks.  Sometimes we will be in spiritual battle over depression, finances, relationships, or health issues.  While God does give us his armor to stand firm against these attacks, I also believe these can be timely distractions….distractions from seeing critical movements of God’s hand in our life and the lives of those around us.

 

How have you seen God’s work to be mysterious in your life?  

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God’s Really NOT Weird!

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photo by: alexisfraser.com

I was reading in Joshua 6 recently about the Israelites blowing trumpets and shouting as their attack strategy from God to overtake Jericho.  It really is a crazy story.  I don’t think any of us would have ever thought of going about it that way.

We often say that God’s ways are not our ways, and that He tends to do things in a creative and unorthodox manner.

Then a thought occured to me!

What if His ways are completely normal?  And what if our ways of approaching situations and tasks are simply infantile and rediculous?

Maybe if we really learned that our ways of thinking are no where near God’s ways, we might stop praying for specifics regarding the ‘how’ …and pray more toward our change of heart to receive God’s providence when He gives us a solution….no matter how weird it may seem.

It really boils down to our expectations, doesn’t it?  When we pray for God to move, are we expecting Him to think as a human….or think as a Creator?  How we answer that question probably defines how we react when He does move.

This week, may we be able to ask Him for miracles….and then have the faith required to accept His solutions.

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22 Reasons I Love My Wife

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My amazing wife and I have been married for 22 years!  This post is dedicated to her, so I’ve listed 22 reasons (not a complete list) I love her so much.  Are you ready?

1. Her relentless love for me.

2. Her deep inner beauty.

3. Her overwhelming outer beauty.  (you’re hot, baby!)

4. She’s very intelligent & loves learning.

5. She holds me accountable.

6. Her unconditional faith in Christ.

7. Her adorable love for quiet time on the couch in PJs while enjoying ice-cold Coke.

8. She’s great with numbers and budgets…..I’m not.

9. Her immense passion for the wellbeing of others.

10. She’s as much of a coffee snob as I am.

11. She’s the perfect life partner for me.

12. She’s a very caring and loving mother.

13. She speaks the truth lovingly.

14. My family loves her.

15. She challenges me to be a better dad.

16. We share a determination for physical fitness.

17. She makes the best home-made beef stew & lasagna on the planet…..really.

18. She always encourages me in my job.

19. She’s tolerant when I’m sick and whiny.

20. She’s patient with my flaws….and there are many.

21. She practices healthy self-leadership.

22. She simply enjoys life!

Now I have a challenge for you.  Can you list a reason you love your spouse for every year you’ve been married?

Love is patient and kind.  Love is not jealous or boastful or proud  or rude.  It does not demand its own way.  It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged.  It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out.  Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.         1 Corinthians 13:4-7  (NLT)

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A four-letter word!

I’m on the tail end of my vacation.  So check out this guest post by my friend and sister-blogger, Sharita Knobloch.

The room was dark. All was quiet. But my mind was swirling… Various items of my “To Do” list were zipping through my head… Unpack boxes. Call the Internet company. Paint. Hang Curtains. Blog. Make the weekly menu. Update Budget.

My heart started to race and a sinking feeling of panic overtook me. There was no way sleep was coming any time soon. But then suddenly… I heard His Voice.

“REST, my child… Tomorrow has enough worries of it’s own. My mercies are new every morning. Be still and know I’m God. Trust me.”

Gulp. Ok, God. Heard ya.

So I laid there, staring at the ceiling, taking some deep breaths, praying, releasing my seemingly important list to Him. Slowly, I drifted off to sleep.

And guess what? I was able to face the next day RESTED, with peace and confidence.  Amazing what a good night’s sleep will do for a gal, right?

REST.   A four-letter word that so many people treat as, well, a four-letter-word.

We live in a world of GO-GO-GO and DO-DO-DO. The busier you are the better. (Or so society seems to think.) I’ve met folks that take pride in the fact that they have so much going on or they haven’t taken a vacation in forever, or work seven days a week.

Treating “rest” like a dirty word and keeping a hurried pace of life isn’t healthy. When we are that worn out, we are running on fumes and can’t give our best to the One who called us to serve, whether it be in family life, our jobs, in our community or our church.

Do you treat “rest” like a dirty word or as a God-given tool to recharge our hearts? Heck, God made the world and even HE rested on the seventh day. Think about it.

Dear readers, I challenge you to take a good look at your life—pray, asking the Lord to show you any areas which you need to rest a bit. From vacation, to sleep, to just taking a little time to relax and do nothing, remember that REST isn’t a dirty word… It’s a powerful, mighty and simple gift given to us by our incredible Creator.

Let’s rest on that truth.

Sharita’s bio:

A personal pep-talker and Jesus lover at heart, Sharita Knobloch is a chocolate-indulging, pseudo-running, enthusiastically creative minister, writer, and Spiritual Leadership Coach.  She blogs regularly and hosts a ministry called 7 Days Time which encourages others to find Jesus in the everyday. Whenever she gets the chance, she enjoys exploring her current “home” state of Washington with her Beloved U.S. Army Infantry husband Brandon, new baby girl Charis and their hilarious puppy, Sweet Justus.

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