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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.

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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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Humanity in unity…while very separate

Equality– Gay rights / marriage equality

– Abortion

– Legalized marijuana 

– Gun ownership

– War v. Peace

– Immigration

– Super-sizing your Coke

…and the list goes on!

I’m writing this to all Christian believers, but also for all who have seen only judgement, hypocrisy, hate, and separation in those of us who call ourselves Christians.  

For dedicated Christians, the Bible is believed to be the ‘inspired Word of God’ to all of humanity.  That said, we aspire to live our lives according to its guidance.  It’s simply called Faith.

HOWEVER!

The Bible should not (and was not meant to be) a solid brick wall that separates Christians and non-Christians. Quite the opposite.

Lately, the marriage equality symbol (above) has been representing social media profile pics.  Hey….it’s America.  Freedom of speech.  But let us not allow these kinds of statements be something that further separates us as a society.

Will I be taking this symbol as my profile pic? No.  I do not believe that same-sex marriage is God’s intended best for His people.  BUT, I also have no problem simply doing life in general with those who do.  Agreeing to disagree, yet holding polor opposite views on major issues, does not translate to me trying to force my beliefs on anyone.

Even if you don’t believe in any validity in the Bible, I ask that you at least take a look at how it tells us (believers) to posture our lives around everyone.

Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior.  Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.   Ephesians 4:31-32

This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you.    John 15:12

Don’t rejoice when your enemies fall;  don’t be happy when they stumble.   Proverbs 24:17

Never pay back evil with more evil.  Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable.  Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone.   Romans 12:171-8

Three things will last forever — faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.   1 Corinthians 13:13
So, to all the Christians:  It is possible to love and do life with those who share a much different lifestyle than us, while NOT compromising our faith and the standard of living put before us in the Bible.  For Christians to continue separating themselves from the non-believing world around us is to be simply rejecting the scriptures listed above.  We don’t have the privilege of picking and choosing what we like and don’t like in the Bible.  It’s not a social issues buffet!
And to the non-Christian community…I ask this.  Simply do not place all of us (Christians) in one generic category of legalistic, hyper-religious preachers.  Try entering into discussion on these topics with us.  Attempt doing life side by side with us.  Some may pleasantly suprise you!
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Do you feel the love?

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 reads:

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.

Wow! A lot of what Love is and isn’t. This passage is famously referenced in the context of marriage, but its intent is much more general than that. Paul is clearly speaking about our character as believers in Jesus Christ. It’s how we behave/react with each other in certain circumstances, and our attitude and feelings inside of us that often times drive our behavior.

Jesus came to be with us in human form unselfishly and purely out of love for us. This is how we now have the gift of grace in our lives. It seems to me that when we can fully embrace the above text, we can then feel the heartbeat of Christ toward each other.

This week, may you be able to love…and allow yourself to be loved. May you also not lose your hope in God. He’s still hoping in you!

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A New Commandment

 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another:  just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.  By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.            John 13:34-35 (ESV)

Jesus himself modeled this for us.  His own disciples (church people) betrayed him, doubted him, neglected his needs, etc.  Yet…he loved them.  He truly loved them.  He even had compassion on the guards who nailed him to the cross, and asked his Father in Heaven to forgive them for their actions.

Jesus’ purpose was to come as the once and for all time ultimate sacrifice for the sins of all mankind.  Our purpose (as believers) is simply to expose others to Christ the Savior.  This is more effective than teaching Sunday School, evangelizing, or inviting someone to church.  Now, don’t get me wrong.  All of these things are necessary and good.  If others can see that we genuinely love each other, however, THIS will convince EVERYONE that we belong to Jesus.  Real love…..not pretend love…..is our most effective witness.

May you today show real love toward a family member, co-worker, grocery clerk, or church member who has ‘wronged’ you.  In doing so, you will be introducing Jesus himself to them…..and possibly changing their life for eternity.

 

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