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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.

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

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Don’t be vain in your work

To what level to you really trust God?

Do you trust Him enough to…

…not look at your email for an entire 24 hours on a day off?

…leave some items on your task list and go to bed at a decent time?

…turn your phone OFF during dinner with your family?

It is useless for you to work so hard from early morning until late at night, anxiously working for food to eat;  for God gives rest to his loved ones.    Pslam 127:2 (NLT)

In place of ‘useless,’ one translation uses vain (self-obsessed).

Ouch!

I had become very familiar with the ‘be still and know that I am God’ passage, but this one puts a whole new spin on the topic of working too much.  It really addresses this issue of taking matters into our own hands and not fully trusting the Lord to provide.

I don’t know about you, but I want to become God-obsessed…..not self-obsessed.

Jesus longs to be so much more than our ‘weekend deity.’  He desires for you and I to come to Him as our daily sustenance.  Our provider in every moment.

That’s what our God does.  That’s who our God is.  He never changes.  So, when our trust level in Him shrinks it’s because we’ve changed.

This week, tell a friend or pastor about an area you intend to trust God more with your life…then ask them to hold you accountable.

I would love to hear from you.  You can leave me a voicemail or a comment below.

Have a great week!

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Faith Beyond Sunday

We’ve all been there.  We experience moving worship and an encouraging sermon on Sunday morning, and we go home fully convinced that this week we will be different.  We will be changed….Kingdom-minded in everything we do.  Then Monday morning arrives.  We over sleep, putting us behind schedule.  The kids are arguing, and one of them drops their cereal bowl resulting in broken pieces of ceramic mixed with milk all over the kitchen floor.  Finally, we get in the car to get kids to school and/or head to work…only to realize the fuel tank is on ‘E.’  We ask ourselves, “Can this day possibly get any worse?”  Then we regret what just came out of our mouths because we know that it can!  Can you relate?

Life is tough.  It’s definitely not easy.  It’s also very unpredictable.  This proves even more why we really do need practical faith…a faith beyond Sunday.

James 5:13-15 tells us…

Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise.  Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.  And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up.  And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.  (ESV) 

Prayer, praise, anointing, forgiveness……these are all things that draw our thoughts and attention back to Jesus.

To over sleeping…stop…and thank God that He gave you another day to wake up.

To the cereal mess…stop…and praise God that no one got injured.

To the empty tank…stop…and ask the Holy Spirit to allow someone to cross your path today that you can help.  Maybe the delay was needed.

Have you ever had a complete stranger pay the $5 you were short at the cashier?  Or maybe they let you ahead of them in the grocery line…even when you had ten times more items than they did?  Ponder this today.  Did you ever think that perhaps that person’s day had been full of chaos and stress right up to that very moment?

Be Jesus to someone today…and experience what its like to have a faith beyond Sunday.  What would that look like for you?

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