The weekend was hectic, a work related event fell on friday, a wedding and a sporting event fell on saturday, sunday was church and some hearty conversation with buddies.
I have been thinking about something…
you know what has been said about asking, and you’ll receive?! What about seeking, and you’ll find?!
These last couple of days have been rather difficult in as far as my resolve not to get with any hot-blooded male just for the fun or lust of it…the attention is amazing, some dweebs don’t know a lady’s ‘NO’ even if it run them over Greyhound style. However, when I’m back home, in the silence that’s my backyard…as I listen to a remote stereo playing in the background somewhere…thoughts plague my personal space….
What harm is there in getting with so and so…?
Why won’t you meet someone that is right for you?
Why are you bothered that you’re single?
Who said she was bothered?
Call that gentleman up and suggest to meet up a local nearby.
Why would she go and do that? It is desperate if you ask me…
This dialogue/monolgue goes on for a while, until, I choose to shush them with the assurance that ‘It is well with my soul’ …partner or no partner. And that is what makes it worth the wait, or whatever you’d like to call it.
So it’s a brand new week and I’m looking forward to making the books grind…last leg of uni for me, so you know what’s up.
Those of you that are working, I’ve posted something just below these lines, take the time, and read all 3parts 🙂
till next time,
easy does it
Succeeding on the job (1)
‘He who is slothful in his work, is a brother to…a great destroyer.’ Proverbs 18:9
God’s interested in what you do for work; He’s also interested in how you do it. The truth is, your prospects for the future are determined by your work ethic. For the next few days let’s look at some work habits from the book of Proverbs to avoid or acquire if you want God’s blessing. Laziness. ‘I went past the field of the sluggard…the ground was covered with weeds, and the stone wall was in ruins…I…learned a lesson…A little sleep…folding of the hands…and poverty will come on you like a bandit…’ (Proverbs 24:30-34 NIV).
Laziness produces lack just as surely as a thief will rob you.
The Bible says lazy people are:
a) procrastinators. ‘A little sleep…folding of the hands.’ They say, ‘I’ll do it tomorrow,’ but tomorrow never comes
b) expensive to maintain. ‘He who is slothful in his work is a brother to…a great destroyer.’ They complain, cut corners, cripple businesses and cause hardship
c) quitters. They quit before the job’s finished. ‘The lazy man does not roast his game…’ (Proverbs 12:27 NIV). He hunts the deer but he won’t clean it. Unfinished projects fill his life: Half-built cupboards, half-painted rooms, half-tidied garages. Sound familiar?
d) masters of excuses. ‘The sluggard says, ‘There is a lion outside!’ or, ‘I will be murdered in the streets!’ (Proverbs 22:13 NIV). When he runs out of credible excuses he goes for ridiculous ones. He ‘…will not plough by reason of the cold…’ (Proverbs 20:4). ‘You want me to get sick, going to work in this weather?’ Or if it’s warm, ‘It’s way too nice for work!’ Whatever your work, do it conscientiously. Don’t let laziness rob you of success.
Succeeding on the job (2)
‘Go to the ant…consider its ways and be wise.’ Proverbs 6:6
When it comes to having a work ethic, ‘Go to the ant, consider its ways and be wise.’ These tiny giants of industry teach us valuable principles for living.
Observe three things about them:
1) The ant ‘…has no commander, no overseer or ruler’ (Proverbs 6:7 NIV). Nobody has to get it out of bed in the morning or coax it to get moving. Nobody supervises its work or enforces quality standards on it. Nobody needs to micromanage its time on the job or make sure it starts punctually, puts in a full day, pulls its weight and doesn’t quit early. It’s self-motivated and driven by its own high standards, not by rules, regulations or the fear of being fired.
2) It ‘…stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest’ (Proverbs 6:8 NIV). While everybody else is complaining about the heat (the weather, the economy, politics, etc.), the hard-working ant just keeps preparing for the future. Later, in the more moderate temperatures of harvest time, it continues gathering. Disregarding the conditions, it works. Then while others are struggling to survive it feasts on the fruit of its labour. ‘Watch and learn,’ is God’s counsel.
3) The ant is no haphazard, disorganised drifter wandering around aimlessly, looking for something to do. He knows exactly what he’s there for and where and how to do it. He’s goal-directed, focused, determined and unstoppable. You can’t keep a good ant down! ‘Consider…and be wise.’ ‘But my job’s a dead end,’ you say. As long as you’re in this job do it ‘…heartily, as to the Lord…’ (Colossians 3:23). Prove yourself where you are and God will promote you to better things.
Succeeding on the job (3)
‘The wicked…earns deceptive wages…’ Proverbs 11:18
If you want to succeed in life practice honesty!
One poll cited by Paul Harvey stated that 40% of workers admitted stealing on the job, and 20% felt justified! Their rationalising includes: ‘Everybody’s doing it, why shouldn’t I?’ ‘The boss can afford it, he won’t miss it.’ ‘It’s only small stuff, it won’t make any difference.’ ‘The company owes me, I’m just taking what’s mine.’ ‘I deserve it, I’ve worked hard and never been acknowledged.’
What does God’s Word say about this?
‘The wicked…earns deceptive wages.’ God says deceiving your employer by stealing time and materials, or delivering an inferior product and service, is ‘wicked.’ That’s strong language! Of all people, employers and customers should be able to trust followers of Christ to be honest, work for their wages and provide the highest quality service.
And for the record, it’s not smart to steal, even if you don’t get caught. ‘Ill-gotten gains do not profit…’ (Proverbs 10:2 NAS). You may take it but you won’t benefit by it. ‘Wealth obtained by fraud dwindles…’ (Proverbs 13:11 NAS). You can’t do the wrong thing and get the right result. Not only will you have trouble, you’ll bring trouble on those who love and need you most. ‘He who profits illicitly troubles his own house…’ (Proverbs 15:27 NAS). The job loss, damaged reputation, humiliation, legal costs and consequences are a ‘bill’ the whole family pays for, often ending in shame and divorce and affecting several generations. Your spouse deserves an honest partner. Your children deserve a role model they can emulate; confident the path you walk is safe for them to follow.
Something worth thinking about, huh?