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Work work work work work!

It’s easy to work for money. It’s easy to work for prestige. It’s easy to work for power. Those are typical reasons that a lot of people work, right?

You know what doesn’t seem as easy? Working for God.

It’s not that you don’t want to, it’s just that it’s not, easy. Who wants to be the first in and last out? Who wants to constantly keep their mouth in check? Who wants to serve those they supervise? On a good day, a few people do. On a bad day, no one probably.

But God doesn’t call us to be fair weather employees anymore than He calls us to be fair weather Christians. So what do you do?

You work as unto the LORD, whether it’s easy or hard. You work for God whether you feel like it or not. You work for God no matter what, because in essence, your work for Him is all that matters.

Colossians 3:23 Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.

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He Shows Up and Shows Out

God really is good. He really is in the blessing business.

I think of how many days I spent in prayer for a job after relocating. I think about the frustration and the waiting period that seemed unending. And then I think about all the moments God told me to give it to Him. He’s got it.

I think about how He provided in the meantime. Bills were paid, food was on the table (yeah, we’ve gained the newlywed weight), and we really haven’t gone without anything. And all I could hear was God saying, “I got it. Let me show out for My glory and your benefit. Don’t stress. Just make the effort, and I’ll do the rest.”

And once I finally let it go, and let God do what He does best, He showed up and showed out. Just like He always does. I went from a part-time after school job, to two full-time job offers with great non-profit organizations in a matter of weeks.

I’m no resume, interview guru. But I don’t have to be, because God is God. He was working all this time. At just the right time, He provided something part-time to open the door for a full-time opportunity. And because I promised God with every opportunity He provided for me, I was going to be sure to tell people about it, I had to post this.

God really is good. It doesn’t matter if you believe in Him or not. He’s still good. And the fact that He is giving you life knowing that you don’t believe in Him is even more evidence of His love and goodness.

When it seems like I have nothing going on, God is up to something. And when I step down, He steps up. And when He steps up, He shows up and shows out, every time.

Psalm 90:17 And may the Lord our God show us his approval and make our efforts successful. Yes, make our efforts successful!

 

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Laziness

Laziness has to be one of the most annoying traits a person can have. I have witnessed it firsthand and I have to admit, it turns my stomach upside down. I hate it! I hate the lack of effort people give. Ugh!

The thing about laziness is that it can take as much work as it does to do the actual task. I’ve seen people make so much effort to get out of doing a simple task that they could have done three times over while they were complaining about it. The task could have already been completed. After all, if you do it, it will be done.

Laziness frustrates me more than it does the lazy person. And the annoying thing is that they don’t care. They don’t care who has to pick up their slack. They don’t care that it’s a horrible trait. They don’t care, period.

The generations coming up have adopted this trait, and sadly I think it’s becoming more and more contagious. I just don’t get it. It’s foolishness to me. Why make so much effort to be effortless?

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Give Me

I really want God to give me everything. I don’t want to try. I don’t want to struggle. I want everything made easy for me. Give me, Lord. Give me!

In prayer the other day God showed me that all I do is request that He strengthen me the way I want Him to do it. What’s wrong with that? First off, that doesn’t show true submission on my part. Secondly, the problem is that when He gives me a situation to grow from, I just want Him to make it go away.

I don’t want to open up and get close to people because I’m afraid I’ll experience loss. I want to be a light, but I don’t want to be in dark places. I want it, but I don’t want to go through what it takes to get it.

I want God to give me the faith without me having to go through a time when I need to exercise it. Give me the comfort without me having to be tested. Give me the tools I need without actually having to practice using them. In other words, give me the success story without the story part God.

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Try to Triumph

I have been filed with a happiness today and the only thing I have noticed that’s so different is that I’ve tried.

The problem with being a perfectionist is that you don’t try. If  you don’t know that you’re going to be 100% successful you don’t try at all. You’re either going to be successful or you’re going to be nothing. And it is a hideous reflection that I have seen in myself today.

I applied today and I tried. I worked out today and I tried. I wrote a letter today and I tried to express my feelings and emotions.

The beautiful fact is that God can turn try into triumph anytime. But if I don’t try there’s nothing to create from it.

I simply tried today. Failure is likely. But so is triumph. But I had to try. I had to attempt something. I had to try something, I had to give it my best effort, I had to put my best foot forward, I had to at least try. God can work with try. He can work with anything, but He can especially work with trying. If I don’t try, what comes from that?

It takes try to triumph. And I am much more likely to succeed by trying than I am by doing nothing. My day has been much brighter and the only thing I can truly say that has made a difference is the fact that I have tried.

If I only attempt things that I am going to be successful at, then that doesn’t leave much room to have faith. If I am not attempting anything that requires my faith to grow I am at a standstill in my relationship with God. And if I am at a standstill that means I am declining in my relationship with Him. I don’t have time or room for a decline.

My prayer is that whatever I do, whatever I am trying at, is exactly what God wants me to do because God turns my try into triumph not me. The difference in my day today is that I tried. And if I failed, I failed trying.

Sometimes it takes failure to have faith and trying to triumph. And if all God wants me to do is put an effort towards some things that He can turn around, then that’s all I should do. In the end, I’m still getting the better end of the bargain.

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Revisit and Revise

Wouldn’t it be nice if we could go back and undo all those really stupid things we’ve done? I can’t imagine how different my life would be if I didn’t suffer for the idiocracy of my mistakes.

My friend said something really interesting to me last night. She said revisit and revise. For some reason it really stuck with me. It’s absolutely brilliant to me. Revisit that mistake and revise your decision. How simple is that?

I wish I could go back and fix my mess. And it sometimes seems unfortunate that we can’t just go back in time and revise those mistakes. But I am aware that we would be surprised at how many times the same opportunity, situation, or scenario presents itself. Then, we have the chance to respond correctly.

I can’t fix my first bad response. But when the same issue faces me, I can revisit last time’s failure, and revise this time’s effort. It’s genius, because when I think about it, I can always revisit and revise. All it takes is a little more readiness to do so.

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You Owe It

You owe it to people. You owe it to people. You owe it to people. You owe it to God, which is always first and foremost. God has invested in you. He has given you the abilities, gifts, and talents that you have to put towards a good work for Him. You first and foremost always owe it to God. Period.

I owe it to God to honor Him by working hard using the gifts that He has given me to use. I owe to God to write even when I don’t feel like it because He has given me that ability. I owe it to God to help others because He has given me that ability. I owe it to God to share my story sometimes, even when I don’t feel like it. Even when I’m embarrassed by it because that’s what He has brought me through to encourage others.

Sometimes you feel like, whatever. You might know you owe to God but may not feel like you owe it to yourself. And when you don’t feel like you owe it to yourself, secondly you have to remember you owe it to other people. Other people have invested in you. Other people have shared with you. Other people have taken time out for you.

Sometimes you don’t feel like going to work, sometimes you don’t feel like writing, sometimes you don’t feel like exercising. Sometimes you don’t want to volunteer, sometimes you don’t want to be there, but at those times you have to remember that you owe it to God and you owe to others.

Somebody went to work so that they could invest in you. Somebody only had an hour of free time that they spent listening to you, sharing with you, being there, supporting you. You owe it to them. you have to remember even when you don’t feel like it that somebody else didn’t either. But they did invest in you, they did give to you, they went above and beyond and worked so that they could invest in you one day.

You owe it to God to always be as great as you can be. You owe it to others for the sacrifices that they’ve made for you. So when you don’t feel like getting up early, when you don’t feel like reading, when you don’t feel like writing, when you don’t feel like volunteering, you have to understand that you owe it to somebody else, even if you don’t feel like you owe it to yourself.

And if you feel like that’s not enough reason to get you going, then maybe they made a bad investment.

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