The road may not be all fun and games


How is your day going? Is everyday fun and games at work? Are you finding that the path may take you places that sometimes feel tedious? Same things day after day? Not sure how it will change? Not sure if it will change? Wondering what’s going to happen next? Are you doing what you are supposed to be doing? Are you being obedient? If so, then as I like to put it, “Do your best and let God take care of the rest!” When we have our priorities in order, we can know and trust God will take care of everything! We hear that when we read “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness” stay aligned and obedient and then “and all these things will be added to you.

Today’s reading kicks off with what may have felt like a tedious effort to be undergoing…

5Thus Isaac sent Jacob away. And he went to Paddan-aram, to Laban, the son of Bethuel the Aramean, the brother of Rebekah, Jacob’s and Esau’s mother.

–from Genesis 28

When we are walking out what God has called us to know, we can know and trust Him! Don’t give up on the journey! You may not see it, but we need to grab a hold of the truth that when we are doing what God has called us to do, He is in it, He will never leave us nor abandon us! Do you realize where you are standing? Do you realize where you are sitting? Do you realize where you are has a purpose?

Today’s reading continues with …

10Jacob left Beersheba and went toward Haran. 11And he came to a certain place and stayed there that night, because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones of the place, he put it under his head and lay down in that place to sleep.

–from Genesis 28

Consider what your work provides… What does it provide you? What does it provide those you get to work with? What does it provide your family? What does it provide others? Coming out of the thanksgiving weekend, aren’t you thankful for it? You may not think it is the end all and be all, but aren’t you thank for it? Don’t you get to talk and meet some great people? Don’t you get to be a light for God in this world through it? Don’t you get to learn and experience new things that will help you develop into all that God desires for you to be in and through it? Is there anything you can do differently that would make it better? Is there anything about your view, your perspective, your sensitivity that would allow you to see and know where you are at and then be able to walk out what your purpose and your calling is in and at this point and place in time?

If you checkout the rest of Genesis 28, you realize that the “normal” place that didn’t seem like much at the time was really a place that was more than he knew. It wasn’t just desert, it was the promised land! So don’t miss out because of your own attitude and behavior on what God has planned for you! You aren’t an accident! You were created on purpose for a purpose with a purpose! So consider today! Be receptive to God’s prompting! And shine your light that others may see it and glorify Your Father in Heaven because of the fruit you are bearing and sharing with them! Let’s live today with purpose realizing that God is working and through everything we experience! People are watching to see how we respond to see if we are for real! In our weakness, God’s strength is revealed! (But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.)

Today’s devotional is day 3 from God at Work! The devotional speaks to these verses as follows:

When the Road is Tedious

Day after day, walking in the hot sun, doing what God commanded, feeling the weight of obedience, thinking God was very far away, Jacob was ready for another lesson: God is at work even when the place I find myself in is wearisome. As he fell asleep in the wilderness atmosphere, and the weariness he felt, I’m sure Jacob didn’t realize God had guided his very steps to the exact place where his grandfather had worshiped. It’s amazing. Psalm 37:23 says, “The steps of a good man are established by the Lord.” Jacob didn’t know it, but God was ordering his journey.

How many times in our lives do we face some tedious regularity and think to ourselves, “Well, God’s not in this.” Jacob stretched out in that field. No obvious clues God was anywhere in that boring neighborhood. And yet God was very much there.

What tedium are you facing in your life and trying to figure out where God is? I talked to a man I respect this week and asked, “How’s it going at work?”

He said, “You know, James, my job provides for my family and it gives me an opportunity to serve God. I don’t love my job, but I’m thankful for it.”

Man, is he ever right on. Do you know God is in that place where you work? Even if it seems so regular, He’s right there!

Prayer: Father, sometimes I wonder about the value of a particular day. Did You work through me? I realize these questions are sometimes the mistake of insisting on seeing results, but I also want to make sure that I’m not slipping into a casual and careless life that isn’t attentive to You. Lord, please remind me how You demonstrate Your power by working in the weakest, tedious places in my life—for Your glory. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

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Going through some tough times at work?


Did you know that just because you choose to follow God doesn’t mean it’s going to be easy street? Consider it pure joy throughout the journey! The new testament even tells us in two different verses that we will have challenges and trials:

I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” –from John 16:33

2Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, 3for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. 4And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. –from James 1

The road may seem rough or the path may seem tough, but God can work in and through that! He can work not only in your life but also through generations! We aren’t called to be average or ordinary, God’s desire is for us to live special, above average, and extraordinary lives!

Today’s Reading speaks to just such a person who was called to a higher calling:

 1Then Isaac called Jacob and blessed him and directed him, “You must not take a wife from the Canaanite women. 2Arise, go to Paddan-aram to the house of Bethuel your mother’s father, and take as your wife from there one of the daughters of Laban your mother’s brother. 3God Almighty bless you and make you fruitful and multiply you, that you may become a company of peoples.

–from Genesis 28

God can use your parents to speak life and wisdom into your life! God can use them to speak direction because you are special and God’s purpose for you is unique! Greater than we may ever know in our own lifetime!

As we learned yesterday, we need to Trust God! As He works in and through our lives, we need to walk with Him and trust that He will work it all out for good as His Word promises when it says as part of His plan!

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

— from Jeremiah 29:11

And when He speaks of how he will reward those who seek Him

And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.

–from Hebrews 11:6

So will you trust Him? Will you seek Him? Will you follow Him?

Today’s Devotional comes from day 2 of God at Work and speaks to this subject as follows:

 

God at Work

God is at work even when the path is tough. The first point to make when we look at the story of any person in the Bible is: God is at work. The Bible is His Word and it’s a record of His work! Oh yeah, God is always at work. That’s what Jacob was learning when we catch up with him in Genesis 28. Notice verse 1.Well, you remember Isaac, right? Abraham, Isaac, Jacob—the father, son, and grandson God used to start a new nation. Isaac told his son, “You must not take a wife from the Canaanite women.”

God sovereignly appointed Jacob, though born second, to get the birthright and the firstborn’s blessing, through whom all the descendants of the nation of Israel would be built. Jacob eventually had twelve sons who fathered the twelve tribes of Israel.

It’s not surprising then that God didn’t want him to have any ordinary random wife. God wanted him to have a treasure, a wife to value and love. So, Isaac sent his son on a road trip. In Genesis 28:2 he must have thought, “Hey, that place was good enough for your grandfather to find a wife, that place was good enough for me, it’s good enough for you. Get over there and get yourself a wife.”

God is working in your life. Deal with it. Trust Him. Always leave room for Him to direct. And when the road gets rough, thank Him for being with you!

Prayer: Father, I realize that You have often steered my life through the counsel and even the commands of others. I appreciate that behind my parents and others in authority in my life, you have often demonstrated control so that afterwards I saw that their directions to me were actually Your directions! I look forward to eternity partly to be able to see all the ways You were working that I never even noticed. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

–from God at Work from James MacDonald (day 2)

Do you need to see it to believe it?


What if those around you won’t believe until they see it? What if they can’t take your word for it but need some real evidence before they believe? What if they can’t trust you because they can’t see it? What if they can’t trust you until they can see evidence of it in and through you? Are you living a life that shows evidence? Are you living a life where you are putting your trust in Him? Is there anything special or different about how you live that would be evidence? Is there anything special in the way you speak, the way you act, the way you engage that is pointing other to your Heavenly Father?

Today’s reading says this…

5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. 6In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

–from Proverbs 3

Let’s take this verse apart and see what we can learn.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart

  • It’s not all about you! Just because we have been hurt and feel like the only one we can depend on is ourselves, we need to realize the lie and how that is just a way to try and rob the joy and truth from us! We need to unlearn that lesson so that we can trust in God and live the life He created us and is calling us to live! It’s may not be easy and probably means we need to work at it each and every day!
  • Not sure how? Cry out to God! Use your words and your mind to connect with Him! It’s not about routine or rituals, it’s about a living relationship with Him! So pray without ceasing! Talk to Him throughout the day (verbally or in your head – He can hear you either way)! When we talk to him, He hears us! Trust in God!
  • Run from evil! Resist the temptations! Don’t let the things of the world clutter up your mind and keep you from receiving and living out all that God has for you! In the Bible, you may read about this in terms like desires of the flesh, the lusts of the eyes, and the pride of life! Don’t try to live like you know it all! Ever heard the more you know, the more you know you don’t know? You might know a lot, but God knows it all! Are there bad influences in your life that are trying to take you down the wrong path(s)? Replace it by pursuing after God’s Ways! Pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace, and a pure heart! Evil may tempt you and it may feel good a little while, but in the long run, it will just bring pain, suffering, bondage, chains (even if only invisible)! Trust in God!
  • I’ve said this in other posts, but getting our priorities straight is key! When I went through the exercise in trying to straighten out my life, what I had to do was put God first! Putting God first and letting Him take care of the rest is Biblical! If we put Him first then we will see needs around us, we will allow our hearts to be sensitive to His prompting to do something for that person on the corner, for that person in the office who looks distraught, for that person you pass on the street who looks to be having a rough day, for someone other than yourself! And those actions and activities will help to build up your hope and trust! Consider what Jesus came and did for us! How will you allow your finances to show you trust Him? Will you give Him a tithe? Yes, really, will you give him 10% and trust Him to bless you with 90%? Do you realize how big this is? Do you realize what He can do if He knows He can trust you to be a good steward? Proverbs 3 says something else around trust in verses 9-10:
    • Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce; 10 then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine.
  • When we live giving Him the first 10%, the best 10%, it shows we really do trust Him!
  • But don’t just be going through the checklist or the motions! We need to be doing it out of love and trust in Him! Consider your heart and your mind against what God’s measuring stick is! Consider yourself not better than you are, but aligned against God’s Word! Let’s not be about excuses, but rather let’s be about seeking truth! We need to be in a constant walk with Jesus, because honestly in our own strength, we couldn’t do it! The 10 commandments aren’t here to help us get God’s approval, they are for us to realize we need a savior! The good news is that Jesus is our savior! He came the sinless lamb of God and gave His life that we could be saved and reconciled to God! We will be able to get into heaven, not because we are all that and a bag of candy, but rather because we are following after Jesus and asking Him to be our source and our guide! Jesus calls us to be above average and to that we need to trust Him even more! The 10 commandments are average and if we don’t try to do better then we will find in society that the average will start going down! If we start to head the wrong, we need to have a way to be held accountable! We need to stand up! We need to stand firm! When we are being tempted or tested, we need to stand firm and put on the full armor of God! We need to resist the devil and he will flee! We need to be comparing ourselves against truth, not a wishy washy truth, but a truth that never changes, and that comes from God’s Word! We need to receive the correction and the discipline of God to help us stay aligned! We need to hide God’s Word in our hearts and mind so that when the trickster, the tempter tries to deceive us we can stand up and stand firm and resist his lies!
  • I like to put it this way… listen to the quiet voice that prompts you to do right! I have had one experience where I heard the loud booming voice and don’t recommend you keep going till you hear it! I recommend when the voice of the Holy Spirit (the still quiet voice) prompts you to do something that you walk in alignment and obedience to God’s Word and the Spirit’s prompting! When you here “psst … do …” (which is in alignment to God’s Word) you should do it! I have gotten better, but not perfect this yet! Be it, “see that person over there, go ask them how are they are doing, go ask them if they are ok, …” Rather than sluffing it off and needing a 2×4 type of memo or a loud booming voice that says “you will be … or you will be nothing!” Do you trust Him? Then do what He asks! Do you trust Him? Then don’t wait for the big loud booming voice and miss out the incredible blessings He is setting up to do in and through you! Do you trust Him? Then live a life that will demonstrate to others that you do! I remember another time when I was to go out and find someone on the street and take them out for dinner! I went and found nobody, and then on my way back to the hotel, I walked passed a man and made it to the stop light where I heard that still quiet voice say “really, you walked right past that man” so I went back and talked to him and he declined saying there were a bunch of people who were more needy than him and then said God bless and let me go! I went to the hotel, dropped off my bags and stuff and then went out again on the search. The man was gone! To this day, I feel he was an angel to make sure I was really going to go through with it! I did find a gentlemen and took him out for a steak dinner! That evening in France, God allowed me to hear this man’s story and to speak hope and life into his life through first feeding his stomach and then filling his heart and mind with love and hope! The Holy Spirit moved that day in a way that just continued to build up my trust in God!
  • Every day will have enough stresses and pressures for us to worry about! We don’t need to be worrying about tomorrow! We need to just rest in God’s love! God cares! If it is big enough for you to care about it, then God cares about it too! So allow Him to lighten the load and give it up to Him! God doesn’t leave us or abandon us! He doesn’t want us to have to fend for ourselves! So cast your cares on Him because He cares for you! God will help us get through them! He will build up our trust! He will strengthen us through each experience! I know when I learned the power of forgiveness, it transformed me! It made it so that rather than looking back at what ifs, I now am looking forward to what’s next! It’s not an easy process, however, God will prove Himself trustworthy!

The rest of the verses speaks some wisdom into the situation!

…do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

It speaks to the benefits and the results and the outcome of walking in alignment with Him! We don’t have all the answers, so we need to go to the one who does! When we acknowledge Him before men and women, He will acknowledge us before the heavenly Father! When we walk in alignment and in trust with Him, we may make some plans, but He will guide our steps!

Today’s Devotion titled “God at Work” (day 1) speaks into this verse in the following way:

Trust the Lord in Everything

On most days, if you spend time with me, at some point you will hear me say, “I trust the Lord in everything.” I’m reminding myself that part of loving God with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength gets down to the very practical matter of trusting Him constantly, continuously, and consciously. Like, every day, all day. I’m practicing the discipline required to not lean on my own understanding and to actively acknowledge the Lord in all my ways.

Now, the opening phrase of Proverbs 3:5 is “Trust in the LORD.” The most important word in that phrase is not trust (even though it’s the verb). The crucial, weighty word in both those phrases is LORD. You see, if I’m trying to have a robust and powerful trust in a tiny, pretty much unable and weak God who needs to be pumped up by my trust, I’ve got nothing. But even if the best I can muster up is a mustard seed of trust and faith in the awesome (the only truly correct use for this adjective) God of the universe, then I’ve got something going on!

Trusting the Lord isn’t hard as long as you are scoped into the Lord you trust. When the concern shifts to trying to measure the power, strength, or endurance of your trust itself, you’re already in trouble. But when your attention is daily turned to Him, seeking to know Him better and better, eager to worship Him and be with others who want to worship Him, trusting becomes part of the response.

I trust the Lord in everything. I know that trust isn’t much on its own some days. But that’s OK—because I’m trusting the LORD in everything. And that’s who really matters!

Prayer: Father, I trust You in everything! Help me in those times when I notice just how weak and insignificant my trust is! I welcome You into every corner of my life, Lord, so that no matter where I am and what I am doing, behind it all I am trusting You in everything. In Jesus’ trustworthy name, Amen.

–from God at Work from James MacDonald

 

 

Do you realize the importance of rest


in fulfillment at work? Are you trying to get it all done in your own strength?

Ever realized that without taking time to rest you end up putting yourself in an unhealthy position? Ever realized that without taking time to rest you can burn out or become impatient or allow frustration to take hold because your fuse is being shortened?

Today’s reading starts in Exodus on this subject…

8 “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, 10but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates.

–from Exodus 20

How are you doing in this area? I know personally it is probably one of my biggest struggles because work is so busy, family is so busy, church is so busy, … but God says it is important so we need to take this seriously! Not only for you but for everyone else around you too.

Not sure where to go or where to turn in order to find rest? Jesus is the answer! He speaks to us today in today’s reading this way…

28Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

–from Matthew 11

When about it His way and partner with Him, He helps to make it easier! When each day we partner with Jesus in our everyday and busy life, He provides us rest in and through it all! When we partner with Jesus (yoke together) we are able to find rest in our soul! When we partner with Jesus we will find that His yoke is easy and His burden is light! So don’t try to do it alone! Don’t try to make it through life with the yoke of the world on your shoulders! Trade it up to put on the one God gives you!

So let’s purpose to take time to rest! Today’s reading continues into Hebrews where it says…

11Let us therefore strive to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by the same sort of disobedience.

–from Hebrews 4

By aligning to God’s Word which is alive and active so that we can receive wisdom and direction and correction! God’s Word is “sharper than a two edged sword piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” Nothing is hidden from God’s eyes! He sees where we are at and loves us too much to leave us there! He sees what we are going through and wants us to turn to Him and receive His love, His mercy, and His grace.

So will you take time this week to rest? Will you take time after your busy week to rest? Will you permit yourself to rest? Will you allow others to rest as well? Let’s consider the last part of today’s reading where we read…

2And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done.

–from Genesis 2

We have all been given free will! Will we choose to try and go it alone and work ourselves to death? Will we choose to connect with Jesus and allow His yoke to be put on us? The choice is yours so choose wisely! Faith without works is dead! But work isn’t to be the driving force!


Today’s devotional concludes this 6 day devotional titled Finding Fulfillment in Work. It speaks into today’s readings this way…

Finding Rest

Man was created by God for work. For the Christian, life without work is meaningless; but work must never become the meaning of one’s life.

Finding fulfillment in the work God created us to do requires that we take a break.

Work is one of the primary means by which we fulfill our true purpose: to glorify God, serve the common good, and further God’s kingdom. God reminds us of this on the seventh day of creation.

God worked for six days, and then he rested – not because he was tired but because he had “completed his work.” God teaches us that work is not an end in and of itself. This is why he instituted the Sabbath. In Deuteronomy 20:8-11, God repeats this idea again in the Ten Commandments when he says to remember the Sabbath and keep it holy.

Today culture views work as an end. Work supplies our identity and gives meaning to our lives by maximizing success and money through our labor. Our work is never finished, and the constant drive to prove ourselves destroys our ability to find rest. We can’t sit still and unplug. This drive also inhibits our ability to find fulfillment in our work.

This distortion of work’s purpose cripples our chances of finding true joy and fulfillment in our work. It also hinders and distracts us from worshipping God. When divorced from God, all work degenerates into pure self-centered ambition.

The only thing that will silence the condemning voices driving so many of us to the brink of exhaustion is the biblical discipline of Sabbath rest.

Correctly practicing the Sabbath brings about a new spiritual understanding of both work and the whole of our lives. The purpose of the Sabbath is not rejuvenation in order to be more productive. Nor is it only the pursuit of pleasure.

Instead, the purpose of Sabbath is to enjoy:

  • God
  • Joyful worship with God’s people
  • God’s glorious creation
  • Time with family
  • Life in general
  • Your accomplishments, achieved through God’s help
  • The freedom found in the gospel, freedom from slavery to any material object or human expectation

The Sabbath is a time to unplug from our vocational work. The author of Hebrews writes that we have to labor diligently to enter God’s rest. We have to work hard at disconnecting from what we do the other six days and really enjoy the release and peace that God has designed for us on this holy day. Sabbath keeping has to be intentional.

Setting aside one day in seven to observe the Sabbath will begin to change the way we see our work and what it can and cannot accomplish.

We should love the vocational work God has given us so much that he makes us take off a day every week. Let Sabbath rest rejuvenate you and your work.

–from Finding Fulfillment in Work (Day 6)

 

Contentment!


Can you be happy? Can you be satisfied? Can you be at peace? Do you find pleasure in your work? Do you find fulfillment in your work? Can you be content no matter what is going on around you? Can you stand firm? or will you be swayed by the winds of the time? Can you be content no matter what is going on?

Today’s reading starts on this topic…

12I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need.

–from Philippians 4:12

Do you know what the key is? Do you know the source of making this possible? It’s called out verse 13 when it says “I can do all things through him who strengthens me.“.

When your source is bigger than you, it makes the smaller things small in comparison and allows you to be and remain content!

Do you realize the difference between contentment and complacency?

Contentment

Complacency

contentment complacency

Do you remember in a previous set of posts that spoke about the gifts and talents and how we need to be good stewards? Do you remember the one guy who just put his talent in the dirt so that he wouldn’t lose it? He allowed fear to keep him from fulfilling his calling and ended up being considered lazy!

God has given you talents in accordance to your abilities! His desire is for us (as we read in Genesis) is to be fruitful and multiply!

So be a good steward and use them to your full potential!

Today’s reading goes and revisits the parable of the talents told by Jesus so let’s consider what we have been given and how we can be good stewards of those gifts and talents in order to get to hear “well done my good and faithful servant”…

14 “For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted to them his property. 15To one he gave five talents,to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. 16He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more. 17So also he who had the two talents made two talents more. 18But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master’s money. 19Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. 20And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me five talents; here I have made five talents more.’ 21His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant.You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 22And he also who had the two talents came forward, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me two talents; here I have made two talents more.’ 23His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 24He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed, 25so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours.’ 26But his master answered him, ‘You wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sown and gather where I scattered no seed? 27Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest. 28So take the talent from him and give it to him who has the ten talents. 29For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. 30And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

–from Matthew 25

Consider the talents you have! Consider the gifts you have been given!

So will you accept Jesus and receive the transforming power of His love into your heart?

Will you allow Him to be your Lord and Savior? For He will be your strength! He will be your way – for all things are possible through Him!

Today’s devotional (day 5 from Finding Fulfillment in Work) talks to the subject as follows:

Finding Contentment

What does it mean to be content in your work? In seasons of prosperity, it’s much easier to be content than in seasons of dryness, despair, doubt, and wandering. Although, many people may find the perfect job and still find themselves wanting more. Finding fulfillment in difficult seasons often begins with being content where God has us. It’s important to remember, however, that contentment is not complacency.

In the parable of the talents, a master issues talents (a large sum of money) each to three servants according to their abilities. The servant who receives one talent is afraid to risk that which is given to him by the master, so he does not put his resources to work. The master rebukes him for his laziness.

In this parable, the lazy servant neglects the desires of the master to grow his investment. The servant’s satisfaction with one talent leads him to mismanage his resources. Contentment of this kind can also look like complacency, laziness, or idleness. Faithfully stewarding the gifts God has given us should always motivate us to create as much value as possible to his glory.

In Philippians, the Apostle Paul shares about contentment in a different light. His secret to finding contentment in any situation is to strive to do what God has called him to do. Real contentment is not being satisfied with what we have or where we are in life. It transcends any one situation or job. It is working diligently to glorify God, serve the common good, and further the kingdom of God in everything we do.

A heavenly perspective changes the way we look at our work. With this perspective, it’s possible to find fulfillment in a job that isn’t a perfect fit. Recognizing that you can honor God, work diligently, and serve others no matter what you are doing frees you to look for God’s redemptive story in your life in every season.

Seasons of unemployment or underemployment can make it difficult to feel truly fulfilled. It’s important to remember that fulfillment and satisfaction can come in any job with the right heart and mind focused on God.

Pursuing a God-pleasing posture at work with the help of the Holy Spirit can powerfully change your heart and mind and in turn, change the way you view your work.

Are you content in your job? Are you using your gifts and talents to the best of your ability?

–from day 5 from Finding Fulfillment in Work

Let’s be thankful today for the gifts and talents God has given us!

Let’s be thankful today for all the people He has brought into our lives!

Let’s be thankful today that God send Jesus not to condemn the world, but to save it!

Let’s be thankful today that God opens doors of opportunity we would never have known about but that He has prepared in advance for us to walk through in order for us to accomplish His will!

Let’s be thankful today for the favor of God!

Happy Thanksgiving!