You think your job stinks

We are approaching Labor Day weekend. You might not feel much like celebrating because you feel that you are in a job that sucks? Do you ever feel overworked, over-regulated, under-leisured, under-benefited? If so, it could be worse. This notice was found in the ruins of a London office building. It was dated 1852.

1. This firm has reduced the hours of work, and the clerical staff will now only have to be present between the hours of 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. weekdays.

2. Clothing must be of a sober nature. The clerical staff will not disport themselves in raiment of bright colors, nor will they wear hose unless in good repair.

3. Overshoes and topcoats may not be worn in the office, but neck scarves and headwear may be worn in inclement weather.

4. A stove is provided for the benefit of the clerical staff. Coal and wood must be kept in the locker. It is recommended that each member of the clerical staff bring four pounds of coal each day during the cold weather.

5. No member of the clerical staff may leave the room without permission from the supervisor.

6. No talking is allowed during business hours.

7. The craving for tobacco, wine, or spirits is a human weakness, and as such is forbidden to all members of the clerical staff.

8. Now that the hours of business have been drastically reduced, the partaking of food is allowed between 11:30 and noon, but work will not on any account cease.

9. Members of the clerical staff will provide their own pens. A new sharpener is available on application to the supervisor.

10. The supervisor will nominate a senior clerk to be responsible for the cleanliness of the main office and the private office. All boys and juniors will report to him 40 minutes before prayers and will remain after closing hours for similar work. Brushes, brooms, scrubber, and soap are provided by the owners.

11. The owners recognize the generosity of the new labor laws, but will expect a great rise in output of work to compensate for these near Utopian conditions.

“Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thess 5:18) Even for jobs that suck. It could be much worse.

Comfort-Driven or Eternity-Driven?

“We live in a very comfortable and fun culture, and everything, it seem is about pleasure. It’s hard not to get caught up in that. But when you live in a way that is driven by God’s Spirit, you don’t ever want to go back to the easy and comfortable. People need to experience Spirit-empowered living so that during those times when they do feel lazy, they’ll remember they have tasted and seen that He is good.

My mother died when I was born. My father died when I was just twelve. God had a plan for me from the day he created me. He wanted me to live with an eternal perspective, so he had me deal with death at an early age. This set me on a path of living for eternity by making the most of today. He showed me that I am not guaranteed tomorrow—nor is anyone around me. And that allowed me to see beyond much of the comfort-driven desires that press all around us and, instead, ask God’s Spirit to direct my life. The death of my parents caused me to live by faith and expect that God would answer my prayers. And every time he has, it just made my faith even stronger for the next time.

It’s weird how many people don’t live by faith. I realize that others may not have had to live on their own, and may have had family support, and may not have had to depend solely on God. Maybe they haven’t had the opportunity to live by faith and see God answer their prayers. From an early age it was ingrained in me that it is not about our time on earth. We should spend our time for eternity and set ourselves up not for this life but for the future. God wants us to be actively pursuing him now and for eternity.”

Francis Chan in “Unleashed, the church turning the world upside down”

What have you been looking for?

This will be short sweet and to the point but it contains what is perhaps the most important discovery in life. We live in a restless world that is endlessly searching for happiness. We devote ourselves to things like possessions thinking that our stuff will bring us that elusive thrill. Others look to experience hoping that the next one will be the best one and the one that brings that much sought after high. For still others it’s popularity or power or prestige. All of them leave us wanting something more.

How about finding the answer once and for all? Click on this link and listen to the subject “God’s Plan For Your Life.” http://relaxedchurch.com/wmspage.cfm?parm1=57. I think you will be glad you did. Then share it with someone you really care about who is looking for the same thing you are seeking.

And hey, let me know if you would like to discuss anything you heard.

By the way, that’s me doing the talking.

Stressbusters

Stress is a recurring visitor to most of us. It shows up in a number of different forms, none of which are attractive or inviting. For example it might reveal itself in a hot temper, overeating, loss of sleep, depression, addictive tendencies, or abusive behavior.

For me stress often incarnates itself in the form of twitches. That’s right twitches. A twitch is “the contraction of small muscle units.” Sometimes they are voluntary while other times uninvited. Since I was a child I have had reoccurring periods of twitching. Don’t get alarmed, I won’t embarrass you in public and I am much better than I used to be. They used to come in the form of neck, eyes and mouth irritations. Now they are more in the form of neck tension or hand irritations. I also like to call them stress points.

Now let’s be honest, no matter what you want to call them, my guess is that most of us have some sort of stress point irritation or even twitch tendencies. We live in a world that has a way of stressing us out all the time, unless we find a relief or cure for the “ailment.” Which, I would like to announce to you that I have, at least one that works for me. Why else would I bring up the subject?

I really discovered the cure about a week ago while jogging. Since then I have used it in a number of settings and it has worked every time. The results were immediate; at least they were in my case. Here’s how it works. I focus on a four word promise or truth from the Bible and I repeated it over and over in my mind. After I have focused on one for a while I move on to another four word phrase and do the same repetition process and continue as long as I need to in order to find relief. Here are some examples of phrases. The sky is the limit or the Bible is the limit.

He gives me strength.

He is my strength.

I rest in him.

He meets my needs.

He loves me so.

He died for me.

He restores my soul.

I love Him so.

I give my all.

I trust in you.

He forgives my sins.

He lifts on wings.

You are my Lord.

As I said there is no limit to the four word phrases that are found in Bible truth. The neat part is that every person can focus on the phrase that helps address and overcome their particular stress point.

I guess, in a lot of ways, what I am talking about is the ancient practice of meditation. According to Wikipedia, meditation is, “any of a family of practices in which the practitioner trains his or her mind or self-induces a mode of consciousness in order to realize some benefit.” Meditation is the practice of training our mind to focus on a particular phrase or truth for the benefit it brings. And believe it or not, that is exactly what the Bible encourages and invites us to do. Check this out. Ps 119:27-28 “Let me understand the teaching of your precepts; then I will MEDITATE on your wonders.” In other words,” let me understand the truth of your Word and then let it flood my mind over and over again.”

Now this is going to blow you away. The very next words in Psalms 119 are, “My soul is weary with sorrow; strengthen me according to your word.”

Enough said. Get the Word in your mind and repeat it to yourself over and over again and see how it flushes out all the heavy thoughts and feelings and replaces them with strength, rest, relief, calmness, restoration, as well as excitement, to your soul. Don’t tell me you don’t need it!