…Day Worked For Your Glory

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After a 16 day partial shutdown, last Thursday, federal government employees and others affected by the shutdown began getting back to their regular days at work. As the majority of my company returned to business as usual, my colleague, boss and I came together to reprioritize our plans for the current fiscal year – including what tasks were essential; which we could defer to a future date; which projects may be reassigned to other team members and whether or not we would continue to engage co-sourcing staff. As we weighed this and that option over the other, we put the focus on what would prove our team most valuable. Once our new plan was in place, I went back to my desk with the charge to get the absolute necessary tasks done and done well.

This new, determined course of action required that I take the time to realign my personal and managerial job responsibilities. As I adjusted budgets, estimate to completions and a number deadlines, the work at hand appeared more and more feasible to get accomplished. And, I realized that all it would take was a change in perspective on what is currently most important.

In turn, my heart was prompted to consider the perspective on what is always most important — His glory.

As we begin a new work week, and as we all begin each workday – whether after a major shutdown or dry season; whether at an international company, mom and pop shop, at home or in school – what are some ways that we can best glorify God in each moment of it?

Here’s 10 to start with…

1. Recognize the value and importance in what you do – So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31

2. Work for Jesus – Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and that the Master you are serving is Christ. Colossians 3:23-24 (NLT)

3. Work with integrity – Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but whoever takes crooked paths will be found out. Proverbs 10:9

4. Become skillful – Work hard so you can present yourself to God and receive his approval. Be a good worker, one who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly explains the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15 (NLT)

5. Do what you do, well – Do you see a man who excels in his work? He will stand before kings; He will not stand before unknown men. Proverbs 22:29 (NKJV) 

6. Trust in Him to accomplish the task at hand – “Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Don’t be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. He will see to it that all the work related to the Temple of the Lord is finished correctly…” 1 Chronicles 28:20 (NLT)

7. Love and serve those you work with – Let all that you do be done with love. 1 Corinthians 16:14 (NKJV)

8. Speak life and avoid gossip – Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. Ephesians 4:29

9. Be different and shine bright – Always be joyful. 1 Thessalonians 5:16 (NLT); Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:16 (NKJV);

10. Go fishing amongst your colleagues – “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” Matthew 4:19; “Therefore, go and make disciples…” Matthew 28:19

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…Meditation Moment : Ephesians 2:10

You've Got  Big Work To Do

For [you] are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for [you] to do. Ephesians 2:10

…Meditation Moment: Matthew 5:14-16

Choose To Shine Light

“Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16 (MSG)

…Different Response to the Zimmerman Trial

Over recent weeks, the George Zimmerman trial has been at the forefront of news headlines, social media, water cooler discussions and conversations amongst family and friends in the United States. Frankly, since the death of Trayvon Martin on February 26, 2012, many have been consumed with whether or not Zimmerman is guilty or not guilty.

When the verdict was read on Saturday evening, the reaction of millions could immediately be heard and seen throughout the country. The support, as well as the opposition was expressed with fervor. The initial reaction in my own home and from my family and friends was equally passionate. Taking in the feelings of others seen on television and the thoughts of those on Twitter that evening weighed on my heart. Where I could understand that everyone had the right to their own opinion and also clear on how we could end up on different sides of our take on what actually happened; what burdened me the most was the realization that the majority (if not all) of us were missing out on an opportunity…to be different.

As I replayed in my mind so much of what I’d read and heard about the incident and the trial over the weekend, God placed the need to talk to Him about it on my heart. At first, I assumed He solely desired that I pray for the comfort of the family that lost their 17 year old young man. I cannot fathom the emotions they have experienced, and at that time, felt that it was our responsibility to cover their hearts with as much intensity as we expressed our positions on what they were going through. As I began to go in on my prayer, I realized the need for much more.

As many of us wondered whether or not violence would play a role in the response to the trial’s outcome, and as many debates continue to occur on whether or not race has been or remains a factor, the necessity for forgiveness is prevalent. Therefore, as we move forward this week and in the upcoming days; and even as the interest and enthusiasm of this trial may waiver, I charge us all to be different in our response to the Zimmerman trial.

When drawn to share our opinion on the subject at hand, let’s instead choose to  seek and ask for a heart of forgiveness – forgiveness for our own judgements of the prosecution, defense and families, and forgiveness between the Martins and Zimmermans for one another. When reading or watching news updates from witnesses, juror interviews, and more, let’s elect to think and act with a heart of compassion. Then, no matter what side we are on, we can walk in freedom from our own thoughts of disappointment, pride, resentment, anger, revenge, hatred, doubt and/or fear. We can truly be the difference He’s called us to be – and through Him love our neighbors and our enemies selflessly, and as ourselves (Matthew 22:39Matthew 5:44).

…Meditation Moment : Romans 12:1-2

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So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do… Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it… Instead, fix your attention on God. Romans 12:1-2 (MSG)

Simply, be different.