2011 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,600 times in 2011. If it were a cable car, it would take about 27 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.


Church Signs

I saw a couple of signs on churches today that caught my mental attention a lot longer than I actually saw the physical sign.

The first said,

“Life doesn’t have a retest”

The second said,

“God desires full custody, not just Sunday’s.”

If one ponders that for a little while, more than likely, one will see their own attitude and focus change when arriving at work.


The End of Year Donation Mindset

I was just thinking about how people often think about donating to worthy causes during when the end of the year approaches. During that moment of pondering it occurred to me. It’s another sweet idea in reaching out to your co-workers. It’s an idea that acknowledges there is more to the workplace than people stuffed in cubicles or wandering showrooms.

 

So what’s the idea? It’s a good time to let your co-workers know about the different needs in your home church, or in missions across the globe.

How do you mean? Your church may have several needs. Why not post them on your bulletin board in the office break room with your name listed as a contact for more information.

 

Not your cup of tea? Well then, how about posting something that gives the location information for the local Salvation Army Chapter, or other large nationwide charity? Then volunteer to be the drop-off cubicle for donations, or set up a drop-off box in the lobby of the building. Then actually take those donations (don’t keep them – remember, be a vessel of honor) to the Salvation Army.

Image via SamaritansPurse.com

 

Here’s another option. Ever heard of Samaritan’s Purse International Relief? Well, they have a Christmas Catalog that comes out about this time of year. I just got mine. It’s not a typical catalog that you order goods from. Instead it’s a catalog that lists a bunch of ministry needs that are found around the world. In the listing of each individual need is a suggested donation. For example:

  • Feed a Hungry Baby for a Week – Suggested Donation
    = $9
  • Build a School for Impoverished children –
    Suggested Gift $15K or “Share the Cost” at $30
  • Life-Saving Medicine – Suggested Gift = $60
  • Freshwater Wells – Suggested Gift $100 or “Share
    the Cost” at $40
  • Dairy Goats – Suggested Gift = $70
  • Operation Christmas Child (Shoeboxes filled with
    gifts for children) – Adopt A Box $7 or Adopt A Carton $105

 

If you’re not familiar with Samaritan’s Purse, that’s okay. You can always do something similar yourself. A shoebox drive of your own for needy families in your neighborhood might work for you.

 

What I’m saying is, as we approach the end of the year, many people already have the mindset of helping or donating to a cause. This is an opportunity for you to put yourself in a place to share the Gospel at work, while at the same time benefitting the cause.

 

That’s something to consider.


Successful and Honorable Vessels

Here’s a neat quote I found,…

      “Success is neither magical nor mysterious. Success is the natural consequence of consistently

applying the basic fundamentals.” – Jim Rohn

I don’t know who Jim Rohn is. His quote above, however, did get me to thinking about the Christian in the workplace. You see, as Christians we see “Success” a little different than our wordly counterparts. For us, success is not so much about earning more than our bills require of us, and owning flashy things. Instead, success is going to bed at night with a clean conscience before our Lord/Maker/God.

So, I agree with Jim Rohn when He says that “success is the natural consequence of consistently applying the basic fundamentals.” I agree because the Christian’s basic fundamentals are found in knowing that He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. To put it plainer,… Christ is our foundation. If we consistently apply this as the basis for our daily living, then we will naturally gravitate to whatsoever things are pure, holy, right etc. and thereby impart a little bit of God’s character to those around us in the workplace.

In short, we resemble honorable vessels if we keep Him at our forefront.


Murmuring and Complaining

Here’s a thought straight from my Pastor’s sermon last week,…
“Don’t disqualify yourself by complaining”.

 

Remember the scriptures about the Israelites having to be in the desert an extra forty years? Look at the root cause of their extra time. That cause was? The Israelites murmured, complained, and refused to believe they could have the land the Lord promised them, except for Joshua and Caleb.

 

The moral of the story is?… If the Lord has placed your co-workers on your heart, then pray for them instead of murmuring and
complaining about them under your breath.


Have A Vision?

Do you have a vision for your coworkers? Has God put them on your mind to lead them to salvation, or at least to impact their lives toward godly things?

 

Write the vision. Make it plain.

In business, if you have a vision, you write out a business plan. Why not do the same for your vision for the office. Write down the name(s) of the co-workers that you believe the Lord is calling you to impact for Him. Take that list and put it before you every morning, or every week before you go to work and pray for each one on it – even if you don’t like them.  God might move on them in answer to your prayers. But, He might also change your own attitude about them in answer to your prayer. In either case, keep praying for God to get a hold of them somehow.

 

Here’s another thought. If you find yourself in a situation where you don’t like your job too much, then put that on your list too! God can change the atmosphere there. So, it doesn’t hurt to pray about it.


Serving and Prospering Right Where You Are

Abraham was a wealthy businessman.

Moses was a politician and judge.

Joseph was business manager/administrator.

David was a singer/songwriter and military leader.

Peter was a fisherman.

Paul was a tax collector.

Luke was a doctor.

God can use you right where you are at. It doesn’t happen overnight, but God will use you as a vessel if you allow Him to. Success in God is not determined by the path through seminary or Bible School. It is determined by your willingness and availability to him daily, regardless of where you are now in whatever profession. If you ask Him to lead you, and submit to that leading, He can use you.


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