Work life balance

Hi

After the wet bank holiday this week is flying by!

In fact, if like me you are at work, we do spend a lot of our life at work don’t we! So it stands to reason that I would like to be happy at work because if not it is a large chunk of my life each day that will be miserable.

But I know many folk who don’t work either because they are unwell, simply cant find work or who are retired. Its the same for them too – we all want to be happy.

Paul talks about this in Galatians ch 5 v 22 when he says:

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,”

Since love is a fruit, a product, of God’s Holy Spirit, could its companion, joy, be produced in us differently? Like love, joy is not the product of the natural mind but the product of the Holy Spirit of God.

If it is not a product of the natural mind, then chasing after it on our own and apart from the guidance of the Holy Spirit will produce only very limited and pale imitations of what God experiences by nature and what He greatly desires to be in us.

So I find at work as well as at play that if something is getting to me that is reducing my happiness in any way, I pray about it. As we thought on Sunday , there is a Biblical process which is 1)Problem ( we all get them), 2) Prayer ( take the problem to God and leave it there, 3) Power ( as a result of the action of Prayer, I have found the truth of the Bible that God will replace the space left by the worry of the problem with Peace and, yes you’ve got it, JOY resulting in a Powerful Christian experience).

Bye for now

Mark

Strength is in God……

 

Greetings to you all. As I have not blogged in a while a longer one fr you! 🙂

Proverbs 12 v 7 says something interesting that I had not noticed before now – “Wicked men are overthrown and are no more, but the house of the righteous stands firm”

This proverb comes at the end of a short section, beginning in verse 5, illustrating the progression of the sinful person against those who fear God.The opening verse describes both of these types of people making plans: The upright have good goals and mark out an ethical route to reach them, whereas the wicked devise devious ways to get what they want. The middle proverb, verse 6, describes the thinking and speech of each type: Evil people use and abuse others—often the good people, who seem to be easy pickings—to get their way, while the righteous trust in their integrity, which they have learned from following God’s ways, to get them out of troubles.

Solomon finishes his short character description with a confident announcement of the fates of these two types of people. In fact, the sense of the verse is that these ends are sure and certain. While we realize that God could intervene and turn the evil person to him, and that the good person could be derailed and fall from his good ways, Solomon is speaking in terms of the general human condition.

God inspires him to see the end of the sinful person as “overthrown and no more,”  The illustration behind their being overthrown is of a “turning of the hand,” that is, an indefinite disaster that will take them away in a moment. They will be here today and gone tomorrow, swept away in a flash-flood of ruin, whether physical, financial, or otherwise. In other words, the wicked are setting themselves up for spectacular failure. They are not so strong after all!

The more positive side of the proverb is that those who stand fast in God’s way will have long life with their house standing. Again, this is not always the case— I know of righteous people who  have no family. However, the general truth is that right living produces conditions that encourage health, long life, and good habits and traits that are passed down from one generation to another.

The thought in this verse is given to us in lots of places in Scripture, perhaps best in the second commandment:

For I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments

The effects of a person’s sins reach down the next few generations and cause untold harm, yet the righteousness of a godly person can produce blessings in the lives of his descendants hundreds or thousands of years in the future (consider the example of Abraham and his faithfulness). The clear choice is to “fear God and keep His commandments” (Ecclesiastes 12:13) or not! And at work if you feel threatened by an individual then I suggest clinging even more to the God you love and fear as in so doing you will not be overthrown.

Catch up soon and have a good week

oh yes – great minds don’t think alike – great minds like to think….. ( That’s for Stuart)

 

 

 

 

 

There’s no escape

I wonder how far I walk each day at work? Not far unfortunately. Not sure about you but I am often at a desk, in a car, on a train or in a cab with only a short walk to where I need to be when I once again sit down!

not good for men like me of a certain age!

but I do get about that’s for sure.

my verse today reminded me that no matter how far I walk! or where my job takes me! or what my day is like! or even if I have something new to do, or have a new boss or indeed no matter where I find myself ( you get my drift) that as a Christian I NEVER have to face ANYTHING alone.

For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us ( and that is me and is you if you are a Christian) from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38, 39)

i am flying abroad today and although I consider planet earth quite a large globe, to God my father it is tiny.

so as we all start another working week lets remember Jesus said ” I will never leave you”.

happy days

have a good week

Brrrrrr……

Is cold! And it’s wet! Welcome to mid June.

have you ever heard the expression “hope springs eternal”? Well we were hoping for some better weather but had to deal with a wet and windy weekend and now it is the same today boo hoo.

at work I often find my self regretting that I had not finished off something on a Friday and  the job or the customer was waiting for me on Monday morning – like the troll under the bridge in the story of the three billy goats gruff. It can play on your mind  over the weekend can’t it!

my verse over the weekend that I had and I take into this week is as follows:

Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by Christians throughout the world. (1 Peter 5:8, 9 )

it reminds me that these nagging issues on a cold and wet summers day can get blown up out of all proportion. Satan loves this while Jesus would love you to share your burden with Him.

i can’t promise you a warm sunny Monday but I can promise you that you are not alone with the problem of Monday morning blues like my verse says. I can also promise you that if you resist these nagging thoughts and give every situation to Jesus that you will experience real peace.

have a good week

Getting the right perspective

Hi. I can’t believe it’s Tuesday! I find myself typing this in a hotel room called the library. So I am surrounded by books waiting for a meeting to start in half an hour.

this time of year it’s worth remembering that your employer is likely to be examining new budgets, spend and all that kind of stuff. As a result internal staff can get twitchy, but for me as a Christian at work I have learnt the lesson of the Bible verse I have this week which is from Mark ch 8 and vs 34-35 : And calling the crowd to him with his disciples, he said to them, “…….. whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it”.

a real truth about faith in The Lord Jesus Christ is that this relationship means that I don’t have to fight and struggle to “save” myself. In fact that effort will result in disaster actually. I can just give everything over to Him and then no matter what I experience now, the end result will be Good.

i heard a lovely phrase yesterday which was ” it will be all right in the end, and if its not alright now it’s just not the end yet”

As a Christian this is exactly right. Life at work can be challenging but in the very end it will be fantastic , this is Gods promise, and if I simply remember that then actually even if its not alright now, it can be!

Well it’s 1pm and I had better get ready for my meeting……..