Morning to you and welcome to Monday
I sometimes find myself pacing the floor before making a call to a customer or someone higher up the pay chain than me. I wonder if you do the same. The pacing is caused by a bit of fear prior to making the call. It happened to me this morning!
How daft is that! I can see how I need to prepare myself before making a call or before an appointment — but to have a nervousness is simply not logical at all.
To help me with this, the Bible DOES encourage me to have a type of “fear”. This is to fear God. But this is not to be afraid as in Old Testament times as we balance this now with the God of Love we see displayed in the New testament, but to hold God with reverence , respect knowing that he is also a God of judgement and awsome power. So fearing God does not drive me away from Him nor does it make me frightened before I speak with Him.
Psalm 34 V 11 says this:
Come, my children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the LORD.
Notice we are referred to as little children, a lovely place to be I say and also notice that the fear of God does not come naturally; it must be learned. We are not born with it already existing within. It is a vital quality given through contact with God and helped along by someone qualified to teach it, as David surely was.
If we study and meditate on Him, the Scriptures will reveal that God is supreme in everything, including in qualities like love power, wisdom, forgiveness mercy , patience, Kindness, etc. God is sovereign over all. These virtues alone provide multiple reasons for fearing Him. Get it?
And when I am in that place, as i reminded myself this morning, then I need not fear a call to someone today at all.
My Bible verse and teaching this week that helps me at work comes from Paul who wrote to Timothy. We are taught here that “physical exercise has some value, but godliness is valuable in every way. It holds promise for the present life and for the life to come.”
so many people try to find life satisfaction in so many ways….. Exercise, mental training, meditation, positive thinking, the list goes on and on.
The Bible teaches that many of these suggestions are dangerous and to be avoided and some are of some value .. Such as exercise, but that none can bring contentment, happiness, positivity, power, a feeling of well being, a peace that we can enjoy but not understand etc etc.
what CAN bring all see benefits to us I have found, even through the toughest times is godliness. But I can’t be godly- no chance. Thankfully I have accepted Jesus Christ as my Saviour and through His spirit and with His strength I can walk in Godliness. Daily dying to self, asking forgiveness for my shortcomings , finding forgiveness and pressing on. Now I must say that in a busy work life where everyone chases everything else, once again the Bible gets it right. Godliness that comes through a personal walk with Jesus is valuable in EVERY way. So stop for a moment and consider how a life as someone born again, walking in a godly way might actually feel!
have a good week
Some time ago I was taking a children’s service in church and we spoke about the characters of Snow Whites 7 chums. I am sure you can name them all…. Grumpy, Bashful etc etc
as we look around our colleagues at work I am sure like me you will see many representations of these , L O L.
my Bible verse today actually brings me back to remembering that if I really want to show people the real Christian faith then I too will be seen at work and given “a mood”.
the verse reminds me to keep the attitude of Christ and says…
How beautiful upon the mountains
are the feet of him who brings good news,
who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness,
who publishes salvation,
who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.” (Isaiah 52:7)
Jesus was constantly watched, yet He always brought good news, peace, joy and of course the way of Salvation.
It seems to me that folk at work want these type of people around them too. People who are can do and positive, people who find the good, broker peace, find solutions, are up beat and maintain the Christian faith.
have a good week
Back to our usual wet summer! I feel sorry for those camping ! How frustrating!
work can be frustrating as well don’t you find?
my Bible verse is
You also, be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand. (James 5:8 )
Yes, the earth shattering event God has planned is coming, but in the mean time no matter what frustrations this week has in store at work, stay chilled and be patient. Establish your heart in Christ. He knows the beginning from the end and the more frustrating your week the greater chance and opportunity to show your work colleagues how knowing Jesus Christ can bring your through.
and in any case, it’s not as bad as having a tent full of water!
have a good week
This week we move towards Easter. I was reminded that as Jesus looked over Jerusalem he wept. It seems a shame to me that in all my meetings and conference calls that no one else seems interested in this time of year -except of course that it is a short working week ( which I too am glad about actually!)
Sometimes at work I feel like weeping but actually it is for self preservation and the result of increasing pressure. Jesus was weeping for others, yet I find myself thinking about me when I am close to tears. It’s all about me don’t you know!
The Bible verse that challenges this and brings me rushing to a place of positivity is James 5 v 16 where I am reminded that the Prayer of a righteous person has great power and effectiveness.
so if like me you have periods at work of great intensity ( that’s the nice way of wording it!) then I can recommend through experience that you look out and up and not down and in. Out to others and up to Jesus.
It is OK to cry and when we cry for ourselves look to Jesus, use prayer and then look at others and cry for them. Our prayers as people born again of Gods Spirit will be powerful and effective. It’s a promise.
i wish you every happiness and peace this Easter and will blog again after my holiday in a couple of weeks time.