“We are hard pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed.” 2 Corinthians 4:8-9
Monday was a particularly difficult day at work this past week. Not only for me, but for many of my colleagues. We were each rushing back and forth from our desks checking on things, responding to various challenges via email, and returning calls to clients with pressing needs. If it wasn’t one thing, it was another – all morning long!
“It’s Monday!” I heard someone say, as someone else nodded in agreement while passing by. I heard the “It’s Monday!” phrase several other times that morning. Are all Mondays really this hectic and problematic? Continue reading
“Do all things without complaining and disputing.” Philippians 2:14 (NKJV)
I recently came across the following pledge which convicted me of my own negativity. I’m passing this on to you as a challenge to see how long you can remain totally complaint-free. A day? A week? Longer? Maybe, only one hour? LOL! Trust me, it’s easier said than done, but not impossible if you make a conscious effort, when about to speak, to pause, ponder, and pray.
“Call to Me and I will answer you, and I will tell you great and mighty things, which you do not know.” (Jeremiah 33:3)
There were two sections of empty chairs before me: about 150 to the right and 150 to the left, but I sat on the floor at the back of the church in the dark. I had been fasting and praying and chose this secluded spot to hear from God. Continue reading
When you are forgotten, or neglected, or purposely set at naught, and you don’t sting and hurt with the insult or the oversight, but your heart is happy, being counted worthy to suffer for Christ,
THAT IS DYING TO SELF. Continue reading
“My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.” (James 1:19 – 21)
I was in utter shock and disbelief! Not because I heard the F-bomb, but because I was the one who said it. Bypassing my mind’s filter, it hurled itself off the tip of my tongue defiling the ones who heard it – courtesy of a split second of uncontrolled anger over an insignificant, momentary annoyance. Continue reading
“I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate.” Romans 7:15
They pretty much threw me under the bus. Rather than defend me, they took her side. She now felt even more justified in treating me the way she had.
I’d be lying if I said it didn’t bother me or that I didn’t stew over it for hours. The truth is, I stewed over it for three entire days! Continue reading
“Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.” Romans 12:10
When it comes to work, I am naturally detail-oriented, I like to stay on task until I finish what I’ve started, and I like to begin projects far enough in advance so that I never miss a deadline. Sometimes, I get so focus driven on the job before me that I become oblivious to everything and everyone around me. Just yesterday, for example, my manager came to my desk to ask me if I was coming to our monthly Team Meeting which had already begun. Oops! Continue reading