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Working For Christ

There's something good to be found in a mess.
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“Work hard, but not just to please your masters when they are watching. As slaves of Christ, do the will of God with all your heart. Work with enthusiasm, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people” Ephesians 6:6

What is a job? Google says its “a paid position of regular employment.” Webster says a job is “a regular remunerative position.” I looked up remunerative too, it means “financially rewarding.”

So there you have it. A job is a financially rewarding position of regular employment.

Or so they say.

What if you hate your job and it doesn’t even pay enough to be rewarding? What do you do when you have no motivation when you work hard but no one seems to notice?

You quit, you quit thinking bad thoughts.

“But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded” 2 Chronicles 15:7

We go through highs and lows in life. But, every morning when the alarm goes off at five, does it feel like a low? You feel like you have no control, you’re running as fast as you can and getting nowhere. When you never answer the “how was your day” question with something other than “it was okay I guess,” then there’s a problem. You need perspective, you need to think like God.

You are valuable because you exist. Not because of what you do or what you have done, but simply because you are. –Max Lucado

God gives you life. He is the reason for every good thing. Wake up whenever that alarm goes off and thank Him for giving you another day. So you hate your job, but don’t you think He put you in that job for a reason?

I hated the fact that I had to live in Ohio for my junior year of high school. But I met some really great people there. I hated having to work the late shift for my last job, but every night I drove home and listened to Dave Ramsey. I learned a lot about personal finances and in retrospect, I enjoyed having that alone time.

There’s always something good to be found in a mess. Don’t complain and outwardly show that you hate your circumstances. It’s insulting to God because it’s you refusing to be content with what He has given you. Think of the man who has worked in a factory his whole life. Think of the woman who works multiple jobs just to pay the bills. Never think too highly of yourself, its easy to forget that.

“The work is too heavy for you; you cannot handle it alone” Exodus 18:18

Your first job out of college might not be what you had in mind. It's only a small part of your life, there is so much more than what you see. God has a plan for your life. Trust Him.

"May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us— yes, establish the work of our hands" Psalm 90:17
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12 Bible Verses For Faith In Hard Times

Remind yourself that God is always with you.
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Lately, I have felt lost at what God wants for my life. Ever since I've come back to UWG everything has been horrible. It seems that I can't catch a break. I'm trying my best to focus on school, work, and extracurricular activities. But it's hard when I'm having issues with my apartment/roommates and knowing my family back home is struggling and needs many prayers. All, I keep thinking is maybe Carrollton isn't where I belong anymore. I've asked God if He can guide me in the right direction. Below, I have found Bible verses that have helped get me through these rough, past couple of weeks.

1. Isaiah 43:2

"When you go through deep waters, I will be with you."

2. Psalm 37:5

"Commit your way to the Lord. Trust in Him, and He will act."

3. Romans 8:18

"The pain that you've been feeling, can't compare to the joy that's coming."

4. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed in strength, and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future."

5. Joshua 1:9

"Be bold. Be brave. Be courageous."

6. Ecclesiastes 3:1

"There is a time for everything and a reason for every activity under the heavens."

7. Isaiah 41:10

"Don't be afraid, for I am with you. Don't be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand."

8. Isaiah 66:9

"I will not cause pain without allowing something new to be born, says the Lord."

9. Psalm 91:4

"He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings, you will find refuge; His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart."

10. Psalm 62:1-2

"My soul finds rest in God alone, my salvation comes from Him, He alone is my rock and my salvation."

11. Philippians 4:13

"I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength."

12. Jeremiah 29:11

"For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

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When God goes Off Script

Don't miss a miracle just because your plans didn't work out

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As a believing Christian, we know that God is powerful and sovereign, and mighty. We have no problem with this concept- not until His plan suddenly ceases to go along with our own. We live in an impressively self-centered world. We have iPads, iPhones, and I mentalities. We simply want what we want. So much so, that sometimes we don't desire God's plan as much as we want our own way. Sadly enough, this isn't a new concept.

If we look at chapter 11 in the book of John, we find some people whose plans were most defiantly flipped upside down by God.

Jesus (the Son of GOD), had some very close friends who were siblings- Mary, Martha, and Lazarus. When Lazarus fell ill, Mary and Martha immediately sent word to Jesus, fully expecting Jesus to rush to heal him. Very much like the rest of us, the sisters didn't only bring their problem to Jesus, they brought their own solution.

However, Jesus had a much bigger plan. The Bible tells us in Ephesians 3:20 that the plans of God are "above all that we could ask or imagine". In the midst of the chaos that often consumes our lives, we sometimes confine God to the realm of things that we understand- and what a dangerous thing that is! When Mary and Martha expected Jesus to rush to heal their brother, Jesus chose to wait two entire days before making the 20-mile journey to their city.

During that time, Lazarus died. Once Jesus finally did make it to the city, the sisters were in mourning. Interestingly enough, their faith remained unshaken. They realized that Jesus 's intervention could have prevented their brother's death (John 10:21,32), and if my best guess is worth anything they wondered why He had chosen not to.

Sometimes when we plead for God to intervein and he chooses not to, we feel forgotten. We feel alone and we question our worth- when what we should be doing is watching to see what He's about to do next. Sometimes, we get too fixated on the fact that God went "off script" and didn't handle a situation the way we feel like He should have that we almost miss the miracle that He is about to do in our lives.

Standing outside of the tomb of Lazarus, Jesus asked for the stone to be rolled away. Martha, a very practical soul who reminds me far too much of myself, called out to Jesus and appears to rebuke him. There are times in our lives where we are more focused on how we didn't get our way than on the miracle that God is about to do. Martha made a seemingly practical point after all her brother had been dead and buried for four days.

Thankfully, a practical point on our part has yet to stop Jesus.

God's plans may not look like ours. His ways may not take the same path as ours. His purpose may even have goals like ours. But so far? God's plans just don't disappoint like mine.

Despite the fact that Jesus chose not to come immediately to the family's rescue, four days later He spoke words that rocked the world: "Lazarus, come forth", and Lazarus came out of the grave. Often times, when God doesn't solve our problems like we think that He should, we assume that we are of little importance. It's easy to see why the sisters may have felt ignored. However, Jesus's decision to wait gave an entire town an opportunity to witness the power of God. When we want our way more than God's wisdom, we seek to deprive others of the chance to learn about God's power.

Jesus gave another command that day: He said of Lazarus"Unbind him, and let him go". What kind of expectations do we need to let go? Are you allowing your idea of what God needs to do bind you and keep you from resting in his plans?

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