Working For Christ

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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God's Letter To The Struggling College Christian

Don't give up on me because I haven't given up on you
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Dear Struggling College Christian,

Life can be tough, especially in college; you’re at that age where you’re not exactly an adult but also no longer a child. You’re somewhere in between, possessing just enough freedom to do what you want while still being held responsible for the decisions you make about your future. You're always stressed out. You’re going to get hurt, you’re going to feel like dropping out or changing your mind, and you’re even going to want to turn your back on me, your God, but I want to tell you this: your suffering is not in vain.

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I want you to know that everything you are going through is a lesson. It’s all building you into a better person, a better you. The things you’ve asked of me, the things you’ve told me you wanted – those are things you have to be prepared for and you still need a bit of tweaking. The future, though bright, isn’t all sunshine and roses. The path has twists and turns, cracks are in it, fallen logs in your way, and most of the time you’re not going to be able to see straight ahead of you. The weather is going to be unpredictable. The hailstorm is going to knock you off your feet and the twisters are going to send you spinning into confusion, exhaustion and doubt, but with the strength that I am trying to build up in you, you'll find that you know exactly where to find shelter when the storms break down your door.

You’ll find that the lessons you learn from trying times are exactly what you need to fulfill my plans for you. You’ve read Jeremiah 29:11 and Romans 8:28, and heard them hundreds of times, but there is a verse in the Bible that you may have never paid attention to: Ephesians 2:10. It reads: “We are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” The most important part of this verse is one simple word: beforehand. So while you’re crying and stressing about what job you’re going to land after you graduate, if you’re going to marry that person you’ve been with for years, or if you even want to be majoring in what you’re currently majoring in, I already have a plan laid out specifically for you. You are my child, my creation and you have a purpose.

However, while knowing these things is great, it is all pointless if you don’t do. So here’s what I want you to do: do not give up. Have faith in me. You believe in me, so why not believe in me in your darkest moments? That’s the reason you became a Christian, right? Because I'm the one person you know that won't forsake you. You know that I love you, and you know that I’m here for you, so prove it. I know it can be hard when you’re pulled in a lot of different directions by your social life, your academic life and your extracurricular activities not to mention your family life and your own personal sanity, but take a few minutes out of your day, every day, to talk to me. Tell me your fears and your desires. Remember that you can ask me for and about anything. I'm always going to give you an answer, whether it's a yes, no, or not right now. After that, I want you to stop worrying and fight on through the darkness. You are stronger than you think.

My Child, enjoy yourself while you are young: don't stress over the things that you can't see. Don't give in to the depression, the anxiety, or the stress; things that are not of me. Don't let yourself forget about me or believe that I'm not there when I am and know that my plan is set in place for you. All you have to do is walk in it. Trust that this is all for your good. But most importantly, remember that I love you unconditionally–at your worst and your best. Life can be tough, but you are tougher simply because you are mine.

I’ve got you,

God

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Diwali, The Festival Of Lights, Will Make You Feel Complete And Connected To Your Roots

Although it has passed, its beauty and spirituality is still felt all around.

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There are only a few things in life that make you feel at home. Home is often considered a place more than it is a feeling, but I really think it should be included. You could either be with people that make you feel at home and it doesn't matter where you might be or you could be doing something that makes you feel all the same. Either way, home is synonymous with comfort, contentedness, love, and safety.

Recently, Indians celebrated one of their biggest holidays: Diwali. The name means "Festival of Lights" and you might be able to understand why seeing all the candles ("diyas" in Hindi) being lit. The significance of all of this is not just to bring light to your outer world, but also your inner one. You can interpret what that means in so many different forms, but as of now, to me, it means clearing my mind. That includes clearing it of things that make me upset, thoughts that I would be happier in different circumstances, that people should change, or even that I can change them.

It gives me a "passively active" role in my life, one where I try for what I want but then try not to stress when it doesn't happen.

Even the physicality of the holiday — lighting of the diyas, dressing in beautiful colors, spending time with loved ones — serves to brighten my spirits and feel more centered.

I'm thankful for the time I get to spend with my family, which is also a time that helps me keep things into perspective (we all know that it's a little too easy to get caught up in school and work).

And maybe the best part of it all is that I see the world as it is: without projecting anything "good" or "bad" onto it, without any judgment and still, still it appears to be beautiful.

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