Working For Christ

Working For Christ

There's something good to be found in a mess.
“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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I am Second and I am Happy

Proverbs 3:6 "In everything you do, put God first, and he will direct you and crown your efforts with success"

Yes, I am second and I am happy. You probably read the title and was like, "What is she talking about?" But, let me tell you, dear friend, when I finally found out that I was second and God was first, that was the best thing that could have happened to me. For a very long time, I use to put academics, myself, family/friends in that order, and God has always been somewhere either first or in the middle. I would always say out loud that God is first, but just like the saying goes "actions speak louder than words," my actions usually differed from what I said because I wasn't living with any fear for the Lord and His words.

On September 25th, 2017, I started my walk with Christ (I will tell you all about it in another article). Since then I started to develop a love for God, and I started to include Him in my plans. If you know me well, you probably know that I use a planner for my daily life and I used to even try to plan my life 5 years from now (without God of course). Now, I am not saying there is anything wrong with having plans and goals, but not including God in those is definitely wrong. Not asking God for His will to be done is just as wrong.

After watching a video on "I am Second" from a daily devotion (check it out, here), I started to think about my past and realized that it is true indeed that I was first. Nope!!! I lied, my academic life was always first, and I was second, so God was third unless I was struggling and needed him. Oh yeah, when struggles come, I would always run to God.

Since I started my walk, I put God first and felt pretty good about it until I came back home and another stressful semester starts and I started to spend 12 or more hours on campus. I found myself skipping days on my daily " 10 small/big blessings" writing, I found myself not doing praise and worship every day, I found myself not including God in my calendar, I found myself putting academics first yet again. I still prayed, but I didn't intentionally spend intimate time with God. Then, I remembered that I AM SECOND (meaning that God is first, not academics). If I am second and He is first, why isn't He in my daily plans like before (meaning before the semester started).

So, I decided to make a change, because the 24 hours that I have in a day (not really have) are not mine, they are His, and if they are His and I have time for everything else, I must create the time for my God. I decided that I will still spend less time on my phone (that is a really hard one), less time engaging in things that are not for God's glory and spend more time with Him and go back to my 1-2 hours with God daily.

Those times usually include a mixture of praise and worship, praying, writing, reading the Bible, and/or just complete silence to let Him speak to me. When I look at 24 hours and 2 hours, to me it looks like it is not enough time for all the things He has done for me, but it is intentional, and our God loves that.

Today, dear friend, if you find yourself in this situation where you take your eyes off God(that happened to me 4 years ago) it is okay, you can get past this. The first thing to do is to not ignore it once you feel that void. Once you create a true intimate relationship with the Father and the Holy Spirit, you will feel that void once you are getting disconnected from God (at least that is how I felt).

The moment you feel it, TAKE ACTION because He wants you to come back home. Always remember that nothing can make you whole; not your job, not your boyfriend/girlfriend, your family, your social status, NOTHING can make you whole again but Jesus Christ. Seek him, spend intentional time with him and you will start to see and feel His unconditional for you.

I really hope that this piece help you or a loved one.

Xoxo,

DD

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Let The Lord Lead You And Figure Out What Happens When You Give Up Fear

The truth about fear

I grew up a bit shy. If you asked me, I liked to call myself more of a listener. Those closest to me were the only ones who got to see that I actually did have a lot to say. As I grew older and frequently self-reflected, I realized that it wasn’t always my choice to stay reserved, but rather fear making the decision for me.

I began to notice when I turned down opportunities to meet people, try new things, or really do anything outside of my comfort zone. I began to notice all of the times I was saying “no”.

Deuteronomy 31:8 says, “The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”

When I read this verse, over and over again, I realized I had been missing something seemingly obvious. I was not living a life that reflected the truth of those words. I remembered back to my early teen years, where at some point, fear started calling the shots.

I declined numerous opportunities that I could’ve grown through, whether that be with friends or any new experience that was presented to me. Maybe it was because I was afraid to fail, or perhaps because I didn’t know if I would like the outcome. Either way, it was my way of maintaining control of the situation.

Finally, I made the decision to believe that verse. I believed that the Lord was bigger than everything that scared me. I already had trust in the fact that He is who He says He is, so why shouldn’t I believe that He is always with me? If I could believe that simple truth, then fear would become irrational.

Once I adopted this mindset, I began to take every opportunity that I was presented with, even if it terrified me. Even when I knew I would be incredibly uncomfortable, I made it a priority to say “yes”. When I did that, not only was I exposed to a new fullness of life, but opportunities flooded in.

However, this didn’t come all at once. That’s the thing about fear, it’s sneaky. Half the time, we don’t realize how much of an influence it has on our daily lives. To see a change, I had to become mentally aware of when those anxious thoughts were present, and I had to intentionally press into God when they were.

It took practice and a conscious effort at first. I had to remind myself that I believe in the Lord’s truth and that I do in fact believe that He is bigger than everything that previously scared me.

This past year alone, in moments of God-given courage, I participated in my first month-long mission trip, ran a half marathon, joined my church’s student worship band, and attended various music-based auditions. With each experience, I was stretched miles beyond my comfort level. During this time, I actually felt less overwhelmed, and all the previous feelings of anxiety were eventually replaced by excitement. I found that my trust in the Lord grew, along with my love for people.

If you are like me, you know that life would be much easier if we could remain in our comfort zones, where the outcome can be easily predicted. It would also be much more stagnant, boring, and not to mention limiting on your potential. As cliché as it sounds, there is much more adventure when you choose to say yes to the unknown.

Acknowledging the discomfort, choosing to let it go, and trusting God can open up your life to literally anything. Let the Lord lead you. Even if it is scary, remember that He goes before you. I no longer put my trust in my own fleeting abilities, but rather in the constant strength and courage that the Lord provides.

When I do experience fear, I no longer dwell on it. I continue to find peace in the fact that He always brings me back to His reality, and shows me His truth, the real truth. And I choose to believe Him.

For the word of the Lord is right and true; he is faithful in all he does” Psalm 33:4

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