The Word For Today

Thank God for your job

'Those who work hard will prosper.' Proverbs 13:4 NLT

Author and motivational speaker Charlie 'Tremendous' Jones tells the story of a man who dreamed he'd inherited a million dollars. In the dream he tried to take a shower, but the shower wouldn't work. He tried to shave, but his shaver wouldn't shave. He tried to make breakfast, but the coffee wouldn't perk and the toaster wouldn't toast. He went to get a newspaper, but the newspaper box was empty. He went to catch the bus to work, but the bus didn't come. Finally, after waiting an hour, he asked somebody, 'What's going on here?' They replied, 'Haven't you heard? Everybody has inherited a million dollars and nobody's working anymore.' Suddenly the man woke up, discovered that it was all a dream, and said, 'Thank God!' So he went and had a tremendous shower, a tremendous shave, a tremendous cup of coffee and a tremendous piece of toast while he was reading a tremendous newspaper. Finally he caught a tremendous bus to a tremendous job!

Thank God for the job he has given you, and put your very best into it. Your position and salary would most likely have been a dream-come-true for some of your ancestors. You may not be called to 'the ministry' per se, but if your job affords you the privilege of being a solution to somebody's problem and offers you the dignity of making a difference in life, be grateful. Imagine what your life would be like without it!

'Lazy people want much but get little, but those who work hard will prosper' (Proverbs 13:4 NLT).

Soulfood: Nahum 1-3 John 4:39-54 Ps 41 Pro 24:5-6,


Growth experiences

'Speaking the truth in love, we will grow.' Ephesians 4:15 NIV

Before you confront someone over an issue, stop and examine your motives. Is your goal to help or humiliate them? Jesus was in the business of lifting and restoring people, and you should be in that business too. Ask yourself, would you approach things differently if you weren't so personally involved? Are you confronting this person to make yourself look better? Cutting someone else down in order to lift yourself up is the lowest form of ego gratification. Poet Kahlil Gibran said, 'To belittle, you have to be little.' Don't do it! It's a sign of insecurity.

Remember Nehemiah's response to those who tried to discourage him from rebuilding Jerusalem's walls? 'I am doing a great work, so that I cannot come down. Why should the work cease while I leave it and go down to you' (Nehemiah 6:3 NKJV)? Don't allow your critics to break your stride. Don't give more credence to the sentiments of a critic than you would to the encouragement of a friend. Before you put somebody else's life under the microscope, stop and examine your own. Are you grappling with the same issue, or one just as bad? Have you succeeded where you're accusing somebody else of failing? In other words, have you earned the right to be heard? Paul writes, 'Speaking the truth in love we will grow...in every respect' (Ephesians 4:15 NIV).

Could it be that the situation you're dealing with right now is an opportunity to measure your own maturity and make it a spiritual growth experience?

Soulfood: 2 Pet 1-3 John 4:27-38 Ps 87 Pro 24:1-4,


Your joy will return

'Joy comes in the morning.' Psalm 30:5 NKJV

It's hard when you work all day then come home to an empty house and sleep with your arms wrapped around a pillow, wishing you had someone to hold. No matter how much you try to cover it up, nothing can hide that kind of loneliness. It's the pain of having so much to share and nobody to share it with. But God knows your plight, and he cares. It's why he made Eve for Adam, found Boaz for Ruth and Rebekah for Isaac. It's why his Word deals with real-life issues like sexual frustration, loneliness, failure and lack of self-worth.

Natural voids and thirsts exist within all of us, and how we fill them determines our ability to survive and find happiness. If you're struggling to face the challenges of life on your own, you need to know that you're not alone! 'The God of all comfort' is with you (2 Corinthians 1:3 NKJV). No one understands like Jesus. His family rejected him, his disciples abandoned him and the world crucified him. That's why the Bible says he's 'touched with the feeling of our infirmities' and was 'in all points tempted...as we are' (Hebrews 4:15 KJV). He knows when you feel like that nothing you do is ever good enough. He knows that as well as being a parent, you're a person. He knows, he understands and he invites you to come to him.

The season you're in right now won't last forever. A new one is coming, with new energy, new relationships, new experiences and new joy. Until then remember: 'Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning' (Psalm 30:5 NKJV). Your joy will return!

Soulfood: Lev 23:33-44 John 7:1-40 Zech 14:16-21 Heb 11:8-16,

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