"But we urge you, brethren, to excel still more, and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands, just as we commanded you, so that you will behave properly toward outsiders and not be in any need." ~ 1 Thessalonians 4:10b-12 (NAS)
"Slaves, in all things obey those who are your masters on earth, not with external service, as those who merely please men, but with sincerity of heart, fearing the Lord. Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve." ~ Colossians 3:22-24 (NAS)
These two, kept at the front of thinking, would go a great way toward leading me to a stronger and more peaceful relationship with my employer and my fellow workers.
I don't lust after money or riches, but there are certainly far too many occasions when I could have been a stronger steward of God's bounty, and more certain, could have put His money to use helping someone other than myself.
I have the following notes titled "chapter six focus"; I don't recall what study, which book, they are referencing, but the thoughts alone bear review.
- prayer, surrendering, confessing - I can feel God's presences and sometimes His comfort but His "pleasure" eludes me
- work was God's plan from the beginning - working "hard" was the result of sin - I think work is needed to keep us sharp, mentally and physically
- surrendering what we "have" to God puts us in the position of seeking his desires with our stewardship as well as (?) us constantly seeking Him, His plans, His purposes for our lives
- I have no ambition
- work as its own reward provides for our needs (not at the mercy of others 1 Thessalonians 4:12) and allows us to show God's hand in our lives - Honor God - God displayed - God honored
- at this point, virtually none of my life is surrendered to God - I am hanging on to control and God is not honored & seldom acknowledged
Here are some note from a study titled "Relationships":
- Not sure about everyone else, but I am
- Somewhat - drilling down deeper - think you could call it "personal dissatisfaction"
- Fear of failure
- I would lobe to step aside but time is money and money is ability - "If can't give love, I must give stuff"
- inward focus - "self trapping"
- I am more outward outside the home. but part of it is that I get "nitpicked" if i express myself to my three girls - it gets wearisome
- yes - more frustration at home because I expect them to comply willingly, but they are just as difficult
This one comes from a sermon, I think at Grace Point, titled "EPIC"
- 2 Peter 1 3-11 -The journey begins when we exchange our lives; the goal is to have lived a life of moral excellence (vs 5)
Glimpses of Glory
- 2 Corinthians 2:18
- 1 Corinthians 13:12
- 1 John 3:2
Our New Home
- Geneses 2:19
- Revelation 2:17
- Revelation 19:11-16
11/28/10 FWFBT (?)
1 Peter 2:1-2