Do all things without complaining. PHILIPPIANS 2:14 N KJV

If somebody gave you a dollar every time you complained and collected one every time you showed gratitude, would you be rich or poor? You say, “If you had my problems you’d complain too.” The Bible says: “Do all things without complaining,” because the more you complain the worse things get. Notice:

(1) Complaining is addictive. The cycle goes: You’ve a problem; you complain and remain stuck in it; you feel bad, so you complain even more and you end up with stress, not solutions. How foolish is that? (2) Complaining robs you of God’s blessing. Instead of committing it to God, you’re doubting His wisdom and His provision. God put twenty-three thousand Israelites to death for doing that. “Do not grumble, as some of them did-and were killed … These things … were written down as warnings for us” (l Cor 10:10-11 NIV). Don’t just check your attitude, change it! (3) Complaining affects your health. “A calm and undisturbed mind and heart are the life and health of the body” (Pr 14:30 AMP). Be honest, how many calm, undisturbed complainers do you know? Instead of complaining, work on your attitude. Start counting your blessings. A wise man once said, “I complained that I had no shoes until 1 met a man who

had no feet.” Consider what author Barbara Johnston speaks about: “A hand-lettered sign nailed to a telephone pole said, ‘Lost dog with three legs, blind in left eye, missing right ear, tail broken, and recently castrated. Answers to the name of Lucky.”’ The Bible says: “In everything (notice, it doesn’t say for everything, but in everything) give thanks; for this is the will of God” (1 Th 5:18 NK]V).



When my daughter was about five years old I took her to her bedroom to pray with her and tuck her in bed.

I asked what she would like to pray about. Promptly, she answered, “onions.”

We prayed about onions and the next morning I asked why she wanted to pray about onions.

 “Because you said in your sermon that we should pray for things we don’t like.” …



On the seventh day he rested from all his work. GENESIS 2:2 NIV

Are you tired all the time? Even after sleeping? Do you keep going to the doctor but he can’t find anything wrong with you? You may be experiencing the symptoms of burnout. Long periods of overexertion can cause fatigue, sleeplessness and stress. Some other signals of burnout are crying for no reason, being easily angered, insecurity, negativity, irritability, depression, cynicism and resentment toward the blessings of others.

Recognize any of these in yourself? One reason God established the Sabbath was to keep us from burning out. The law of the Sabbath simply says we can work six days, but on the seventh we need to rest; also to spend time worshipping God and having fellowship with His people. Even God rested after six days’ work. Now since God doesn’t get tired, clearly He’s giving us an example we should follow.

In Old Testament times the land had to rest after six years. No sowing and reaping were permitted in the seventh year (See Ex 23:10-12). During this time everything recovered and prepared for future production.

We argue that we cannot afford to take time off. The truth is, we can’t afford not to! You say, “But I would never get anything done if I did that.” Then you’re too busy and something needs to change in your life. When you’re too busy to obey God’s commandments, and even follow His example, you’ll pay

the price. What you sow, you reap. If you sow continual stress with no rest to offset it, you’ll reap the results in your body, your mind, your emotions, your health and your relationships.

So, rearrange your priorities and learn to take time off!On the seventh day he rested from all his work.

so, rearrange your priorities and learn to take time off!



Jim had an awful day fishing on the lake, sitting in the blazing sun all day without catching a single one.

On his way home, he stopped at the supermarket and ordered four catfish. He told the fish salesman, “Pick four large ones out and throw them at me, will you?”

“Why do you want me to throw them at you?” “Because I want to tell my wife that I caught them.”

​”Okay, but I suggest that you take the orange roughy.” “But why?” “Because your wife came in earlier today and said that if you came by, I should tell you to take orange roughy. She prefers that for supper tonight.”



All your sons [and daughters] will be taught by the Lord. ISAIAH 54:13 NIV

In the early 1800’s, the Swiss educator Johann Pestalozzi “The best way for a child to learn about God, is to know a real Christian. The best way for them to discover the power of prayer, is to live with parents who pray.” Did you know that statistically, 85 percent of all children raised this way develop a strong personal faith in Christ before they’re thirteen?

At this point some questions arise, like: (1) “Am I responsible for my child’s choices?” Ultimately, no; potentially, yes! If you want to determine the spiritual health of your family, first check your own heart, vision, hearing and appetites. (2) But my kids are already grown; isn’t it too late? No, God’s name is “Redeemer.” He can give you another chance. Repent and commit your life to Christ, that’s how generational cycles of failure are broken and God is brought back into the picture.

(3) But what if I’m afraid to bring a child into this evil world? That’s the whole point; it’s children of the light who push back the darkness. Instead of reacting out of fear or selfishness, win your family to Christ and use them to impact the world. “By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear

built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that comes by faith” (Heb 11:7 NIV). (4) But how can I compete with the negative influences around me? Every study confirms that you, the parent, have the greatest influence-greater than friends, school or media-in determining the character and direction of your child.



A visitor to a certain college paused to admire the new Hemingway Hall that had been built on campus.

“It’s a pleasure to see a building named for Ernest Hemingway,” he said.

“Actually,” said his guide, “it’s named for Joshua Hemingway. No relation.” ​

The visitor was astonished. “Was Joshua Hemingway a writer, also?”

“Yes, indeed,” said his guide. “He wrote a check.” ..



Give thanks in all circumstances. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 NIV

In order to have a grateful heart you must learn to be grateful for flawed people and imperfect gifts. Be grateful when your child attempts to make the bed, even though they make it imperfectly. Be grateful when your spouse expresses affection, even if they do it awkwardly. Be grateful that your body still moves around, even if it’s more wrinkled and lumpy. Don’t wait to feel thankful. The thinking and the doing – leads to the feeling. “Give thanks in all circumstances” calls for a decision and an act of your win, not an emotional response. It’s why Americans call their annual holiday Thanksgiving-not thanks feeling.

James Dodson wrote a moving book called Final Rounds, in which he talks about the last months of his father’s life. They were both avid golfers, and when his father had been diagnosed with a terminal illness James took him to Scotland so they could play golf together at some of the world’s most celebrated courses. At one point James’s dad asked him about his marriage and family. James’s answer was evasive; he was so consumed by his work that there was little time left oven These were the words of a dying father to his son: “I wish I could slow you both down … The danger of great ambition is that you work so hard, you may some day wake up and find that the things you really wanted, were the things you had all along.” Paul writes, “Wake up, 0 sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you” (Eph 5:14 NIV). Every once in a while we do wake up. And when we do, what we wake up to is gratitude for the things we take for granted.



In church the lady in the pew next to me was saying a prayer. It was so innocent and sincere that I just had to share it with you.

​Dear Lord: The last few years have been very tough: You have taken from me my favorite actor – Paul Newman, my favorite actress – Elizabeth Taylor, my favorite singer – Andy Williams, my favorite author – Tom Clancy, and my favorite comedian – Robin Williams.

 I just want you to know that my favorite politicians are Adam Schiff; Barack Obama; Joe Biden; Hillary Clinton; Nancy Pelosi; Chuck Schumer; Maxine Waters; Elizabeth Warren; and Bernie Sanders.

  And I also have a special place in my heart for that shoe salesman Colin Kaepernick.



Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will serve before kings. PROVERBS 22:29 IIIIV

Nothing contributes more to job success than skillfulness. Skilled workers excel by study, practice and hard work. Second best is unacceptable. Such people are “always in demand … they don’t take a back seat to anyone” (Pr 22:29 TM). Skillfulness isn’t genetic; you don’t inherit it, you work for it. You burn the midnight oil, stretch to your limits and refuse to “settle.” Watch a skilled craftsman; your esteem rises at their attention to detail, refusal to cut comers, patience, dedication and pride of product. They inspire confidence, respect and trust. There’s no more practical demonstration of genuine Christianity than being a skilled worker. When they speak people listen. If you doubt that try sharing your faith with those who see you being dishonest, shoddy and careless. Better to be silent till you earn the right to be heard!

Whatever your work, “Do it .. .in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him” (CoI3:17 NIV). We should be “raising the bar” because we’re Christ’s representatives. We should set the industry standard for excellence. Knowing we follow Christ should give employers and customers confidence they’ll get nothing but the best. The skillful worker can’t lose, because God promises that

their work will inevitably attract the attention of people who’ll promote them and reward them. “Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will serve before kings” (Pr 22:29 NIV). They may start at the bottom of the ladder, but their destination is a rung higher up.



​Fred: “How’s your father’s dairy farm doing?”

Rick: “Great! He’s teaching his cows to sleep on their backs.”

Fred: “What for?”

Rick: “So in the morning the cream will be up on top.” …


Q: Ever wonder about people who pay $2 for a bottle of Evian water?

A: Just spell “Evian” backwards!  .



He who looks after his master will be honored. PROVERBS 21:18 IIIIV

Another Bible characteristic to acquire for job success is thoughtfulness. That’s so, whether you’re a general in the army or a “GI Joe,” the company president or the nightshift janitor. Character is not class-conscious. You don’t demand respect; you earn it every day. If you’re in a leadership role, the Bible says: “Know well the condition of your flocks and pay attention to your herds” (Pr 27:23 NAS). Good employers and supervisors make it their business to know the needs, strengths, weaknesses, potential and motivational levels of their workers. As a result employee sick time is reduced, morale improved and quality and production soars. A pay increase isn’t always the best motivator. Sometimes your thoughtfulness, understanding and interest in your employees are a more powerful motivator. The old “kick them in the pants” philosophy is a sure-fire way to generate resentment and undermining. Respect and caring invites cooperation, makes allies, not adversaries of employees and employers, and brings out the best in everybody.

If you’re an employee God promises, “He who looks after his master will be honored.” It’s not cool to bad-mouth the boss, even if your peers egg you on. Ultimately those around you will distrust you because they know that at some point you’ll do the same to them. Speak well of your boss, honor him

or her and submit to their authority (See Ro 13:1-7). If you can’t, say nothing and look for another job; otherwise you’ll be judged for undermining them. In the parable of the talents Jesus said that the workers who took care of their boss’s interests were rewarded richly. Yes, God will honor you for respecting even a difficult boss!



Teacher: Winnie, name one important thing we have today that we didn’t have ten years ago.

Winnie: Me!


Teacher: Glen, why do you always get so dirty?

Glen: Well, I’m a lot closer to the ground than you are.


Teacher: Millie, give me a sentence starting with “I.”

Millie: “I is . . .”

Teacher: No, Millie . . . Always say, “I am.”

Millie: All right . . . “I am the ninth letter in the alphabet.” …



The hand of the diligent makes rich. PROVERBS 10:4 NRS

If you want to succeed on the job here’s a character quality you need to develop: diligence. When asked, “What’s your biggest challenge?” employers usually say, “Finding and keeping good people.” It makes or breaks any business. “A slack hand causes poverty, but the hand of the diligent makes rich.” Diligence calls for being self-disciplined, motivated, alert, dependable, and entails following through. The Bible says, “Diligence is … precious” (Pr 12:27 NKJV) because it’s so hard to find.

Diligent workers are worth their wages: “The plans of the diligent lead to profit” (Pr 21:5 NIV). In God’s system the boss should profit by you and you should profit by him. Indeed, diligent people plan to be profitable employees. Do you want to prosper? See that your employer prospers! Diligent workers

rejoice in this, lazy workers resent it. Diligence, not politics and manipulation, will get you promoted. “Diligent hands will rule, but laziness ends in slave labor” (Pr 12:24 NIV). In God’s economy you determine whether you become “ruler” or “slave” by how hard you’re willing to work. Lazy employees complain about the unfair boss, the stacked system, the “company men” who look out for the boss and the boss who looks out for them. They want the privileges others get but they’re not willing to

work for them. “The sluggard craves and gets nothing” (Pr 13:4 NIV) because “his hands refuse to work” (Pr 21:25 NIV). “But the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied” (Pr 13:4 N1V). They get it all: the satisfaction of a job well done, a reputation for integrity, the trust of others, job security, profit, promotion, and most importantly, the Master’s “Well done.”


Resume Blunders (cont’d)

“I’m not intimated by your internship, want to be a part of your fun atmosphere.”

“Strong writing abilities. Able to analysis data and problem solve.”

“I am getting to my goal, slowly but surly.”



The wicked … earns deceptive wages. PROVERBS 11 :18

If you want to succeed in life practice honesty! One poll cited by Paul Harvey stated that 40 percent of American workers admitted stealing on the job, and 20 percent felt justified! Their rationalizing includes: “Everybody’s doing it, why shouldn’t I?” “The boss can afford it, he won’t miss it.” “It’s only small stuff,

it won’t make any difference.” “The company owes me, I’m just taking what’s mine.” “I deserve it, I’ve worked hard and never been acknowledged.” What does God’s Word say about this? “The wicked … earns deceptive wages. ” God says deceiving your employer by stealing time and materials, or delivering

an inferior product and service, is “wicked.” That’s strong Ianuage! Of all people, employers and customers should be able to trust followers of Christ to be honest, work for their wages and provide the highest quality service.

And for the record, it’s not smart to steal, even if you don’t get caught. “Ill-gotten gains do not profit” (Pr 10:2 NAS). You may take it but you won’t benefit by it. “Wealth obtained by fraud dwindles” (Pr 13:11 NAS). You can’t do the wrong thing and get the right result. Not only will you have trouble, you’ll bring trouble on those who love and need you most. “He who profits illicitly troubles his own house” (Pr 15:27 NAS). The job loss, damaged reputation, humiliation, legal costs and consequences are a “bill” the whole family pays for, often ending in shame and divorce and affecting several generations. Your spouse deserves an honest partner. Your children deserve a role model they can emulate, confident the path you walk is safe for them to follow.



Resume Blunders

“I am a motivated self-igniting person”.

“I would like to come by and show you my work in hopes of making something of my life so I can move out of my parents’ basement”.

“I’m looking for work because even though my company was profitable last year, but this year they are expecting a large defecate.”



Go to the ant … consider its ways and be wise. PROVERBS 6:6 NIV

When it comes to having a work ethic, “Go to the ant, consider its ways and be wise.” These tiny giants of industry teach us valuable principles for living. Observe three things about them:

(1) The ant “has no commander, no overseer or ruler” (Pr 6:7 NIV). Nobody has to get it out of bed in the morning or coax it to get moving. Nobody supervises its work or enforces quality standards on it. Nobody needs to micromanage its time on the job or make sure it starts punctually, puts in a full day,

pulls its weight and doesn’t quit early. It’s self-motivated and driven by its own high standards, not by rules, regulations or the fear of being fired. (2) It “stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest” (Pr 6:8 NIV). While everybody else is complaining about the heat (the weather, the economy,

politics, etc.), the hard-working ant just keeps preparing for the future. Later, in the more moderate temperatures of harvest time, it continues gathering. Disregarding the conditions, it works. Then while others are struggling to survive it feasts on the fruit of its labor. “Watch and learn,” is God’s counsel. (3) The ant is no haphazard, disorganized drifter wandering around aimlessly, looking for something to do. He knows exactly what he’s there for and where and how to do it. He’s goal-directed, focused, determined and unstoppable. You can’t keep a good ant down! “Consider … and be wise.”

“But my job’s a dead end,” you say. As long as you’re in this job do it “heartily, as to the Lord” (Col 3:23). Prove yourself where you are and God will promote you to better things.



I was working from home, interviewing a famous neurologist for an article, when my three-year0ol announced she had to go potty and waddled into the bathroom. After some loud moans, she yelled, “I did it Mom! I pooped in the toilet! I pooped on the floor too! But I’ll clean it! Oh, I stepped in it!”

There was an uncomfortable silence as I realized the doctor had hear every work. “Ha, ha,” I laughed nervously. “Do you have kids?”

“No,” he said, “and I never will.”  – Charlotte Andersen



He who is slothful in his work, is a brother to … a great destroyer. PROVERBS 18:9 NKJV

God’s interested in what you do for work; He’s also interested in how you do it. The truth is, your prospects for the future are determined by your work ethic. For the next few days let’s look at some work habits from the book of Proverbs to avoid or acquire if you want God’s blessing.

Laziness. “I went past the field of the sluggard … the ground was covered with weeds, and the stone wall was in ruins, … I … learned a lesson … A little sleep .. .folding of the hands … and poverty will come on you like a bandit” (Pr 24:30-34 NIV).

Laziness produces lack just as surely as a thief will rob you. The Bible says lazy people are: (a) Procrastinators. “A little sleep … folding of the hands.” They say, “I’ll do it tomorrow,” but tomorrow never comes. (b) Expensive to maintain. “He who is slothful in his work is a brother to … a great destroyer.” They complain, cut corners, cripple businesses and cause hardship. (c) Quitters. They quit before the job’s finished. “The lazy man does not roast his game” (Pr 12:27 NIV). He hunts the deer but

he won’t clean it. Unfinished projects fill his life: Half-built cupboards, half-painted rooms, half-tidied garages. Sound familiar? (d) Masters of excuses. “The sluggard says, ‘There is a lion outside!’ or; ‘I will be murdered in the streets!'” (Pr 22:13 NIV). When he runs out of credible excuses he goes for ridiculous ones. He “will not plow by reason of the cold” (Pr 20:4). “You want me to get sick, going to work in this weather?” Or if it’s warm, “It’s way too nice for work!” Whatever your work, do it conscientiously. Don’t let laziness rob you of success.



Worker Status

My job as a maintenance engineer required a wide range of skills. One day I might have to fix the furnace, while the next day could see me painting the CEO’s office. When I described it to a coworker as “I’m a jack of all trades, master of none.” I was amused, yet slightly offended when she offered a less than complimentary interpretation from her native Cantonese: “Equipped with knives all over, yet not are very sharp.” – Charles Goetzinger


Four weeks into a job, you’ve seen everybody’s shirts. – Anna Drezen


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