My thoughts, life and ramblings about stuff that I come across and articles I've read.
Judging another person can sneak up on you. It’s something you should be careful of.
Are they or aren’t they?
Are they reading their bible?
Are they lying?
Are they really a loving person?
Are they really a Christian?
Are they really saved?
I remember when I was single and had a lot of friends the drama was everywhere and so was the comparison of who was more holy than the other.
Lately I keep thinking the the prodigal sons story in Scripture. Yes, I wrote, “prodigal sons” plural.
They both got their inheritance, even though the story shows the youngest demanded while the father was alive his first, something that the father had the right to beat him out of town for because it was highly disrespectful to do so. It’s like saying, “Dad. I wish you were dead. Give me what is mine when you die now. Thanks.”
But no one goes to the end of the story and reads that the eldest son doesn’t come to the celebration feast at the youngest return. The eldest is sooooo righteous and holy and pious that he is actually damned by his damnable good works. He rejects the fathers invitation to the celebration feast.
I don’t know about you, but when I go to church, and I am beat up, I do not want to meet a elder brother or be welcome home by one.
I think we so forget to show grace when we are not focused on Jesus and the area we are to grow in ourselves.
Recommended Reading: Tim Kellers Prodigal God
How do we define work?
Is it Monday through Friday 9 to 5pm?
Is it something that you get up in the morning and go to and clock in and then clock out?
Is it measured by how much you produce or how much you make in income?
Is it defined by where you go and who you are with?
I think we sometimes think that a job is who we are and therefore is supposed to look like the American dream or like every other job. You get up, you go there, you sit here, you do that, you punch out, you eat your sandwich, you hurry back, you do it some more, you go home and then get to do it all over again if you are lucky 4 more times a week and get a break for a couple of days on the weekend.
Welcome to the American Dream job. This is it, nothing more 9 to 5 grind.
Not all jobs are the same.
I have a friend that spends a couple of days a week in a office. The rest of the time his office is the hospital, the park, his car, McDonalds, and here and there. But before you think you wish you had his job hold on. He’s a Pastor.
His secretary is his phone.
Time is what his biggest challenge is to manage. Yet, people think he doesn’t work hard. Those closest to him do, and that is a huge blessing.
Working from home and not going to an office doesn’t necessarily mean that you are free to goof off or that you are not as productive as one with a supervisor or a person with a desk job in a cubicle all day. Those of us free from that have to work harder and often do.
It’s harder to be productive and measure it. Just because you work 8 - 12 hours a day doesn’t mean you worked 8 - 12 hours a day.
I have another friend that has a sign above his office desk in his business that just says, “congratulations!”
That’s it. Nothing else.
Why? Because, if all you do is say, “I worked 8 hours a day, then congrats!” But of those 8 hours were you really productive?
I hate it when people think because I own my own business or work at home that I am lazy or don’t do anything or it’s not a REAL job. Let me clue you in. IT IS! And it’s stressful, lonely, and there are days that are VERY hard. There is no co-worker to help you problem solve. There is no team. There is no one to vent to.
Money doesn’t come every week or every other week. If a client is late on a check, guess what, LG&E is not getting theirs that week. When it sells it sells. When I collect I collect, sure there are contracts, but things happen. Patients is a lost virtue in this world, that’s all I’ll say and it’s lost in business and amongst ourselves, I see it in my step kids and hear my dad every time I bring it to my youngest step daughters attention.
Owning a business is not a glorious job. It’s not a job for lazy people. It’s not a faux job. It’s real, it’s tedious and it’s not a dream job when you have no support at home or from friends - so to those that do not my heart goes out to you, to those that do, you are blessed.
I just watched Steve Jobs commencement speech at Stanford University and found it still inspiring.
I’ll admit that I love technology and gadgets. In fact I’m in the back at the end of Napoleon Dynamite singing that “I love technology” song.
But what makes me mourn the passing of Steve Jobs is his eye for creativity and respect for that technology that makes it possible. Also, his attitude about life and death and risk taking for doing what you love. Whether he was a Christian or not doesn’t matter at this point. I didn’t see anyone who was critical of that getting on a plane and going to California to witness to him.
Christians who think Jobs was only about expensive gadgets and capitalism miss the point. Technology geeks who see any hint of spirituality as a fluffy distraction from their idol’s pure genius also miss the point.
Steve Jobs was human and was like the rest of us. He understood the frailty of the human condition.
“No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because death is very likely the single best invention of life. It is life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true. Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.
Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”