In April I wrote a blog post for a group I joined called Lady Boss Christians. You can check it out here. I wrote about pausing and getting rest during this season. While written primarily for women business owners it applies to all. My prayer is that you continue drawing closer to the God of peace and rest today. Some people are tired of being at home, some are afraid to get back outside, and some are working harder than they have before. Let’s remember whether we are being still or climbing hills, God is in control.
I know it’s not all about me when it comes to God’s program or plan. God doesn’t need me to accomplish His plan and even though it’s not about me I still need to work on me.
Praying for wisdom to do better, change and grow for the glory of God.
Sometimes my coworker friends and I live on the edge at work. When things aren’t right we may get to snapping back at each other, honking the car horn at folks during our lunch ride to our favorite restaurant or negatively putting in our 2 cents on a hot topic subject of management, changes or policy. Sometime it feels good enough just to get it off our chest and tell the person who upset us exactly how we feel. Other times it doesn’t feel that good. There’s nothing wrong with being direct and honest with others but I have learned two words for when we are easily offended and take things to personally. Those words are simply this: SLOW DOWN. In order to live on pitch we must not be so quick to take offense. It takes practice, but my friends and I are learning and pushing each other by asking the question out loud who or what are we attacking? When we slow down we are able to ask more important questions like how can we react without attacking? We can learn to slow down by not pretending or defending with harsh words, eye rolls and side eyes. A gentle reminder goes a long way. I thank God for those friends and co workers who help me strive to live on pitch. Work life can knock us off our feet and catch us off guard but God is our Helper. What are some warning signs that show up when you’re offended by others?
I walked in a room for a meeting and we were all ready to go. I knew my role and was sure I could do it. The group leader asked me to take another role on because someone didn’t show up. I was surprised and a little bit anxious but I agreed and took a leap. I jumped in and stepped right up to help with a smooth meeting. I learned sometimes stepping up requires you to fill in a gap. It’s not always about taking over. Thank God for the people in your life who can fill in gaps. People who step up with a ready heart that say I can help you with that. Jesus was always stepping up and filling in gaps. Whether He was healing the sick, teaching the disciples, providing food to feed multitudes or noticing others in a crowd, Jesus was ready to step up. He even stepped up to a cross and filled in the gap between sin and salvation ultimately giving us the choice between eternal life and death. I am so grateful to know that when we are called upon to step up and serve others, God always has a unique way of filling in the gaps. We don’t have to take over because God is in control of everything.
If you’re giving to get, I hope you get this lesson. I learned a long time ago, giving is not about getting. It’s all about trusting, believing and worshipping. Giving is living, so I worship God by giving a little more to Him each day. You too can worship by giving. Try giving a moment of your time and help someone who is sick or lonely and feeling down. Help them see a better day, or even a better hour. Give of your financial resources and help someone breathe a sigh of relief, keep calm, and relax. Give of your talents and help someone get to another level. Help them live out their faith, walk in their gift and put fear aside. Give yourself some quiet time to pray for others and speak to God on their behalf. Give a smile or encouraging word to those who feel hopeless and helpless. Help them live strong by knowing God is able to give them everything they need. Each time I worship and give freely to others without any expectations of getting in return, God blows my mind with His faithfulness, unfailing love, grace and mercy. When we give to God He gets all the glory. Now that’s what I call living on pitch.
Here’s two words that are good reminders for us to keep living on pitch.
When we are rooted in God’s word we can be sure our anchor in Christ hold us with a firm grip.
When you’re experiencing burnout it does not mean you leave God out. Resting in God is better than wrestling against Him. Philippians 4 reminds us to stand firm in the Lord, rejoice in the Lord, don’t worry about anything, think and dwell on praiseworthy things, let God’s peace guard our hearts, and allow Him to strengthen us in all we do. If you’re feeling tired, burnt out and need to take a break on the job, at school, in ministry, or even on your own personal mission don’t leave God out because I’ve learned that’s when you’ll really feel the burn.
Prayer: Lord I am nothing without you. Give me strength to continue in Jesus name and for His sake. Amen
Let’s be honest. Monday’s are hard but I don’t hate them. Monday’s have never done anything to me. They are hard on holidays when everyone, well not everyone, is actually off work. They are hard when I tell myself I’m getting up early to go the gym and my bed doesn’t want to let me go. I don’t blame Monday’s for that. That’s an issue I’m still working on. Pray saints. I love to sleep in but work duty usually calls after the weekend and it’s no surprise year after year Mondays keep showing up, just like every other day of the week. I view Monday’s as my focus days. I must push myself to focus on what’s ahead for the week at the same time look back on how I made it to another Monday. I love it when my Sunday worship prepares me for my Monday worship and the cycle continues. We have to find our fearless every Monday and make a point to take time to reflect on our attitudes about starting a new work week. For me I make adjustments as many times as necessary to choose love over hate. I must choose to stay positive and productive to keep moving along. I need that and others around our workplace and offices do too, especially on Mondays. Join me today and Thank God for Mondays!
I am looking forward to the weekend. It’s been a busy work week and I need to unwind. Just as I started thinking about where I want to go for my pedicure, I remembered I am supposed to be preparing for a marathon!!! Marathons require planning on the part of the participant. You have to first sign up to enter the race then find the right training action plan for you. I’ve only been in one 5k race and I think I did ok. I would have done a lot better had I prepared and trained a little more for it. Do you know how to spiritually prepare for a marathon? This Christian journey is a race. It’s not a quick jog or sprint to the heavenly gates once you accept Christ. This joyful journey is a marathon of ups and downs, certainty and uncertainty, questions and answers. We must train our minds for this marathon with the spiritual preparation of daily devotion, fasting, believing prayer and increase our mileage for long haul faith. We have to build up our endurance to stay in the race. I’m learning the more I prepare and train for the marathon, the more willing I am to keep on running the race. My next race is a 5 Day Prayer Marathon from January 28-February 3rd. I’m preparing now to finish strong.
Prayer: Lord help us stay in the race. Give us strength to go another mile.
What are you hoping for this year? We all need hope. Hope to keep going, hope to hang in there, hope to keep living day after day. I heard a sermon by a Pastor named Keelan Atkinson and he reminded me that “Hope is what you hang onto until your Help shows up.” Our help comes from God and only God. I am hoping and trusting God today as my Helper. I am hoping God gets the glory for all that He does. Whatever God allows me to accomplish this year, I hope God is the center of it all.
Prayer: Dear Lord help me to hang in there. Give me strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow. Amen