Checking Up on Your Job

by Charles R. Swindoll

The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing. But the soul of the diligent is made fat. —Proverbs 13:4

A young fellow rushed into a gas station to use the pay phone. The manager overheard his telephone conversation as he asked: “Sir, could you use a hardworking, honest young man to work for you?” [pause] “Oh . . . you’ve already got a hardworking, honest young man? Well, thanks anyway!”

The boy hung up the phone with a smile. Humming to himself, he began to walk away, obviously happy.

“How can you be so cheery?” asked the eavesdropping manager. “I thought the man you talked to already had someone and didn’t want to hire you.”

The young fellow answered, “Well, you see I am the hardworking young man. I was just checking up on my job!”

If you called your Boss, disguised your voice, and asked about your job, what do you think would be His answer?

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Checking Up on Your Job  by Charles R. Swindoll

The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing. But the soul of the diligent is made fat. —Proverbs 13:4

A young fellow rushed into a gas station to use the pay phone. The manager overheard his telephone conversation as he asked: “Sir, could you use a hardworking, honest young man to work for you?” [pause] “Oh . . . you’ve already got a hardworking, honest young man? Well, thanks anyway!”

The boy hung up the phone with a smile. Humming to himself, he began to walk away, obviously happy.

“How can you be so cheery?” asked the eavesdropping manager. “I thought the man you talked to already had someone and didn’t want to hire you.”

The young fellow answered, “Well, you see I am the hardworking young man. I was just checking up on my job!”

If you called your Boss, disguised your voice, and asked about your job, what do you think would be His answer?

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Have courage

“Have courage, soul of mine,
The path that you must keep
Is long and lone and steep;
But many thousand feet
Have passed this way before;
All through the vanished years
These stones were wet with tears,
If others knew this road,
And bore their heavy load,
If others went this way,
You, too, can bear the heat
And burden of the day;
You, too, can bear dark night
Until the morning light.
If others passed this way
Have courage, soul of mine!”
Mark E. Rock

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A homeless man in Bangkok, Thailand.

A homeless man in Bangkok, Thailand. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Faith With Works

August 3, 2012

 

 

 

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READ: James 2:14-26

Faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. —James 2:17

Because of his arthritis, Roger could no longer handle the winters of Illinois, so he moved to tropical Bangkok, Thailand. One day he remembered his grandmother’s favorite song, “What You Are”: What you are speaks so loud that the world can’t hear what you say; they’re looking at your walk, not listening to your talk; they’re judging from your actions every day.

This song prompted Roger to feed the homeless who stayed along a half-mile stretch of road. Every morning, he served hot food to more than 45 families. Years later, one of the homeless women came to know Jesus as Savior and sought out Roger to thank him for introducing her to the love of Christ.

In James, we are clearly told that faith without works is dead (2:17). It does not mean that works will result in faith, but that good works will affirm that our faith is real. It is easy to say we believe in God, but only our works can prove the truthfulness of our words.

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Driftwood

adriatic coast“Like a piece of driftwood
I have floated along
On the sea of misery
Until landing on this desolate shore
Where upon I am found
Forgive me, Lord
For I have not recognized
That all the while I was drifting
I could have been dancing upon the sea
Coming under the life-giving
Flow of the blood of Jesus
So that others may find in me
The picture of beauty
That You see”

Jeffrey Tibbetts

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Judge

When I am able to resist the temptation to judge others,
I can see them as teachers.
- Gerald Jampolsky

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Ponder on this

What do I believe is the source of true happiness?

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today think….

We don’t see things as they are, we see things as we are. – Anais Nin

Your point of view sets you up well in advance for how you view the events as they unfold. – Mary Anne Radmacher

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Pull the anchor

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 
 

Pull in the Anchor
 by Charles R. Swindoll

Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.—Matthew 6:12
 Have you done someone wrong?

 Have you been offensive?

 Have your actions caused hurt?

 To do nothing is not only in direct disobedience to Jesus’ teaching, it also complicates your life. It adds heavier mental weights than you are capable of carrying.

 It is like dropping an anchor and then cranking up your boat’s engine and putting it in gear. The anchor keeps catching and snagging on the bottom, making for a terribly uncomfortable ride across the water.

 How simple the solution! Just pull in the anchor. . . .

 Let me give you a simple tip: We cannot be right with God until we are right with others.

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Prayer

If the only prayer you said in your whole life was,
Thank you, that would suffice.
- Meister Eckhart

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Don’t Get Burned!

 by Charles R. Swindoll

Bad company corrupts good morals. —1 Corinthians 15:33
 Compromise never works. We always get burned. Even though we rationalize around our weak decisions and tell ourselves that wicked associations really won’t harm us (“they’ll get better, our good will rub off their bad!”), we get soiled in the process.

 If you put on a pair of clean white gloves on a rainy day and then go out into the backyard to the flowerbed and pick up a glob of mud, trust me, the mud will never get “glovey.”

 The gloves will definitely get muddy. Every time.

 In all my sixty-plus years on earth, I have never seen glovey mud. Not once.

 In simple terms, that’s what  1 Corinthians 15:33  is saying: “Do not be deceived: ‘Bad company corrupts good morals.’”

n’t Get Burned!
 by Charles R. Swindoll

Bad company corrupts good morals. —1 Corinthians 15:33
 Compromise never works. We always get burned. Even though we rationalize around our weak decisions and tell ourselves that wicked associations really won’t harm us (“they’ll get better, our good will rub off their bad!”), we get soiled in the process.

 If you put on a pair of clean white gloves on a rainy day and then go out into the backyard to the flowerbed and pick up a glob of mud, trust me, the mud will never get “glovey.”

 The gloves will definitely get muddy. Every time.

 In all my sixty-plus years on earth, I have never seen glovey mud. Not once.

 In simple terms, that’s what  1 Corinthians 15:33  is saying: “Do not be deceived: ‘Bad company corrupts good morals.’”

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