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From my family to yours,
Author Michael T. Powers
Honor God in Your Work
by Max Lucado
Heaven's calendar has seven Sundays a week. God sanctifies each
day. He conducts holy business at all hours and in all places. He
uncommons the common by turning kitchen sinks into shrines,
cafés into convents, and nine-to-five workdays into spiritual adventures.
Workdays? Yes, workdays. He ordained your work as something good.
Before he gave Adam a wife or a child, even before he gave Adam britches,
God gave Adam a job. "Then the LORD God took the man and put him
into the garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it" (Gen. 2:15 NASB).
Innocence, not indolence, characterized the first family.
God views work worthy of its own engraved commandment: "You shall
work six days, but on the seventh day you shall rest" (Exod. 34:21 NASB).
We like the second half of that verse. But emphasis on the day of rest
might cause us to miss the command to work: "You shall work six days."
Whether you work at home or in the marketplace, your work matters to God.
And your work matters to society. We need you! Cities need plumbers.
Nations need soldiers. Stoplights break. Bones break. We need people
to repair the first and set the second. Someone has to raise kids, raise
cane, and manage the kids who raise Cain.
Whether you log on or lace up for the day, you imitate God. Jehovah
himself worked for the first six days of creation. Jesus said, "My Father
never stops working, and so I keep working, too" (John 5:17 NCV). Your
career consumes half of your lifetime. Shouldn't it broadcast God? Don't
those forty to sixty hours a week belong to him as well?
The Bible never promotes workaholism or an addiction to employment as
pain medication. But God unilaterally calls all the physically able to till the
gardens he gives. God honors work. So honor God in your work. "There is
nothing better for a man than to eat and drink and tell himself that his
labor is good" (Eccles. 2:24 NASB).
Here is the big idea:
Use your uniqueness (what you do)
to make a big deal out of God (why you do it)
every day of your life (where you do it).
At the convergence of all three, you'll find the cure for the common life:
your sweet spot.
From: Cure for the Common Life: Living in Your Sweet Spot
© (Thomas Nelson Publishers, 2005)
Creation Q & A
Q: Is There Evidence for the Creation Model?
A: When God first created animals, he created them according to their
kinds, with the ability to reproduce, and with instructions to increase in
number and fill the earth (and seas; Genesis 1:20-22, 24-28). After the
Flood, land animals and birds that had been preserved on the Ark again
reproduced to fill the earth (Genesis 8:15-19).
Baraminologists (creation scientists who work to identify created kinds)
have determined that many animals represented by a single breeding pair
on the Ark have diversified so that today they are typically represented by
a whole family. For example, the family Canidae is believed to be made up
of animals from one baramin, a single created kind. This family includes
dogs, wolves, coyotes, foxes, and jackals. It consists of 34 species from
14 genera that are widely distributed on every continent except Antarctica,
confirming that they have indeed increased in number and multiplied on the
earth (cf. Genesis 8:17). The Bible mentions dogs, foxes, wolves, and
possibly jackals. Both dogs and wolves are first mentioned less than a
millennium after the Flood, indicating that diversification occurred very rapidly.
Historically, evolutionists have told us that changes in living things occur
at a slow, deliberate pace. Yet the creation model clearly requires that
significant changes be able to occur quite rapidly, if necessary, as animals
multiply and fill the earth. Today we see animals that have adapted to a
variety of different environments and niches. Is there any scientific evidence
that animals can adapt so quickly? Indeed there is! One example in lizards
appeared in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences earlier this year.
To find out what this example is, see Life: Designed by God to Adapt at http://www.answersingenesis.org/articles/am/v3/n3/life-designed-to-adapt
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Thought For The Day
"You cannot live a perfect day without doing something for someone who
will never be able to repay you." -- John Wooden
Verse for the Day
"And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such
sacrifices God is pleased." -- Hebrews 13:16
Kid's Thought For The Day
"Don't sneeze when someone is cutting your hair."
Parent's Thought For The Day
"Parents can plant magic in a child's mind through certain words spoken
with some thrilling quality of voice, some uplift of the heart and spirit."
Coach's Thought For The Day
"Baseball is the only field of endeavor where a man can succeed three times
out of ten and be considered a good performer." --Ted Williams
Writer's Thought For The Day
"The best way to have a good idea is to have lots of ideas." --Linus Pauling
Deep Thought For The Day
"I've got a wonderful doctor. If you can't afford the operation, he touches up the X rays."
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