by Tammy Karasek
Have you ever shown up for work, whether a volunteer project or paid job, with a bad or less than excited attitude and just decided to do the bare minimum that was required of you?
Yeah, me neither!
Okay, so that’s false! I have to say that I’m not proud of the fact that I have done so more times than I’d care to admit.
“And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” Colossians 3:17
But what’s the difference, right? The job was done. What’s the problem?
Well, there’s a big problem. Whether you have raised your hand to volunteer for a project or have been hired and will be paid for a job, there are certain (more…)
by Brenda McGraw
With every beat of our heart, we are given the choice to experience gratitude. Yet many times we choose the ungrateful beat instead, whining and complaining about our circumstances and surroundings. We may have had a bad day, or yelled at our kids or spouse, and we mope around feeling sorry for ourselves.
We have a grouchy heart.
It doesn’t sound nice, does it? So why do we let the world defeat us?
Now picture a heart beating for Jesus. It’s a big heart, full of love and gratitude. It sings, “Because I’m happy. . .” It’s a playful heart that tells others of the good things God has done and is doing in its life. It’s a bouncy heart that bounces (more…)
By Trina Bresser Matous
Several years ago my church hosted an evening women’s event. I was not able to go, but heard from friends who were there about an incident that left some people feeling uncomfortable. Shortly afterward I ran into another friend, the MC of the event, and mentioned to her what I’d heard. I was passing on less than flattering information I had not actually witnessed. The MC, a wise and mature Christian woman, saw my words for what they were, gossip (though I didn’t see I was gossiping at the time), and gently admonished me for what I said.
In Colossians 3.16, Paul lays the groundwork for this kind of admonishment.
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom …”
Let the Word of Christ
While Paul used the phrase “word of God” 12 times in his epistles, he used “word of Christ” only twice. Some commentators think that Paul’s focus on Christ in his letter to the Colossians motivated him to refer to the word of Christ rather than the word of God in this letter.
Let is a verb and in this case connotes action. Paul calls us to do something with the words Jesus spoke. In order to take the appropriate action, we must first know and understand them. (more…)
By Kim Gunderson
photo by Kim Gunderson
She looked at me with those big, dark brown eyes. “It was a horrible day.” Tears of frustration flowed as she poured out her disappointment and struggles over something that happened during school.
Partway through her tale of woe, the conversation shifted from sharing about a specific circumstance to creating a litany of all that was wrong in her life. That’s when I knew it was time to ask the question.
by Tammy Karasek
Photo courtesy of Canva.com
Do you tend to take charge without considering others on your team? Or do you feel overwhelmed and unneeded when someone on your project is a stronger personality? To be honest, I have felt both ways.
And I was wrong.
Let me explain.
“And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.” Colossians 3:15
As the scripture above states, we are called to be one body. That means we must work in unison, together. Not only work together but have peace in our hearts and be thankful for the opportunity.
There are times when someone has to be in charge. If that’s not us, we have to be able to work together and be at peace about it. Even though the person in charge may not (more…)