O, wait… I forgot…
Over the past 18 months as I have gone through some of my own personal and professional trials, I have had a lot of people say a lot of things in an attempt to help me through my sufferings. Some of the advice and statements have been helpful, others, just inane. It was the latter that is behind the post What Not to Say When You Friends Are Hurting over at Relevant Magazine. It’s quite good and I’m fully on board with the author’s intent, especially when he points out that by being pithy with the truth, we are actually being profane:
They labor in vain who build it.
Truly, we need these words in so many endeavors in our lives. How many relationships, job, projects, things we’ve set out to do, did we do without consulting the Omniscient God who is. Just in thinking about my first marriage has me asking the question: did I labor in vain in building that marriage?
The Psalmist could not be more clear. Everything we do, needs to be done with the LORD in view, seeking His guidance and direction. In fact, if the LORD is not in it, it is not worth doing, no matter what it is. We need to seek Him in all things. Jesus put it this way: seek first the kingdom of God and all these things will be added unto you (memory version). He also said, He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit, for without Me you can do nothing.
Sure, we can do lots of things without the LORD. But doing so leads to nothing. How many marriages are on the brink because those involved sought each other first, and tacked on the LORD like an iPhone app?
The LORD needs to build our homes, marriages and careers. To not seek Him or wait on Him, is to labor in vain.
I was reminded by a dear sister in the LORD not to shy back from who I am in Christ just to get a job. We are never told that in Scripture. So the blog is back. Hopefully any future employers will see that I am true to who God calls me to be, and not two-faced as so many are in our world.
Yes, I am a Christian.
Yes, I am conservative.
But those things should not prevent me from doing a great job for whoever hires me. In fact, they will enhance and ensure the fact that I will do a great job for whoever hires me.
I love the video because it reminds me of what was good about America, even though it is done in the sadder, minor key. I feel like it is more appropriate for what our country has become over the last 50 years.
It makes me long for Christ’s return.