08 July 2012

Seven Things Guys Need to Remember at Work

If you never get frustrated, angry or annoyed at work you either aren't employed or you're not telling the truth. Our jobs can bring out the worst in us. Here's seven things to remember as we head off to work this week:

1. Gents, we are Christians first and (fill in the blank) second. We are not defined by what we do or who we are at work. Rather, we're defined by who we are in Christ. The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him. (Romans 8:16-17 ESV)

2. As much as that boss ticks us off, we need to listen and do as we're instructed.  Bondservants, obey your earthly masters with fear and trembling, with a sincere heart, as you would Christ... (Ephesians 6:5 ESV)

3. When that supervisor does ask the impossible, don't start spewing venom at him or anyone else. A fool gives full vent to his spirit, but a wise man quietly holds it back. (Proverbs 29:11 ESV)

4. Since the time of Adam's sin it was declared that we'll have trouble in our daily work. Get used to it. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong. (2 Corinthians 12:10 ESV)

5. Learn to be content as Paul did. Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:11-13 ESV)

6. Let's face it, most of the trouble we have at work is in dealing with other people. Crawford Loritts just reminded us on Facebook that, People are hired for their competency but fired for their lack of character. Let's make sure who we are is more solid than the job we have. Be patient with others. That other guy has just as many problems in his life as you do.  Love is patient and kind...(1 Corinthians 13:4 ESV)

7. After a difficult day, remember that the Lord forgives.

    Bless the LORD, O my soul,
        and forget not all his benefits,
    who forgives all your iniquity,
        who heals all your diseases,
    who redeems your life from the pit,
        who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
    who satisfies you with good
        so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's.
(Psalm 103:2-5 ESV)

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