Our Attitude about Work

How do we know that we’re on the right career path? Listen and learn:

Brother Lawrence may have lived in the 1600s, but he’s got some good advice on how Faith and Work go together. Read a few of his insights.

Be inspired by this story about “working as unto the Lord.”

When is a job just that: a job?

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Don’t get “lost in transition”

At Christ Community Church we are reading the Gospel of Mark together. This week we’re in chapter 2; and as we heard in Sunday’s message, Jesus is still bringing change to his people. To hear or read more connected to our series, “Who do you say I am?” visit our church’s current series website (or in the archives).

So how do we treat these transitions?

Sarah shares about trusting God with the future over at The Evangelical Outpost.

Distinct Disciples offers some suggestions for honouring God and leaving well when you know it’s time to resign from your current role at work.

The High Calling offers a number of posts and links for changes at home, work and in the community. Be sure to click on them!

This post addresses life transitions.

Sunday Follow Up

Yesterday, March 17, 2013, Pastor Chelsey shared a message from 1 John 1.5-10 entitled “God is Light.” You can listen to that message on Christ Community Church’s sermon webpage. By the way, if you listen to the sermon, you’ll notice that it ends abruptly with a lot of coughing. Here’s the quote not heard:

There are two ways of spreading light– to be the candle, or the mirror that reflects it.

-Edith Wharton

One of the things from that message concerned the freedom- or lightness- in decision making that we have in and from our fellowship with Christ. As we seek “to be in the light as God is in the light,” our choices, actions, and attitudes seek to please our Saviour before anyone else.

B.J. Stockman expounds on this idea in his post, “The Goal of Life is not to be Liked.”

This post is a follow up to a message preached by Rev. Chelsey Harmon at Christ Community Church in Nanaimo, BC. It is meant to challenge followers of Christ in their everyday living.

The Dangers Within: Envy

Mustache EnvyHave you ever said, “I’m so jealous!” when you hear of a friend’s awesome vacation plans, promotion, or new car? Most of the time we don’t really mean it. In fact, we may be saying it just to make sure they know how excited we are for them.

But sometimes, our motives aren’t so good and the words “I’m jealous!” tell the truth more than we realize. Looking at what others’ have compared to what we have, we become less content and more restless. Envy lurks within.

“Is Facebook envy making you miserable?” discusses the connection between Facebook and envy.
Michelle Van Loon offers a reflective self-diagnosis on the dangers (and losses) of housing envy at Her.meneutics.
And GroundWork media continues their series with an episode on Envy.

If not envy, then what? How about contentment and simplicity?
Donald Miller offers some thoughts on the downsized life at Storyline.
And here’s a blog list of sites to introduce, encourage and resource simple living.

This post is for adults and families and provides insights, stories and ideas that relate to envy, contentment, and simplicity.

Photo by Hey Paul Studios. Used with permission. Sourced by Flickr.

The Dangers Within: Pride

Over the next number of weeks, the blog will be using the Seven Deadly Sins as its guide for themes and resources. We live in a dangerous world; the important- yet tricky- part is recognizing how much of that danger lies within ourselves. It’s easy to focus on the external, but in the weeks leading up to Good Friday and Easter especially, Christians are invited to take a closer look at what lies within. Will you join us?

First up, GroundWork is doing a radio series on the Seven Deadly Sins. In the episode “Pride,” the hosts draw helpful distinctions between self-esteem and pride and discuss a couple of biblical stories for contemplation.

Be wary of your self-love and esteem going too far. Mark Fox reminds us,

Looking inward for hope, help, self-esteem, courage, joy, peace or love is the very thing the Bible teaches us not to do.

And yet, that’s exactly what someone with too much pride does. Sadly, most of the time we don’t even realize we’re sinning because we aren’t out for more money or power or prestige, but out for more happiness, recognition and meaning.

Trillia Newbell offers some chastising words on false humility when trying to combat pride in “Wage War by Rejoicing.”

Finally, if not pride, then what? Let Mark Altrogge’s “22 Ways to Humble Ourselves” guide you closer to God.

 

This post is for adults and provides resources and challenges for our attitudes and Christian life. Specifically, it name the sin of pride and encourages humility.

Work and Prayer

At Christ Community Church, we’re taking a four week look at prayer. For more information, visit our website.

How does prayer relate to your day job?

Taylor Barkley asks the challenging question, “Why Aren’t We Praying from 9-5?

Ed Cyzewski offers another good reason to pray for and at your workplace: the devil and your own sinfulness are busy causing mayhem!

I used to think that I could win my spiritual battles with a one-time prayer encounter in church. The reality was that I needed to expand my spiritual battle plans into the office, the kitchen, and the living room. I needed to make daily investments in the life of God.

And here’s a prayer from Stanley Hauerwas that you can offer for your work over at Distinct Disciples.

This post concerns prayer and the workplace.

New year, new you?

New Year’s resolutions has its roots in a religious ceremony practiced by the Babylonians, but like many things religious, it’s grown into something much more widely practiced by the secular world. (We Christians feel this ever so sharply every time we see a bunny at Easter, for instance.)

The act of taking stock of your life and how you’re living isn’t a bad idea, especially since we are always on the journey of faith and sanctification. So shouldn’t our resolutions, plans and goals be at least a little different than the rest of the world’s?

To get you reflecting here are some examples from other Christians.
In this short devotional by Brenda Wood from November, you’ll find less of an actual set of resolutions and more of a mindset for all of life.
Shane Claiborne shares his hopes for 2013 over at Red Letter Christians.
And Mark McIntyre’s Reluctant Resolutions are going to be the kind you’re going to want to emulate.

In 2013, may you grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour!

This post applies to the Christian life and discipleship and discusses resolutions and goals.