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I stumbled upon a new Website called Godtube.com. It’s similar to Youtube, but with a Christian direction. Much healthier, much cleaner, and so much better for you!

One video brought tears to my eyes. As a father of a young boy, I know how much I love my son. I suppose God loved Jesus infinitely more than I love my son, so His pain must have been incomprehensible. This video on Godtube.com is so intense, so precious, that I had to make mention of it here. If you want to know what God would do for us, watch the video and think….

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To be very honest, most people who view my blog come to me by search engine terms. Every day, someone in the world views my site using the search words: work, God, meaning, purpose, good attitude, godly attitude, etc…

This is such a clear message to me: we’re all searching for meaning in our work, and as Christians, we seek to have a godly attitude (and not just a good one). Some days work is difficult because we work with other humans, broken, fallen, and sinful as we are. It’s not a coincidence or a matter f chance that offices have cubicle friction, departmental battles, and lunchroom gossip. We all have suffered at one time or another the trials of work. Again, without God, work is a battle.

With God at the center  of our lives–with us abiding in Him–work is no more trouble than walking through the park. He is the One working through us. He is the Boss, the CEO. With that in mind, our attitudes at work change. Yes, it still can be a struggle because we often try to do things on our own strength. But with a reminder each moment that He is the One we work for, ultimately, our perspectives change. For each confrontation, for each situation, God is there working it all out for us.

I got the writing below in an e-mail, so I’m not sure if “Joe and Maggie” are the real authors. But it’s a gem, and it came to me on a day when I was indeed struglling in my cubicle. Struggling with pride, with people, with stress. After I read it, I nodded my head in agreement and bowed my heart before Him. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did (in Canada!).

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Psalm 23 (for work) The Lord is my real boss, and I shall not want.
He gives me peace, when chaos is all around me.
He gently reminds me to pray and do all things without murmuring and complaining.
He reminds me that he is my source and not my job. He restores my sanity everyday and guides my decisions that I might honor him in all that I do.
Even though I face absurd amounts of e-mails, system crashes, unrealistic deadlines, budget cutbacks, gossiping co-workers, discriminating supervisors and an aging body that doesn’t cooperate every morning, I still will not stop— for He is with me! His presence, His peace, and His power will see me through.

He raises me up, even when they fail to promote me. He claims me as His own, even when the company threatens to let me go. His Faithfulness and love is better than any bonus check.

His retirement plan beats every 401k there is!
When it’s all said and done, I’ll be working for Him a whole lot longer and for that, I BLESS HIS NAME!!!!!!

Joe & Maggie

I’ve been writing about unemployment, underemployment, contract employment, and now full-time permanent employment, and I think I’ve seen clear evidence of God’s provisions throughout each stage over the six months. I’ve gone from fervent prayer for provisions, blinded by my own unbelief at times. I’ve seen answers for our prayers from unexpected places, answers that would keep us “buoyant” throughout my period of contract employment. And now with a permanent role at the company with full benefits, what I thought would be a bigger pay cheque is actually just the right amount we need to live on.

My wife and I keep a daily spending diary so that we can track our spending habits over the month. We have known that we were spending about $400 to $500 dollars more than my income each month during my three months as a contract worker (basically a full-time temporary employee). Even though we are extra careful with our spending habits, meticulously recording our purchases, the $400-$500 dollars is just the cost of a three-person household, with infant needs. Now that I’m on a better salary–and I’ve celebrated this in my blog here–it looks like the extra monthly salary covers that amount we’ve been using from our savings.

My point is this: God gives us what we need to live. He has never promised us world riches, six-digit incomes, or mansions to live in. Rather, He states so clearly that He looks after the birds in the air who do not toil for their food. As His children, we are so much more important to Him than birds, and will He not, then, provide for us?

Stated a different way, but also paraphrasing from the Bible, what kind of father would, if asked from his child to give him something nice, give him a piece of coal or rock? Our Father in heaven, then, hears our prayers, knows our needs, and by our faith and prayers, we believe that He will always provide a way for us.

I’m not sure how many times I’ve written that in my blog, and I’m not certain how many times I’ve thought of it over the past six or seven months. More importantly, what I am sure of is how many times I’ve seen its fruition. God provides. Simply put, clearly seen, and truthfully stated.

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"Wanderlust: A Social History of Travel," by Laura Byrne Paquet (Fredericton:Goose Lane Editions, 2007) "The Global Soul: Jet Lag, Shopping malls, and the Search for Home," by Pico Iyer (Toronto: Random House of Canada, 2000). "Outliers: The Story of Success," by Malcolm Gladwell (New York: Little, Brown, and Company, 2008).

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