A colleague shared this with me today. It was written by a young woman in NYC.
We’ve all been exposed.
Not necessarily to the virus
(maybe...who even knows)?
But we’ve all been exposed BY the virus.
Corona is exposing US!
Exposing our weak sides.
Exposing our dark sides.
Exposing what normally lays far beneath the surface of our souls,
hidden by the invisible masks we wear.
Now exposed by the paper masks we can’t hide far enough behind.
Corona is exposing our addiction to comfort.
Our obsession with control.
Our compulsion to hoard.
Our protection of self.
Corona is peeling back our layers.
Tearing down our walls.
Revealing our illusions.
Leveling our best-laid plans.
Corona is exposing the gods we worship:
Our sense of security.
Our favorite lies
Our secret lusts
Our misplaced trust.
Corona is calling everything into question:
What is the church without a building?
What is my worth without an income?
How do we plan without certainty?
How do we love despite risk?
Corona is exposing me.
My mindless numbing
My endless scrolling
My careless words
My fragile nerves.
We’ve all been exposed.
Our junk laid bare.
Our fears made known.
The band-aid torn.
The masquerade done.
So what now? What’s left?
What Corona reveals, God can heal.
Come Lord Jesus.
Have mercy on us!
Dear brothers and sisters,
No matter how frustrating, confusing, or scary this crisis gets, it will pass! Fear doesn't have the final say, 1 John 4:18 says, “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear.” Our hope is built on the perfect love of Jesus Christ, that we have been called to share. And that's exactly what we need to be doing in times of uncertainty! Romans 8:28 tell us that, “ALL THINGS” God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. So, as we navigate through this passing season of uncertainty and those that have yet to come, remember to Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
God is still reigning and ruling!
Be a wise steward of your health and hygiene, and Trust in the Lord!
"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:6-7
Almighty and immortal God, the giver of life and health: We beseech you in your great mercy to stop the spread of the coronavirus and to speed healing to all who are infected and affected by it, that by your blessing upon them and upon those who minister to them they may be restored to health of body and mind according to your gracious will and may give thanks to you; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Are you taking your whole self to work?
Is God a reality in your workplace? In your work day?
Do you take Him to work with you or do you leave him at home or in the car?
Do replace your His Word with the Operations Manual when you walk into your workplace?
Do you pray and surrender yourself to His wisdom and grace before your start your work?
Do you pray before meetings? Do you invite Him into your mind and do your best to honor and glorify Him?
Friend, If your not taking your whole self to work, your being obedient to God's Word and lack of obedience is quite simply disobedience.
I encourage you to ask God to show His presence in your daily workplace. Turn to His Word, meditate and study it, allow the Holy Spirit to reveal His truth to you as you face challenges and difficulties in your work day.
Ask God, to show you how big and capable He really is and then get ready to be surprised!
Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. (Ephesians 3:20 NLT)
May the Holy Spirit, encourage, equip and empower you to boldly share, Our Faith At Work!
Anyone who teaches would most likely tell you how much they learn through that process. Likewise, the act of sharing our faith with our friends and coworkers not only helps us grow, but also influences all of our actions throughout the day.
Hearing ourselves tell others what Christ has done for us and how that has changed our lives keeps that so fresh in our minds that it becomes part of our “public face” and who we are. This changes not only how we behave around others but also how others behave around us.
This is how you, your coworkers and your workplace becomes transformed!
The VERY first thing you must do… if you want to share your faith at work is:
The most important and very first thing you must do, if you ever want to share your faith with coworkers is Nurture Relationships.
You shouldn't expect to be given the opportunity to talk about spiritual topics, unless you're willing to invest your priceless time with those you want to bring to Christ.
To share your faith, you must first deepen relationships with those you work with and be willing...to be transparent about your own faith journey.
As relationships begin to develop and deepen, others tend to become more open to hearing your story, on how God transformed you.
I have often used my own wilderness journey…as a way to draw others into spiritual dialog. Once you open up about your life, it becomes less threatening to others. I have learned transparency…solicits transparency and creates a comfort zone for others.
When you’re willing to reveal your own weaknesses and struggles, you can then convey with sincerity that you have been there, and even if you haven't experienced exactly what they have and don't have all the answers, you know the guy who does!
And he knows their struggles and helped you through yours.
Always remember, it is not about religion, it's always about a relationship with Jesus!
He is, the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.
The stress filled Aviation Industry - Airports - Corporate America - or wherever the Lord has placed and equipped you to make a living and serve him are some of the richest mission fields on this earth!
And If you’re not sure about that?
Then let me ask you a question. How would you describe your work place?
> Would you describe it as dark place…in need of the light of Christ?
> Would you describe it as a spiritual wasteland...in which you rarely see God's presence?
> Or would you describe it…as a ripe, rich mission field in which you have been divinely placed?
I don't know what you do for a living but I do know this, if you are a true disciple of Jesus Christ, I know who your boss is and what your mission is. It is to simply to serve and glorify God where he has placed you!
Brothers and Sisters, look around you! The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few!