Discussing ministry in the workplace – “Whatever your passion is, that’s your vision”

Being Alone

I sat alone because Your hand was on me. Jeremiah 15:17 NIV

I get a daily devotional called The Word For Today which has great messages. Today’s centred around the above verse and reminded the readers of the number of times that Jesus withdrew to be alone, or when Daniel, Elijah and Moses all had times of withdrawal and being alone.

When I read this message I was reminded why I love being alone. I run a business at home and of the 14 years I’ve been in business I have been in my home alone for the most part. Sometimes a family member or two are around but most times I am alone so I can get on with my work and just think and read uninterrupted.

I love that I can sit in the office early morning, read my bible, have breakfast and a cuppa and catch up on all the messages that have arrived overnight. I have many friends overseas who all have similar outlooks on life and it’s always good to catch up with them.  But most of all I just like to be able to sit, contemplate, think, write and pray and not have to answer anyone’s questions of ‘what are you doing?’ or feel that the constant noise around me is disturbing. In fact, other than my fingers on my keyboard, the only other ‘noise’ nearby is the radio that is on all day long.  It is tuned to a Christian station and so the songs, and chatter are uplifting, encouraging and often have some humour in it.

As mentioned in today’s Word For Today, I do not feel lonely – and I enjoy being alone.  Perhaps this too is evidence of the confidence I have that I am where God wants me to be, doing the work He intended for me.

5 Comments so far »

  1. by Wendy Weightman, on February 9 2008 @ 12:10 am

     

    Hi Kathie

    This is exactly what I am looking forward to – whole days of time home alone to focus more on my business, and to focus more clearly on my goals.

    I also work from home as a Virtual Assistant, mostly focusing on digital transcription and working with headphones on.

    The last of our four children has just started fulltime work this week, after three years of university that saw him coming and going at different times each day, and usually only three days a week. It meant that I had other adults home at least half of my ‘business hours’! Although one of the reasons I love working from home is for the flexibility it offers to work around family and other commitments, hobbies, etc.

    I’m really looking forward to establishing and getting into a routine of more business hours and just generally being less distracted at incidental times during the day.

  2. by Kathie, on February 9 2008 @ 12:17 am

     

    Hey Wendy, great to hear from you! It’s amazing too, how quickly your time can get filled with things that can be distracting too – that is one thing I have to work on always. Managing multiple blogs and writing has become a passion and I often want to write when I should be doing work. However, just the peace and quiet of home (office) alone is a real blessing and I don’t get stressed like I did in my corporate office days.

  3. by Karen O'Bannon, on February 9 2008 @ 10:42 pm

     

    Being alone does have its benefits. I, too, am a loner. When I was younger I didn’t think I wanted to be. But today I’m sure I don’t mind. Being alone allows me to think. I also get so much more done when there are no interruptions.

  4. by Beverly, on February 9 2008 @ 10:47 pm

     

    I, too, share your sentiments about being home alone. That means I can spend at much time as I want to with our Father as I want to. I can praise, shout, cry or whatever! And in my darkest hours, I know He’s right here to comfort me like no co-worker in corporate america ever could.

  5. by Rodney Olsen, on February 25 2008 @ 2:48 am

     

    I just discovered your blog. Brilliant.

    I do like to have time on my own, and a big part of my job involves sitting in a padded room for several hours a day, but I do enjoy the interaction with others.

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About Author

John 5:17
Jesus said to them, "My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I, too, am working."

My name is Kathie and I live in Melbourne, Australia. I grew up always knowing that God was with me and formally accepted Christ as my Saviour when I was 14 years old. I have had many experiences where God has been involved at my places of work and amongst my work colleagues.

A few years ago I heard the founder of Australian Christian TV speak - I don't remember a lot of his talk but I do remember one particular phrase that has stuck with me ever since. He said "Whatever your passion is, that's your vision" . It struck a chord with me and I realised that the very things that made me passionate are the same things that I do daily in my business, and through those things I know I touch many lives. I believe I am where our Lord wants me to be.

 

I've recently been reading Faith & Work: Do They Mix? by Os Hillman. Excellent book and it was whilst reading it, I got the idea for this blog - and was pleasantly surprised that this domain was waiting for me to purchase. I will be sharing what I've been learning through reading and research in the hope that it will also provide answers to your searches and prayers. Would love to hear from you. Bless you, KMT