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

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My husband and I spent the long weekend away from home, enjoying some of what nature has to offer in our beautiful Victorian countryside. We spent a day at Mt Buffalo and in reality, we probably needed a good week there. So many tracks to wander along, so many sights to really take time to stop and enjoy. Our visit was fleeting but pleasant on a beautiful sunny but cold winter’s day.

I took this picture because it reminded me of someone I know online who recently felt like he was at the end of his tether. So much so he almost took his life but friends stepped in at the crucial moment. I like to believe that’s because God wasn’t ready for this man to leave this world yet.

Often there are times when we feel like we’re stuck between a rock and hard place, with nowhere to go and life being squeezed out of us. But when I saw this fern growing between two large rocks on Mt Buffalo I felt God saying to me that there is life, even between the rock and the hard place.

This fern found something to grab hold of and grow upon, just as we must grab onto our own personal rock and foundation, our Lord Jesus Christ. In Him there is always hope and people can always survive and flourish, even if it appears to many they are in an impossible place in their lives. If you are reading this right now and feel that you are in this place of nowhere else to go, then know there is something you need to do.

Psalm 46:10 Be still and know that I am God. He wants you to be still and listen to Him, reach out to Him and really listen. That deep, dark place you are in right now is only temporary, it is not permanent. Know that tomorrow, God’s tomorrow, will be a very different place for you and there is still hope, there is still life. Be still and know that He is God.

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Home is a workplace too

I’ve shared often about ministering at work and in the workplace, and through business, but ministering at home is also very important. For those women who are stay at home mothers, or are work at home mothers, they need to share their time amongst their children and other activities.  Some days can seem so mundane and the same ole, same ole, but what they are doing is a very important job.

So, for all those mothers at home, and for those who need to work outside the home, this message is for you!

For all those mothers out there. Do you know your true worth to your family?  You are truly a Proverbs 31 woman.

Please do pass it on!

Mothers Day is just weeks away, did you know that?

Last year I published a book based on the Proverbs 31:10 verse “She is Worth More Than Rubies” and it spoke of the value of a wife and mother in the home.

With the demands we have in life, jobs, interests, needs, etc it is sometimes very hard to focus on our near and dear, those who really have need of us.

Nearly 15 years ago I went through a real struggle, coping with a corporate job and managing a household which consisted of a husband and 5 young daughters. I thought I was going to go crazy and I probably did, because a decision I made back then probably would not have come to fruition if it weren’t for some things that took place in my life to encourage me.  I probably would have continued on oblivious to the changes I could make in my life.

Have you noticed that when you are desperate and leaning towards a particular thought, that other things around you seem to congregate together to reinforce and confirm that thing?

This has been known as a number of things – I like to think of it as the RAS or the reticular activation system – what you think about you are drawn towards. Today many talk of The Secret or the Law of Attraction – it’s the same thing. But this is also a biblical principal as I mentioned in my earlier post at “The Law of Attraction – a Christian View”.

For me, it was simple. I desperately wanted to be at home for my family. I needed to earn an income. I had good skills and needed to find a way I could use them and earn money at home.

I won a coveted prize in my city – Secretary of the Year in 1993 for the state of Victoria (Australia) and this was sponsored by Microsoft. Amongst my prize package was the full MS Office suite of that time.

We didn’t have a PC at home at that stage but I said to my husband if we did, I could work at home.  So we set about shopping for a PC for home – funny but not many people had computers at home in those days. I already had an Atari I used for music and simple databases and typing of stories but now I was moving into the ‘big stuff’.  From that moment on a seed was sown in my head and within 6 months I’d left my safe, secure, government job and was setting up business at home.

I have not looked back – I love being home, I love that I have been here for our daughters as they grew up.  They’re all now in their 20s but have very little recollection of a mum who worked in a job – my ‘job’ was at home where I belonged.

image descriptionGoing back to Mothers Day. The book I mentioned would make a wonderful gift for anyone you know who has the same hankering, the same passion, desire, call it what you will. I do believe that “Worth More Than Rubies” will not only confirm for the reader of their true worth but will also set them on the path to discovering what they can do to return home to work. Now, wouldn’t that make a wonderful Mothers Day gift?

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.

It’s been interesting to see the comments online and various reports about the Law of Attraction. As if it’s new thinking or something.

Back in the early 1990s I learnt about the ‘RAS’, the reticular activation system from a doctor in psychosomatic medicine. Works pretty much on the same principle.

What you think about you are drawn towards… Your mind is like a magnet… What goes around comes around… You reap what you sow… Do any of these sound familiar?

If you are a woman wanting to have a baby, everywhere you look there are pregnant women, or women with pushers or young children, aren’t there?

If you’re a guy shopping for your first car, the make and model (or colour) that you’re interested in seems to be everywhere doesn’t it?

What about when you were learning to drive and told to look out for that xxx… did you hit it? Or come very close to hitting it?

Being focused on something means that we are aware of when that something is around us or passing us, or we are passing it. We become more alert – our radar is active and draws our attention to what we might ordinarily pass by in other circumstances. Our subconscious kicks in and is seeking out opportunities for the very thing for which we crave or seek, whether that thing be good for us or not.

What we think about – both negative and positive – can affect the way we live our lives and what happens to us in our lives. There’s nothing magic about it at all. But some have learnt to better harness this wonderful ability we all have. Both Dale Carnegie and Napoleon Hill wrote about this law many years ago. And heaps of others since. As each generation grows up, they rediscover this law.

What does the bible tell us about it?

Matt 7:7 For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. (NLT)

Luke 11:10 For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. (NLT)

Luke 6:38 Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. (NIV)

Gal 6:7 Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. (NIV)

In the first two above we’re encouraged to ask God for what we want. That doesn’t mean we will get everything we ask for – not everything we ask for is good for us, but if we are sincere within and what we ask for is in His will, we will get it. Some prefer to make it happen in their own right, rather than waiting on God, and this often means we go through challenges in life that aren’t necessarily good to go through (think about Abraham and Sarah when trying to have a son of their own – see Genesis chapters 16-25).

And if we are persistent and keep working towards a certain goal we will most likely achieve it, if we don’t undermine ourselves. Many think that overnight successes are ‘lucky’ but the reality is they’ve spent years working towards a goal to achieve it – although the general public aren’t aware of those people till they’ve ‘made it’! So how focussed are you on your goals or are you easily distracted?

By the way, has it occurred to you that your goals or desires within may be related to the very reason God has placed you on this earth?

Pay it forward… is another saying – giving to others without expectation invariably means that later down the track, when you have need something will be given back to you. Luke 6:38 backs this up and when you think about it, so does Gal 6:7. Basically God views our actions and responds accordingly. Kind of makes you want to start giving daily doesn’t it? And that doesn’t mean money necessarily – giving of yourself is a very important part in this law of attraction to work!

For more thoughts on a Christian view of the Law of Attraction, why not visit Three Sticks – Personal Development for Christians which has an excellent post on this topic.

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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