It’s not that I couldn’t or won’t ever write management books or other advice stories, but for now I would rather stick with writing about the Lord. But if I were to write about working, I would write about with a mixture of work advice and scripture advice: because God DOES give working advice, like in Ecclesiastes 5 life advice: ‘This is what I have observed to be good: that it is appropriate for a person to eat, to drink and to find satisfaction in their toilsome labor under the sun during the few days of life God has given them—for this is their lot. Moreover, when God gives someone wealth and possessions, and the ability to enjoy them, to accept their lot and be happy in their toil—this is a gift of God. They seldom reflect on the days of their life, because God keeps them occupied with GLADNESS OF HEART.’
So much I want to remind folks, work wise, that YOU can make a DIFFERENCE at work with the Lord’s Work, that you can listen to the Lord to decide where your energies should be spent. If we follow God’s plan for our work, God keeps us occupied with GLADNESS OF HEART.
There are people and life creatures and moments of work and relaxation (like with that cat on the couch AND outside). As always, Heavenly Hopes are found and caught in earthly places. We find working order on earth because there is order in Heaven. We see disorder on earth because we are not in Heaven, yet. We have a choice to make earth work better or just let it all slide… I chose to not let it slide….
There’s much busy activity this springtime, and warm weather feels good for flowers and creatures. Work on a house across from me proceeded all winter, really took shape and now with longer daylight there are different someones there 7am to 7pm. The cat likes to watch the birds working while inside and out – and we love these great temperatures. Life Springs alive in Springtime. Life is remembered as renewed thru Easter and hope.
What a great time to thank and appreciate God. We look up to God, like we are looking up from earth, Psalm 104 says God sends His spirit and makes creatures from dust and renews the face of the ground. In this springtime of renewal, the face of this earth grows flowers and leaves, baby creatures too. If we get out there, we can see it open before our eyes. The hard work of the day and a week in our lives are but a milli-fraction of the Work God had shown around us. The dead-looking branches bud and life renews in intricate ways. Flowers seem to unfold from nothing – even if I do understand the science of it all – it is still always AMAZING, and on plan.
Yes, it is a good season for us praising the Lord and working hard and resting well. Gladness of Heart and purpose of season.
In the song of Psalm 104: let us sing Gladness for God.
I will sing to the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live. May my meditation be pleasing to him, as I rejoice in the Lord.
Amen! Amen!! AMEN !!!
Praise the Lord, my soul. Lord my God, you are very great; you are clothed with splendor and majesty. The Lord wraps himself in light as with a garment; he stretches out the heavens like a tent and lays the beams of his upper chambers on their waters. He makes the clouds his chariot and rides on the wings of the wind. He makes winds his messengers, flames of fire his servants. He set the earth on its foundations; it can never be moved. You covered it with the watery depths as with a garment; the waters stood above the mountains. But at your rebuke the waters fled, at the sound of your thunder they took to flight; they flowed over the mountains, they went down into the valleys, to the place you assigned for them. You set a boundary they cannot cross; never again will they cover the earth.
He makes springs pour water into the ravines; it flows between the mountains. They give water to all the beasts of the field; the wild donkeys quench their thirst. The birds of the sky nest by the waters; they sing among the branches. He waters the mountains from his upper chambers; the land is satisfied by the fruit of his work. He makes grass grow for the cattle, and plants for people to cultivate— bringing forth food from the earth: wine that gladdens human hearts, oil to make their faces shine, and bread that sustains their hearts. The trees of the Lord are well watered, the cedars of Lebanon that he planted. There the birds make their nests; the stork has its home in the junipers. The high mountains belong to the wild goats; the crags are a refuge for the hyrax.
He made the moon to mark the seasons, and the sun knows when to go down. You bring darkness, it becomes night, and all the beasts of the forest prowl. The lions roar for their prey and seek their food from God. The sun rises, and they steal away; they return and lie down in their dens. Then people go out to their work, to their labor until evening.
How many are your works, Lord! In wisdom you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures. There is the sea, vast and spacious, teeming with creatures beyond number— living things both large and small. There the ships go to and fro, and Leviathan, which you formed to frolic there. All creatures look to you to give them their food at the proper time. When you give it to them, they gather it up; when you open your hand, they are satisfied with good things. When you hide your face, they are terrified; when you take away their breath, they die and return to the dust. When you send your Spirit, they are created, and you renew the face of the ground.
May the glory of the Lord endure forever; may the Lord rejoice in his works— he who looks at the earth, and it trembles, who touches the mountains, and they smoke.
I will sing to the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live. May my meditation be pleasing to him, as I rejoice in the Lord. But may sinners vanish from the earth and the wicked be no more.
Praise the Lord, my soul.
Praise the Lord.