Tuesday, 14 January 2020

How to be the dream employee that every employer wants



Today we look at a guide from the bible on how to drive our career and businesses and it's one of my personal favorites - the concept of time and chance. Growing up my parents taught me that every time I happened to come across an opportunity to do something, I should do it well. I have since made it a point of duty in my career to find opportunities and recognize every assignment as an opportunity.  

As I grew older, I saw another side of this time and chance concept. Someone who was absolutely not the best fit for a job was asked to do it just because they were the only ones available at the time. And that taught me another lesson—not just to be able to do things well but also to show up where and when it matters.

Every employer’s dream is to have capable hands show up when it matters. There’s no point in being the best at the job if you are always unavailable. And there is also no point being at work on the day the boss needs someone to do something urgently if you haven’t learned to do your job well or if you don’t step up and take a chance.

Look back in the annals of history; many people who we have come to admire now were men and women who happened to be at the right place, at the right time, and with the right skills to make the most of an opportunity that presented itself.  The scientist who made great discoveries, musicians who created great pieces, colleagues who got promotions, politicians who ascended to power—even bible heroes that conquered cities!

So you need to skill up, step up and always show up, to make it count.


Bible Reading: “The race is not to the swift nor the battle to the strong but time and chance happens to them all” Ecclesiastes 9:11


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Tuesday, 7 January 2020

Saved by Grace Alone


Hilda slowly drove into the garage of her home after a long day at work. She turned off the car engine, grabbed her bag and went into the house. But as she walked in, she heard her husband tell her to stop at the door. There was glass all over the floor. Her daughter had broken a vase.

Hilda felt anger rise in her. She vividly remembered telling her daughter not to go near the vase. She had taken time to explain why it was important to handle it properly and that it was irreplaceable. “Please don’t punish her.” Tim’s voice broke her into her thoughts. “And why not? Hilda retorted. Why should Hilda spare her daughter after this act of disobedience?

The answer is simple: grace, something we get when we don’t deserve it. From the beginning of time, God has commanded us to avoid doing wrong. But, we just couldn’t do that, starting with the first occupants of the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve.

We live in a broken world filled with human error. We all deserve to be punished for our disobedience; but God showed grace to man through the birth and death of his Son, Jesus, as the exchange for all our sins—once and for all. As Hebrews 10:12 explains, “But when this priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God.”

This removes any doubts that we can save ourselves. Our numerous acts of kindness, while nice, can’t save our souls. The generous donations we make can’t protect us from God’s wrath. Even our religious activities are just activities.

So you can quit all the self-condemnation and endless quest to save your soul. It’s been done already. You only have to receive God’s forgiveness by faith through his son Jesus and enjoy the life it brings. Like what happened next in Hilda’s story, her daughter apologized for disobeying her mom and Hilda chose to forgive her and not punish her for it. As written in 1 John 1:9, “But if we confess our sins to God, he can always be trusted to forgive us and take our sins away”.

Now that’s grace, simply defined.

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Wednesday, 1 January 2020

2020 Vision

Wishing you and your loved ones clarity of vision in 2020, that you would know God's best plan and paths for your lives and that you will follow it.

"Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, "This is the way; walk in it." Isaiah 30:21 (NIV) 

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Saturday, 21 December 2019

Be comfortable in your own shoes

My dad told me a story when I was little —a very funny one, I must say. It wasn’t until I had had a good laugh that I got the point of what he was trying to say. I hope you will too. He said that a farmer set out to buy some tools that he would need for the planting season. When he got to the market, he bought a bucket and a basket

On the way to his farm, the bucket and basket conversed between themselves. They were so excited to be on their way to fulfill the purpose for which they had been made. After spending a great deal of time on the market shelves, they were grateful to be off to work. When they reached the farmer’s house, he kept them in his farm shed and went in for a good night’s rest.

With the first ray of sunlight, the farmer was dressed and ready to begin his chores. He headed straight for the shed, picked up the bucket, and, without further ado, headed straight for the farm. All day, the bucket was used to irrigate the farm and all day, the basket sat still in the farm shed, awaiting his time to get to work. 

Up until that point, neither the bucket nor the basket understood their purpose; but as the hours turned to days and days to weeks, the bucket began to feel misused. He would return with the farmer to the shed exhausted and there stood the basket looking relaxed, fresh, and radiant with life. The bucket felt that the farmer was mistaken about his use. He wondered why he had to do all the work while the basket just sat there in the shed taking up space and enjoying peace and tranquility.

Every night for three months, the bucket would pray to the Maker to change him into a basket so he wouldn’t have to work another day on the farm. He wanted to be a basket and sit idly in the shed all day. Finally one night when the Maker had had enough of the bucket’s complaints, he granted his wish and, on that very night, turned him into a basket. The bucket-turned-basket was overjoyed as he anticipated the next day, knowing he would not have to work but would instead sit around the shed like the basket had been doing. 

At the dawn of the next day, the farmer came into the shed and was shocked to see two baskets. He wondered what had happened to his beloved bucket but didn’t give it much thought. He was actually grateful and thanked God for providing him with a second basket to make his work easier. He grabbed both baskets and headed for the farm, singing praises along the way as he went. The bucket-turned-basket was stunned; he wondered why the farmer hadn’t left them sitting idly in the shed like he had done with the first basket every day for the last three months. 

What the bucket-turned-basket didn’t realize was that it was the beginning of the harvest season—the season for baskets to work. The buckets were made to irrigate the land for a very short period during the dry season, while the baskets were made to carry weeds and fruits during the rainy season, which typically lasted twice as long as the dry season.
Since the bucket-turned-basket decided to circumvent his purpose, he had to spend the entire planting season working. How grand is that?

“For everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven”
Ecclesiastes 3:1

Saturday, 7 December 2019

Blossom


Christmas is only a few weeks away and it’s a great time to show people just how much we care. As we celebrate God's gift to mankind through the birth of his son Jesus, we can celebrate and encourage people around with words that endure.

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"He has made everything beautiful in its time”
Ecclesiastes 3:1


Sunday, 1 December 2019

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Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Rainbow in the Fountain


With all the saddening news around, it’s very easy to miss out on the beautiful things in the world—simple pleasures like the rays of the sun forming rainbows in a fountain you pass every day. Sometimes, you have to stop and look to really see the joys of life. They’re all around you, little blessings that make you smile.

Forget about the troubles engulfing your heart and turning it cold. Look around you. What do you see? At first, you may see a maddening traffic jam that inspires rage in your heart. If you look beyond that, you may see the clouds parting slightly or new rays of sunlight welcoming the day. You may notice birds flying as they search for their meals.

As you continue to observe beyond the obvious, you may smell the fresh scent of dew on leaves as the wind rustles the trees around you. You may hear running water flowing in a nearby stream.  As you take in the world, you may begin to appreciate the fact that you’re able to experience this world because you’re alive and living in it.

But maybe this experience of beauty is disturbed by a flickering thought about a business meeting or deadline you’re about to miss because you’re still stuck in traffic. You need to push that thought back because the situation is beyond your control. There are solutions. You could get out of the car and walk the rest of the way or join your meeting by teleconference. What matters is bringing your mind back to the world you live in.

Since you’re thinking about work, you could start to appreciate just how much your life benefits from having a reliable source of income. If you work for a non-profit, you could think about the good you’re doing in the world. Maybe you’re not going to work. Maybe you’re taking the kids to school. You could look in the back seat and smile at the little faces smiling back. There’s a blessing in being a part of shaping the next generation. There are joys in being a host and guardian to a little person who could someday change the world.

There are beauties in every situation, no matter how bad it looks at first. Many times, you just need to look beyond the obvious to see it. Finding the rainbow in the fountain releases a song of joy in your heart that refreshes your body and soul and fills you with gratitude. Gratitude takes away the tendency to be envious and unnecessarily competitive, which in turn prevents your body and bones from rotting with bitterness.

Finding joy gives you joy, which frees you to just be, and in being, you become who you were meant to be—a little happier, a little freer, a lot more fulfilled. Find your rainbow in the fountains you pass every day.