Wrestling…

Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

We’re not fighting each other…I think evil can work through us and others and that good overcomes evil…not that it destroys, eliminates, or beats it…overcomes it.

I was reminded about this scripture last Sunday…and as soon as I feel led to a particular piece of scripture I try to apply it to the previous week.  But this time I think I was led to it because it was coming up.  You see my old employer is not wanting to pay me for the last week I worked there…and I saw this coming.

Why would you complain about people not giving you their two week notice when quitting…and then not pay people who do give notice there last weeks paycheck?  I gave notice, I was never sick, I only had probably less than a weeks time off in a year and most of that I switched for my normal days off.  Why would you not pay me?

I’m trying to realize that it is not my money anyway….that God provides for me and I should be content with what I have.  So how do I make my stand and also stay mindful that there are no mistakes in God’s world.  That I either will get paid or not and it is already decided.

I feel like I should tell everyone about this every time someone asks about my new job and why I left the old one.  Maybe I shouldn’t…but as always no matter the question the answer is love…God.

You see no matter what someone is watching me…and how I handle this needs to be done with grace and with setting a good Christian example.  Will I do this perfectly…probably not…but I will pray that I do.  And I hope my previous employer does the right thing…and that how I respond to their reluctance will be remembered by them as an example of how a Christian responds to adversity.

M48

Who Is Helping Who?

It’s funny…people will reach out to me….we will talk….spend time together….all the miscellaneous things friends do.  I always feel like I’m being a good friend and providing a break from their monotony or loneliness.

Then it happens….

They’ll start talking like they’ve been helping me…and my insides will scream… “WHAT!!!! you help me? I mean you’re the one lonely…I’m fine.”  They’ll start mentoring me in things I already know…Like you really should get your oil changed…or you do realize this is just the way it is at work, or home, or Church, or whatever.

But the truth is we’ve been helping each other…I feel sort of stupid in writing that because it is so obvious…when you’re helping someone else they are also helping you…but I think we forget…I forget.  I mean when people give me financial advice or personal advice or advice about work…it’s things that I’ve heard a thousand times before…but I probably need to here it again.

John 8:32 “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

I’ll forget about that scripture above or I’ll forget this quote…”There is no path to happiness…happiness is the path.”  I know that…so why do I usually just stop at saying that or reading it again and saying to myself I know that and do nothing?

…and the thing is that I was happy and free when I was just helping them…then I had to go and think about it….and let my ego get involved.  I was doing something…the Will of God.  Worry over nothing, pray without ceasing, and be thankful in everything….and be happy.

The true gift is giving while you are receiving and being thankful for it…even if you are hearing it for the millionth time.  I need to always have someone feel they are helping me even when I don’t think I need it…if nothing else it keeps me teachable for when I really really do.

M48.

Galatians 5:13

“For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.”

It was a hard week at work ending on the 13th.  I try to find scripture that I seem to have been pointed to during the week.  And I should say it has been hard at work for the past several weeks.  I’ve been having some difficulty being a good example at work…and not that I’m a great example outside of work…but lately at work…wow!

I’ve committed to doing 3 things about this.  1) Look for something else and be sure that I’m praying that my work furthers me spiritually to be of service to God and others…if it is at my current employer….then that will be shown if not I feel that through prayer I’ll be led to the right job.  2) Use what I’m going through at work to better myself spiritually by still being the best example I can be and when I’m not at least when I’m mindful of that to pray and meditate on what went wrong.  3) Work on a project there that would make my staying employed better and better the business as a final attempt to see if the owners are serious about making any changes…which past behavior has show they are not.

How does all this relate to Galatians 5:13?  Well I’ve said I’m not being a very good example.  I feel that at I’m not using my liberty in Christ to serve and love others at work and instead revert back to a lot of old behavior and get a bad attitude.  I think the 3 things I’ve mentioned I’m doing above will help me to apply what this piece of scripture is saying to me.  I’ve been applying these 3 thoughts for the last several weeks now….and I at least feel better and my attitude is better although not where I’d like it to be.  In other words move away from sin even in the worst of circumstances.

I must say that as I finish up this post I’ve completed the project with them mentioned in 3 and nothing has been done with it.  After I posted the draft of this on 4/14 I came across another opportunity the very next day.  I’ll be starting there on the 29th.  Prayer does work….PUSH…Pray Until Something Happens.  And I think that applying the things I’ve learned in recovery and as being a Christian helped me grow…even though this is and was a very high bottom problem.

M48