Posted by: Brian Musser | July 10, 2012

Drexel University Faculty and Staff Christian Fellowship Devotional 2

On Tuesday’s Diana Dukes sends out a email prayer and devotional update to the Drexel University Faculty and Staff Christian Fellowship.  Those emails will be posted here on a weekly basis as well.  if you want to be included on the email list please contact Diana directly at dd35@drexel.edu

Good Morning,

 

Happy Tuesday,


Today’s Prayer

Lord, thank You for bringing peace to my heart. I pray that You would help me be a peace-maker in my family and community…and even in the world. Help me to live in harmony with my friends and loved ones…and with my Christian family as well. Please forgive me for arguing (even when it’s just in my mind and I don’t carry through in person!) and being so “disagreeable” at times. Help me to see things through other people eye’s so that I can better understand where they are coming from. Help me to see things through Your eyes so that I can handle situations with wisdom and understanding. Remind me to think before I speak and pray before I act. May Your will be done through me today. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.


Our Work Versus Our Value
TGIF Today God Is First Volume 1, by Os Hillman

“The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.” Genesis 2:15

Man was created to have seven basic needs. Each of us has a need for dignity, authority, blessing and provision, security, purpose and meaning, freedom and boundary, intimate love and companionship. When we go outside God’s provision to meet these needs, we get into trouble.

Every man has a need to work and gain satisfaction in caring and seeing something come from his efforts. Many of our basic needs are derived from our work; it was one of the first acts God did for man in the Garden of Eden. He gave him responsibility to care for and work the Garden. God knew man needed to be productive. He needed to gain satisfaction from his work.

The danger of this is when we allow our work to be our complete source of purpose and meaning in life. This leads to a performance-based life. A performance-based life says, “As long as I perform in my work, I am acceptable to myself and others.” This is a subtle trap for all of us. It can lead us to become workaholics if we are seeking acceptance through what we do. Sometimes this can be on a subconscious basis.

Our value must be centered in Christ, not in what we do. If we lose our job or our business, this should not devastate us if we are centered in Him. It will certainly create difficulties, but God is the orchestrator of all the events in our lives for His purposes. Even difficult times have purposes.

Today, ask the Lord if you have a proper balance in your work life. Is Christ the central focus? If you work long hours, ask yourself why. You might discover that God may not be the central focus.

 

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If you want to stay up-to-date with some of the Christian activities around Drexel, you can always check out:

www.peaceandpoweratdrexel.wordpress.com

Have A Blessed Day!

 

Diana Dukes

Safety Coordinator

Drexel University

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