Praying for Stressful Situations

I know that a struggle today will result in music tomorrow – Max Lucado (A Gentle Thunder) What do you do in times of crisis? What do you do in stressful situations at work? Where do you turn when innumerable cares or exasperating troubles threaten to overwhelm you? What do you when your manager dumps five piles of work on your desk and wants it done for the next morning and you already have plans for the evening? What do Continue reading Praying for Stressful Situations

Praying for Wisdom

Do you find yourself today launching out into a new venture or are you returning to what you were doing yesterday? Whatever you find yourself doing today, God promises that he will generously give you wisdom if you ask. God graciously offers you wisdom for both simple jobs and for very complex tasks. When the disciples needed people to take care of the routine tasks of the new church they looked for individuals who were filled with wisdom (Acts 6:1-3). Continue reading Praying for Wisdom

Prayer for the workday

This prayer is taken from my devotional book 31 Days With God At Work available at Amazon or Chapters. Father in Heaven; Thank you that I can rest in your holy presence through the shed blood of your Son. May my life and work honor your holy name. Help me to keep my eyes focused on you and your kingdom as I go about my work. May my work, my attitudes, and my speech be pleasing in your sight and be in accordance with your Continue reading Prayer for the workday

Taste and See

David had returned triumphantly from battle with the Philistines, only to be run out of Jerusalem by a maniacal Saul who wanted to kill him. Leaving behind his wife and Jonathan his best friend, David fled to the King of Gath hoping to find a safe place to stay. Not wanted there and fearing for his life David feigned insanity so that he could escape to the cave of Adullam. Fearful for his life, utterly alone and hiding in a Continue reading Taste and See

The Voice of the Lord

Do you hear the voice of God who sits enthroned in the heavens above the cacophony of sounds clamoring for your attention in our modern, hyper-connected world? The voice of the Lord can be heard over the waters. At the dawn of creation the powerful voice of the Lord was heard over the waters. God spoke and the world took shape as we know it today. The Israelites heard the voice of the Lord as they stood beside the waters Continue reading The Voice of the Lord

Why I Care About Theology – Part 3

Over the last two weeks I have shared with you how the story of creation and a Biblical perspective on boundaries sets me free to enjoy my work. This week I want to look at how theology gives me perspective when things go wrong. Designing a new system never goes as quickly as I want it to go or as smoothly as I want it to go. As people test the system they discover things that are missing, or have Continue reading Why I Care About Theology – Part 3

Why I Care About Theology – Part 1

I work as a consultant for the railroads on the design and implementation of safety control systems. I am returning to school to pursue a doctoral degree in workplace theology, ethics and leadership. When one of my colleagues heard I was going to pursue a doctoral degree in theology he asked me why does an engineer care about theology? The short answer, is that theology provides a cosmic perspective on my work, a perspective on the boundaries and constraints on Continue reading Why I Care About Theology – Part 1

Peace

Because of God’s love and mercy you can be at peace right now. There are no complex rituals you have to perform, or hoops you have to jump through to be at peace. Your peace rests in what Christ did for you on the cross. By faith you can have peace today because you are alive in Christ! You can have peace today because … God loves you; God in his rich mercy has made you alive in Christ when Continue reading Peace

Rest

Rest

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30) This is the way Eugene Peterson translated these verses in the Message “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with Continue reading Rest

Can God Fix It?

Have you ever looked at the systems or processes at your workplace and shook your head? Have you ever watched people make decisions that protect their own interests? Have you ever been frustrated with work not going the way you want it to? If somebody was to sit down with you and ask you to list three problems with your workplace, how long would you have to think before you could answer the question? When you have these conversations you Continue reading Can God Fix It?