A story is also told of a little boy who went to a telephone booth which was at the cash counter of a store and dialed a number. The store owner observed and listened to the ensued conversation:

Boy: “Madam, can you give me the job of cutting your lawn?”

Woman (at the other end of the phone line): “I already have someone cutting my lawn.”

Boy: “Madam, I will cut your lawn for half the price than the person who cuts your lawn now.”

Woman: “I’m very satisfied with the person who is presently cutting the lawn.”

Boy: (with more perseverance) “Madam, I’ll even sweep the floor and the stairs of your house for free.”

Woman: “No, thank you.”

With a smile on his face, the little boy put down the receiver. The store owner, who was listening all this while, walked over to the boy.

Store owner: “Son, I like your attitude. I like that positive spirit and would like to offer you a job.”

Boy: “No, thanks.”

Store owner: “But you were really pleading for one.”

Boy: “No, Sir. I was just checking my performance at the job I already have. I am the one who is working for that lady I was talking to!”

This is an example of self-appraisal. If you don’t fight for what you want, then don’t cry for what you lost. Give your best and the world will beat the way to come to you. Don’t relax or get lazy. You are being watched!

— Author Unknown

Meditation: Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. – 2 Corinthians 13:5

You will succeed because Jesus loves You!

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Workplace Version of Psalm 23

Workplace Version of Psalm 23

Workplace Version of Psalm 23

The Lord is my boss, and I shall not want.

He gives me peace when chaos is all around me.

He reminds me to pray before I speak in anger.

He restores my sanity.

He guides my decisions that I might honor Him in all I do.

Even though I face absurd amounts of e-mail, system failures, copier

jams, back-ordered supplies, unrealistic deadlines, staff shortages,

budget cutbacks, red tape, downsizing, gossiping co-workers and

whining customers, I won’t give up, for You are with me.

Your presence, peace and power will see me through.

You raise me up, even when the boss fails to promote me.

You claim me as your own, even when the company threatens to let me go.

Your loyalty and love are better than a bonus check.

Your retirement plan beats any 401K, and when it’s all said and done,

I’ll be working for you a whole lot longer!

– Author Unknown

Meditation: for us there is one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we for Him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, through whom are all things, and through whom we live. – 1 Corinthians 8:6

You will succeed because Jesus loves You!

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10 Things God Wants You to Know in a Recession

10 Things God Wants You to Know in a Recession

10 Things God Wants You to Know in a Recession

  1. When there is a casting down, you will be proclaiming a lifting up. – Job 22:29
  1. Your God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:19
  1. He knows the thoughts he has towards you, they are thoughts of good and not evil, to give you an expected end. – Jeremiah 29:11
  1. You will never see the righteous forsaken, nor will you see their seed beg for bread. – Psalms 37:25
  1. Even though the young lions lack and suffer hunger, because you and your household trust in the Lord, you will not lack any good thing. – Psalms 34:10
  1. Because you trust in the Lord with all your heart, and you do not believe in what man says, the Lord your God shall direct your path. – Proverbs 3:5
  1. In these hard times, His grace will be sufficient for you, and His strength and Glory shall be made manifest in your weakness. – 2 Corinthians 12:9
  1. Because it is not of him that willeth nor runneth, but of God that showeth mercy, you will receive abundance of mercy and compassion from every angle of the earth in this period of grace. – Romans 9:16
  1. Surely, as the race is not for the swift, not the battle to the strong, as bread is not to the wise, nor riches to the men of understanding, even as favour is not exclusive to men of skill; your time and chance to excel even in these times is here. – Ecclesiastes 9:11
  1. Finally, remember the Lord thy God, for it is he that giveth thee the power, the ability and strength, to make wealth, because he wants to establish his covenant which He made long ago. – Deuteronomy 8:18

– Author Unknown

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Believe There Is A Solution

Believe There Is A Solution

Believe There Is A Solution

A father left 17 camels as an asset for his three sons. When the father passed away, his sons opened up the will.

The will of the father stated that the eldest son should get half of 17 camels, the middle son should be given 1/3rd of 17 camels, the youngest son should be given 1/9th of the 17 camels, as it is not possible to divide 17 into half or 17 by 3 or 17 by 9, the sons started to fight with each other.

So, they decided to go to a wise man. The wise man listened patiently about the Will. The wise man, after giving this thought, brought one camel of his own and added the same to the 17 they already had. That increased the total to 18 camels.

Now, he started reading the deceased father’s will.

Half of 18 = 9

So he gave 9 camels to the eldest son.

A third of 18 = 6

So he gave 6 camels to the middle son.

A ninth of 18 = 2

So he gave 2 camels to the youngest son.

Now add this up:

9 + 6 + 2 = 17

This leaves one camel, which the wise man took back.

Moral: The attitude of negotiation and problem solving is to find the 18th camel i.e. the common ground. Once a person is able to find the common ground, the issue is resolved. It is difficult at times.

However, to reach a solution, the first step is to believe that there is a solution. If we think that there is no solution, we won’t be able to reach any. Times may be hard but when there is a will there will always be a way.

It is time to think outside the box.

Meditation: If the iron be blunt, and he do not whet the edge, then must he put to more strength: but wisdom is profitable to direct. – Eccl 10:10

You will succeed because Jesus loves You!!!

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My Business Loss

My Business Loss

My Business Loss

Many years ago, I lost a lot of money in a business venture. It was a big loss for me. At that time, I lost almost my entire net worth.

I was tempted to mope, to sulk, to carry a heavy burden for a long time. Actually, I allowed myself to grieve for a while—which was very healthy.

But I decided not to grieve for too long, or I would be stuck forever. After some time, I declared, “God has something better for me.” I chose to smile. I chose to look at the brighter side. I chose to believe that better businesses would come my way. In fact, I began declaring the unbelievable. I said, “I’ll earn ten times what I lost!”

Later that week, a friend asked me, “Is it true that you lost a lot of money in that business?” I said, “Yes, I did.”

“It happens to you too, huh? And I thought people like you are exempt from these things. So why are you smiling?”

“Because I believe God is redirecting me to a better business. And I know that I’ll earn ten times what I lost.”

It was a big claim and some friends couldn’t understand why I was so relaxed. But a few years later, what I declared happened.

I started new businesses and I began to earn ten times what I lost. What I lost—my savings for years—I earned in a few months. Today, my new businesses are multiplying. I ask myself sometimes, “What if I didn’t fail in that business? I would still be stuck in that business! I wouldn’t have the new business that I have now.”

And imagine if I kept moping and sulking—would I have seen the new opportunities around me? Imagine if I kept mourning my loss—would I have had the energy to venture into something new?

Friend, don’t focus on the problems in your life. Don’t focus on what you lose. Instead, focus on two things: look at what you still have and look at the new things that God will give you. And be grateful.

By Bo Sanchez

Meditation: And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. – Romans 8:28

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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How to Thrive During A Recession (1)

How to Thrive During A Recession (1)

We shall be meditating on ways to thrive in the midst of recession for the next three days.

Those who do wickedly against the covenant he shall corrupt with flattery; but the people who know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits.Daniel 11:32

It is no news that there is yet another economic recession hitting the world, wreaking great havoc on institutions, homes and individuals across the globe. As with every period of recession, this meltdown will see many go bankrupt and under, never to rise again; it will also witness the birth of a new set of millionaires who will benefit from the transfer of wealth.

There are three simple principles that will position you at the receiving end of the resources that will change hands during this economic upheaval and establish you amongst those who will emerge wealthy or wealthier by the time the crisis had blown out. Here is the first:

Know Your God

The passage above establishes that those who know their God shall enjoy two benefits: they shall be strong and then carry out exploits. Not that they will not feel the heat or be shaken by the crisis, but they shall remain resilient in the face of hardships that are blowing others out of place; and building on that resilience, they will perform great feats that will make them the go-to of their time. But, to achieve this, you must first know your God.

In case the God you know is not Jesus, the Creator of heaven and earth, permit me to introduce Him to you:

For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence. (Colossians 1:16-18)

‘The silver is Mine, and the gold is Mine,’ says the Lord of hosts. (Haggai 2:8)

I will give you the treasures of darkness And hidden riches of secret places, That you may know that I, the Lord, Who call you by your name, Am the God of Israel. (Isaiah 45:3)

But when his heart was lifted up, and his spirit was hardened in pride, he was deposed from his kingly throne, and they took his glory from him. Then he was driven from the sons of men, his heart was made like the beasts, and his dwelling was with the wild donkeys. They fed him with grass like oxen, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven, till he knew that the Most High God rules in the kingdom of men, and appoints over it whomever He chooses. (Daniel 5:20-21)

For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him. (2 Chronicles 16:9)

If Jesus is the God you know, then you are on track to thriving during this global economic crisis. However, if you don’t know Him yet, you need to make with Him immediately by calling on Him and confessing Him as your Lord and Saviour.

If you want to know God, you need to accept Jesus Christ, His Son as your Lord and personal saviour. To do that, please say the following prayer:

Heavenly Father, I confess that I am a sinner. I know I cannot exercise dominion over the works of Your hand if I do not surrender to You. Today I ask that You forgive me my sins. Cleanse me and fill me with Your Spirit. Restore to me the power to exercise dominion as You intended at creation. Thank You, Lord, for making me Your child. In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen.

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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