Why do I have to Work HERE? (Sneak Peek into my upcoming Work Devotional)

Thought: We will fall in different situations, but despite the challenges, we have a God that wants to be our companion through it all.

 “…Be content with such things as ye have: for He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” Hebrews 13:5

Reading: 2 Kings 20: 14-18, Daniel 1: 1-4

Why do I have to work here?” This is a question that most of us ask when we don’t like our jobs or employment situation. “Why can’t I be like the other people that seem successful and joyful? Why is it that I have to struggle so much?” The answers to these questions most times lie in our past. Sometimes we look at individuals that we deem to be successful, but we have not a clue to how they got where they are. Some individuals were born into riches, that is, they benefit from the work put in by their forefathers, and others are reaping directly from what they themselves have sowed. It is also important to not measure one’s success to that of others. What one individual might do to achieve success might be way less than what you have to do. So it’s best to focus on your own race.

There is also the situation of individuals suffering because of God’s judgement (Adam and by extension all of us). This was what happened in the case of Daniel also. Daniel himself wasn’t the cause of his situation for it was prophesized generations before his birth that they would be taken captive.

Prophesy:

 “Then came Isaiah the prophet unto king Hezekiah, and said unto him, What said these men? And from whence came they unto thee? And Hezekiah said, They are come from a far country, even from Babylon. And he said, What have they seen in thine house? And Hezekiah answered, All the things that are in mine house have they seen: there is nothing among my treasures that I have not shewed them. And Isaiah said unto Hezekiah, Hear the word of the Lord. Behold, the days come, that all that is in thine house, and that which thy fathers have laid up in store unto this day, shall be carried into Babylon: nothing shall be left, saith the Lord. And of thy sons that shall issue from thee, which thou shalt beget, shall they take away; and they shall be eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon.” 2 Kings: 20: 14-18

Fulfillment:

In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah came Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon unto Jerusalem, and besieged it. And the Lord gave Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand, with part of the vessels of the house of God: which he carried into the land of Shinar to the house of his god; and he brought the vessels into the treasure house of his god. And the king spake unto Ashpenaz the master of his eunuchs, that he should bring certain of the children of Israel, and of the king’s seed, and of the princes; Children in whom was no blemish, but well favoured, and skilful in all wisdom, and cunning in knowledge, and understanding science, and such as had ability in them to stand in the king’s palace, and whom they might teach the learning and the tongue of the Chaldeans.” (Daniel 1:1-4)

From general sight it would appear that Daniel was dealt a bad hand. Can you imagine, a young man of royal lineage dragged away to serve another king? He was probably looking forward to being “fruitful and multiplying” only to find out he’ll be castrated into a eunuch. For many young men today that would be the most horrifying thing. Daniel’s manhood was taken away. He had to forget about having children. This had to be a painful experience both physically and emotionally. Then after being robbed of his manhood, he was then put to serve a heathen king that practiced idolatry. He had a rather sticky situation to deal with.

But what did Daniel do? Did he fold his hand and say I’m done? Did he turn his back on his God for allowing this? Did he try to sabotage his new master? NO! He served as unto God. Daniel didn’t allow the fate that he was dealt to make him anything less. We have to do the same. A very popular part of Jamaican culture is the sorrel drink during the Christmas season. In making the drink you’ll have to boil ginger and pour that hot ginger water over the picked sorrel in a container. This is usually left to sit overnight. Once the container is reopened the water becomes a reddish-crimson taking on the colour characteristics of the sorrel. We have to ensure that when we are placed in adverse situation (hot water) we don’t allow the situations to change us but we instead display our true godly character and infuse the situation with a testimony of our God.

To extract the fragrance from perfume a crushing process takes place. It is no different with us. When we are persecuted and we behave in a godly manner, a sweet smelling fragrance goes up to the Lord. So even though you might find yourself in a desperate situation that may or may not be any fault of yours, know that it is not the end of the road. Just serve and trust your God. We will fall in different situations, but despite the challenges, we have a God that wants to be our companion through it all.

Tip of the Day: Focus on those things about your job that you appreciate.

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It’s not a want, IT’S A NEED!

 Though it is customary for all to think that all women live in Lala-land believing in a prince Charming or that we all yearn for “tall dark and handsome”- when you get to the core of us you find that- this is sometimes far from the truth.  Women come in many variations and are sometimes so diverse that it’s hard for men to understand us. But there is one language that when spoken correctly we all get it! It’s called love.

 This is most definitely not talking about a man that is being overly needy or jealous—its more about someone that goes above and beyond to love his woman on her terms not expecting anything in return.

Loving her on her terms shows her that you pay attention to her needs. Loving her on her terms could mean that you hold her hands when walking together just because she likes it.  It could be not holding her hand because that’s not her thing.  Either way, you must make her feel loved on her terms without making her feel like you are doing what you do because you are expecting her to do something in return. When men do things just for returned favors it puts them in a position to get used.  A man has to understand that that love void in a woman if filled creates an aim and desire to please him.

 The worst thing a man can do is threat the woman in his life like a second class citizen, even if it is not intentional. Many marriages break up because men work too many hours, or are too busy with other things. Even though she knows it’s to support the family not receiving that loving affection throws her off.  Many women get frustrated not receiving this love and are led to think that their significant other is unable of loving them as they ought.  This lack further derails the relationship as additional voids are highlighted and before you know it, two people that were once in love find themselves in nasty divorce battles.

 It doesn’t have to go that far. Let’s do what the Bible says: Eph. 5:22-27: Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. 24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything. Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her26 to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, 27 and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.

My Conversation with Society 2 Weeks Before My 30th Birthday

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Society: Well hello there. It’s drawing near…

 Me: Hey

Society: How are you feeling?

Me: Just wonderful I tell ya, great things are happening in my life.

Society: Great things? You’re single! Your biological clock is ticking so you better hurry up.

Me:  Huh?

Society: Girl don’t you know you can’t hug your degree or your career?

Me: Seriously, who goes to school to hug a degree? Are you trying to tell me that the men of today don’t appreciate strong, intelligent women? Why should I have to choose between a family and an education/Career?

Society: It doesn’t look good. The ideal is for a woman to establish her home and family by age thirty. If you start now you can make it before you turn thirty one.

Me: Just what are you trying to say? Just grab any old body?

Society: An apple is apple. It doesn’t really matter. Choice is overrated when you are lonely.

Me: I can understand your point on loneliness; no one wants to be alone.  I don’t want to be alone. Now Society, you listen, I have absolutely no intention of adding to the already high divorce rates that saturate your existence. My reason for getting married will never be to fit in your little box. It will be to someone I love that also loves me, for me.

Society: hahaha , you are going to be an emotional wreck, you wait and see. After that you’ll become a hard unhappy stone that will make the life of everyone around you miserable.

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Me: Society if that’s how you feel about me I’m withdrawing my membership from you. Your definition for a good life is wrong and only seeks to please eyes and the status quo. I’m choosing to be defined by what the word of God says. The man that finds me will find a good thing. I won’t be desperate, I’ll be wise in waiting. Trusting God’s direction and instructions  to my true love.  I will “Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen my heart.

A Little Advice:

Dear singles if you have to lose track of who you are to fit in someone’s ideology, it’s not worth it and you won’t be happy. Do you. And do you the right way.

 Till next time God bless you!