All of us would agree—life is difficult. Without warning, heartbreaking moments and tragic events cut our legs out from under us and drop us on our faces. Caught by surprise, we wonder if our anguish is truly unbearable. It’s bad enough when such pain comes as the result of our wrongdoing—when we suffer the awful consequences of our own disobedience. However, little compares to the pain we’re called upon to endure when we don’t deserve it.
Marriage is through the hard times, when the fun and games have passed. When you stand together like steers in a blizzard, Ephesians 5 makes sense in a whole new way.
When we’re reproved our egos are threatened and we become defensive. What if instead of protecting ourselves we committed to becoming more like Christ? When we desire to be like Him we welcome reproof.
Our Lord is full of surprises! His leading includes twists and turns, ups and downs, potholes and drop offs that initially shake us up. The fact that we rarely can guess the ultimate destination only adds to the adventure! God’s plans for us are often over and above what we imagine or desire…and our response is often reluctance. Yet God continues to stretch us beyond what we consider our limits.
Take a close look at yourself as an employee. Do you do your best at work, or are you a sluggard? Pursuing excellence is a rare commodity in the workplace, but as Christians it’s what we are called to do.
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