Archive for June, 2012

Keep Learning

Dear Friends,
Education is one of the key factors we need succeed in life. However, educating ourselves can be costly and it takes time—something we are all short of. This summer I will be attending the Graduate School of Banking and I am really excited to enhance my knowledge of banking. These days, we need to continue our education so we can grow with our jobs and stay current with technology and new laws and regulations that apply to our industry. Today, I want to encourage you to follow your heart and get the education you always wanted. If you already have a college degree or even a master’s degree, you can learn something new in another area that you enjoy. Sometimes we have gifts we are not able to apply or use in our jobs so we need to find other opportunities to develop and use those talents.

Our talents and gifts are like precious stones that need to first be discovered and then polished until they are ready to be used. God gave each person more than one gift and we must use them for His glory during the time we have on earth. When we are aware of the gifts we have then we can start developing them and we will then experience the satisfaction of seeing our talents put to work.

Below is one of the devotionals from my book Devotions for Working Women that encourages us to acquire a life-long learning attitude. Enjoy!

Acquire a Life-long Learning Attitude
# 260
Mark 4:25 (NLT)

To those who are open to my teaching, more understanding will be given. But to those who are not listening, even what they have will be taken away from them.

Jesus encouraged His disciples to always be open to listen and continue to learn from Him because the higher their desire was to learn, the more they understood. On the contrary, people who don’t care or listen to the things of God drift away and forget even the little they know.

To be successful in the corporate world and our personal lives, we need to become life-long learners. This is true in the natural as well as in the spiritual area. We cannot grow in our spiritual journey with God if we don’t spend time learning from Him and are not open to His daily teaching to us. Jesus, through His Holy Spirit, is willing to teach us how to live our lives and be successful in every area.

Jesus said those who are open to His teachings will receive more understanding because the things of God are understood with the spirit, not with our human minds. When we open our hearts to learn about the things of God, our spiritual understanding is illuminated and we receive revelation—the moment when we “get it.”

Purpose in your heart to be open to a life-long learning attitude both professional and spiritually. This will ensure a well-balanced successful life here on earth.

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Dear Friends,
Most of us are afraid of failure. But have you ever been afraid of success? Success just as failure has consequences in our lives and we must prepare ourselves either way. If you have a business idea that you are pondering on, think not only of the consequences of it not working out but also what if it does work out. What then? Would your life be changed forever? How will you handle success? It is easier to be humble when you are a “nobody” in the business world and when we don’t have much to lose financially. But would you still be the normal you and be humble at heart after success has taken place in your life?

Today, I want to encourage you to pray for your plans and believe they will be successful. But I also want to encourage you to be prepared for success and stay humble in your heart by thanking God daily for it and being aware that without Him you would not be successful to begin with. This devotional is from my book Devotions for Working Women and it reminds us that our plans can succeed when we commit our work to the Lord. Enjoy!

Your Plans Can Succeed
# 283

Proverbs 16:3 (NLT)
Commit your work to the Lord, and then your plans will succeed.

We all have plans we want to realize and be successful in executing. The King James Version of this verse says “commit thy works unto the Lord, and thy thoughts shall be established.” Every one of our plans starts with a thought, an idea. When we commit our lives to God it includes our work and every area of our lives. When we commit our work unto the Lord, He will help us realize those plans and our thoughts will be established. Our plans will succeed.

Therefore, remember to commit your work to the Lord on a daily basis.

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Dear Friends,
Today I found out a good friend of mine got promoted to run a big company. I have told her that I pray for her often but now I feel an even greater urgency to pray for her because her life is about to change. When God puts us in high places of visibility we must realize the great responsibility that goes with those assignments. Therefore, we need to gather the entire armor of God and put it on before we go out in the open. In addition, we need the prayers of all the people who love us.

I want to encourage you to pray for your friends that are in the business world running companies and working in Corporate America. They need our prayers to sustain them as they do God’s work in the field of business. Corporate America is crying for laborers and those of us called to work that field must be ready to harvest those souls for God’s Kingdom. Today, I would like to share this devotional that asks us the question: Are you one of God’s workers? Enjoy!

Are You One of God’s Workers?
Matthew 9:37-38 (NLT)

He said to his disciples, “The harvest is so great, but the workers are so few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send out more workers for his fields.”

Jesus said those words after being with multitudes of people who went to Him with their problems. He was only one and He saw the great need of having more of Him on earth. As we become born again, when we ask Jesus to come into our lives, we become God’s laborers and workers of His field. The harvest is God’s, but He needs us to work it for Him.

Most of us consider ourselves good workers. In fact, we welcome and look for opportunities for promotion. As workers of the Kingdom of God, our attitude toward new opportunities should be the same, and we should ask ourselves some questions. Are we doing a good job for God? Are we bringing in the harvest? Are we looking to be promoted in the Kingdom of God? With God our jobs are not just a title. In His Kingdom, the higher the position, the more responsibility we have with people’s lives. Jesus said, “And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all” (Mark 10:44 KJV). The higher we go in God’s positions, the more we have to serve others.

Therefore, let’s ask God for more workers to help us with the great task we have ahead. But also, let’s ask Him to help us be the best workers we can be for His Kingdom.

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