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CHRISTIAN WORK ETHIC NEWSLETTER
I begin this month’s newsletter with a short quiz. You will need a blank piece of paper and pen. Please write the answers in no more than one minute.
1. What was the subject covered by the commencement speaker at your high school and/or college graduation?
2. Who was the commencement speaker?
If you answered both questions correctly, you are to be congratulated because I will guarantee you that most people can not provide the answers.
(By the way, I am afraid I flunked my own quiz!)
This does not mean the content of a commencement address was not important. Each speech may have been excellent. But, I am afraid that after some time passes, most of us do not hold on to such subject matter. In fact, I do not even remember the names of my commencement speakers.
So, all of this makes one wonder if any such address is really that beneficial. But, before I begin questioning its value, let me suggest that it is possible that just one line or just one type of gesture or something….something that is totally unique might just be embedded into the memory banks of graduating students forever resulting in making their earthly journey much easier.
Dr. Marcus Gause well understands all of this. He is the principal of T. Wingate Andrews High School in High Point, North Carolina. When it was his turn to speak at his school’s recent commencement exercise, he did something that absolutely shocked everyone in attendance.
Instead of delivering a speech, he decided to use his God given talent to sing a famous song that originated with Dollly Parton and was later recorded by the late Whitney Houston. He delivered every verse that included these words......
“I hope life treats you kind
And I hope you have all you have dreamed of
And, I’m wishing you joy
But, above all of this, I wish you love.
And, I will always love you.”
Yes, standing at the podium in the enormous Greensboro Coliseum, this principal bid a stunning farewell to the Class of 2021 continually pointing to the students as he engaged them in a message that was delivered with such a professional tone. The students began cheering throughout the presentation.
But, let’s be careful. It was not his intention to make some kind of impression or just do something different. He sung it because it came straight from his heart. Dr. Gause later stated that the lyrics of the famous song perfectly portrayed what he wanted to tell the class.
Even before this special moment in the lives of the graduates, Principal Marcus Gause was loved by his students so the feeling is mutual and that is the way it should be in a world full of vengeance and hate.
The importance of the timing of this can not be separated from the trials which he and his students and all in education have had to face in the last eighteen months. Dr Gause says, "One of the things that the pandemic has really taught us is that we need more love, that students know that we love and care for them."
Suppose someone were to give my quiz to these graduating students fifty years from now. Would they remember? I believe student Mekhi McRae has already answered that question: “Mr. Gause was singing to us something I will never forget. He is a big part of why I am who I am today.”
Yes, but remembering still isn’t sufficient regardless of how the commencement address is delivered. May we pray that all of these students will transfer the message into all compartments of their life including the workplace where love seems to have become a strange and foreign commodity.
I know that you agree with me when I say this world is in a mess….our country is in a mess. It grieves me to think of the deep divisions throughout America which once upon a time did not exist. I’m speaking of conflict between races, conflict between employers and employees, conflict between government leaders, conflict in our homes, and yes…..sadly, conflict in many of our churches. And, all of this could be easily eliminated if one simple vaccine would be injected into the hearts of humans because……
“What the world needs now is love, sweet love
It's the only thing that there's just too little of
What the world needs now is love, sweet love
No not just for some, but for everyone
Lord, we don't need another mountain
There are mountains and hillsides enough to climb
There are oceans and rivers enough to cross
Enough to last 'til the end of time
What the world needs now is love, sweet love”
(These lyrics made famous by Jackie DeShannon)
Now, I invite you to join me on our You Tube channel. Click below and you will find 28 recorded messages including one-minute presentations for those who have a heavy schedule:
I look forward to being with you in August. In the meantime, I must be about my Father's business.
Very truly yours,
Jim Hogsett, Writer for Guideposts Magazine and President/Founder at WORKER MINISTRIES WORLD HEADQUARTERS
CHECK OUT OUR ITINERARY!
We invite you to visit our ITINERARY PAGE where you will find major happenings in Worker Ministries for 2021 and they include the following:
COME TO WORKER MINISTRIES
We have always understood the importance of being on the cutting edge of technology as a major vehicle for quality service and promoting the Christian work ethic throughout the world.
Upon reaching our tenth anniversary, our new web site was completely redesigned by Rick Martin, our Director of Technical Services. This site enables us to provide interesting and far reaching technology features which visitors to the site can enjoy using.
We also replaced all of our computer equipment at our world headquarters at Elon North Carolina with new state-of-the-art technology that is second to none!
There have been several attempts to hack our web site including one such threat from an individual in Saudi Arabia. Such dastardly deeds failed because we have built several walls around the site which become our "Secret Service Agents" for blocking anyone from damaging the site.
In 2013, we formed a partnership with Constant Contact, the world's number one on-line e-mail market organization. Their outstanding service assures that our monthly newsletter will be swiftly delivered to 10,000 subscribers throughout the world.
Stay tuned and we will keep you posted concerning all exciting developments in a ministry that is reaching out to thousands from Elon to New York to Honolulu to China!
OPERATION UPLIFT is a specific strategy which enables our ministry to literally go underground to reach out to important souls created by God Almighty. These are real human beings who have become wanderers in the wilderness! They are known as "the homeless".
Kathy Perkinson, Vice President of Worker Ministries: "Poverty will never be eliminated until these individuals find their purpose for living and become employed so they can fulfill their purpose based on the will of God! Helping them find their mission becomes OUR mission!
We do not preach to them. We let them know that God loves them and it is not His purpose for them to live on the streets and there is a better life for them if they are willing to find it. We then show them how to move in that direction."
OPERATION UPLIFT is conducted at our Worker Ministries world wide satellite locations.
Visit our ITINERARY page on this web site to keep up with our schedule and any changes which may become necessary.
YOU CAN H E A R AUDIO MESSAGES
FROM WORKER MINISTRIES
Thanks to Rick Martin, our Director of Technical Services, you can now hear live messages from Jim Hogsett as he speaks the plain truth about the Christian work ethic. Simply click on the Audio Player on our web site home page and select any message listed on the menu.
Included on our list is an interview which took place when Jim was a guest on the Living Christian Radio Network which originates from Seattle Washington. The interview is significant in that some very critical questions were asked concerning difficulties in living the Christian life in today's workplace. The broadcast also enabled us to carry our message on how to live the Christian life in the workplace to workers in Canada and in the western half of our country.
We hope these messages will provide further help as you work on living the CHRISTIAN life in the workplace.
MONEY IN THE HANDS OF A CHRISTIAN
As Americans become more and more concerned about our economy and their finances, Worker Ministries is providing help through valuable training which we conduct concerning personal money matters. We wish to emphasize that this training is Biblically based and has been tested with congregations in the Washington DC area.
Our seminar includes the following topics:
"How Did We Get in this Economic Mess and What Can We Christians Do About It?"
Being A Good Steward
How Much Are You Worth and How Do You Measure up?
Managing Debt for Financial Freedom
How To Get From Where You Are To Where You Want To Be
Investing With Confidence and Retirement
Teaching Children Money Management
The seminar can be conducted at YOUR CHURCH at NO CHARGE. Contact us through our CONTACT page on our web site. We wish to emphasize that NO products or services are advertised or sold during our seminar.
You may order Jim Hogsett's book A Worker Need Not Be Ashamed by mail. Send a check for $14 + $3 shipping = $17 to Worker Ministries; 121 Avenue of Trees; Elon,North Carolina 27244. Make your check payable to Worker Ministries. You will receive the book within one week of receiving your payment. And, WE will pay the sales tax.
Regular retail price can be much more when purchasing through any one of over 25,000 bookstores worldwide including all major chains, websites:
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