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February  2008

Now that we have arrived at the second month of the new year, I must ask:  How many new years resolutions have YOU kept?   (You might be one of those workers who is more concerned with how many you have already forgotten.)

One of the reasons why we have problems keeping resolutions is that our promises to ourselves are awfully vague.  When I was in corporate management, we were concerned with specific, measurable goals which were defined in writing.

Please allow me to recommend that you NOT adopt the following resolution for 2008: Live the Christian Life in the Workplace.

What do you mean by the Christian Life? How do you proceed in living it?   When will you know that you have succeeded?   Again, such a goal is entirely too vague and results of your performance are difficult to measure.

Recently my pastor, Reverend John Shields of Peoples Memorial Christian Church in Burlington, North Carolina, delivered a sermon which touched my heart and my brain.  

As I listened to my pastor's message, I thought "Wow!  This message should become the new years resolution for every Christian worker!"   The application of this truth is measurable on the job and in all other aspects of our lives:

                                                              Connect, Grow, and Serve

1. CONNECT!   This refers to connecting to God and to other Christian brothers and sisters within the church.   One of the reasons why there are conflicts and upheavals taking place in so many of our churches is that there is a serious disconnect between us and our Creator!  For many, the focus is on doing devilish things which divide the church instead of uniting it.  Remember Patrick Henry's famous statement?

United we stand, divided we fall!  The family of God must remain united or we will not succeed!

2. GROW!   After we have connected, we are then prepared to grow.  There are many references in our Bible to Christian growth.  I wish to share one from my pastor's sermon which will illustrate this important step:

                                                 For this very reason, make every effort

                                                          to add to your faith goodness,

                                                             and to goodness, knowledge

                                                           and to knowledge, self control

                                                          and to self control, perseverance;

                                                            and to perseverance, godliness;

                                                        and to godliness, brotherly kindness;

                                                            and to brotherly kindness, love,

                                        For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure,

                                    they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive

                                              in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

                                                                      (II Peter 1:5-8)

OH!  If we could only learn to apply this verse to our life including the time we are on the job!

Why do so many Christian workers have difficulty living his or her faith while on the job?  The Apostle Peter continues with this answer:

                                                      But if anyone does not have them,

                                                             he is nearsighted and blind,

                                               and has forgotten that he has been cleansed

                                                                     from his past sins.

                                                                          (II Peter 1:9)

 3. SERVE!   After you are connected and as you are growing, you are now better prepared to serve others!   This is why we have been created!  We are here to find our calling and then locate the job (the engine) which drives that calling and be able to serve our boss and co-workers in the workplace!  We have also been created to serve within our church home because the harvest is great but the workers are few!.

 One of the major reasons why so many who profess to be Christians find so much time to gossip and cause conflict is that they are putting their efforts into devilish things.   During 2008 and beyond, we need to follow the example of our Savior Jesus Christ when He said,

                                                 "I must be about my Father's business!"

 If you will adopt this news years resolution to connect, grow, and serve, I recommend that on February 1, 2009 that you give yourself an objective examination on your 2008 new years resolution.

What will be your results?   How well have you served others in your workplace?  My friend, the results are easy to measure but will you have measured UP to your resolution?   

 Beware!  Satin is very interested in you disconnecting from your Creator and others in 2008!   Be very careful or you may find that you have failed your own resolution that could have enabled you to truly live the Christian life in the workplace!

If you want to have a truly BLESSED and HAPPY NEW YEAR, I know of no better way than to CONNECT, GROW, AND SERVE!

                                                        THUMBS  UP  THUMBS  DOWN

THUMBS UP to graduates of the Liberty University School of Law who have passed the bar exam at an astounding 89% rate!  This puts Liberty in the top tier of all law schools in the nation...on a par with institutions like Harvard, Yale, Columbia, the University of Virginia and a short list of other  law schools!  WOW!

 THUMBS DOWN to actor Chuck Norris who recently stated that Senator John McCain was too old to be President.  Mr. Norris, we at Worker Ministries did not know that the Constitution states a maximum age limit for serving in this office.

 THUMBS UP to any worker who does NOT practice any form of age discrimination against others OR discrimination because of race,  marital status, education, or any other such status in life.  

 In my next newsletter, I plan to communicate further on the SIN of AGE DISCRIMINATION.  It will include the difference between discrimination and harassment on the job and some very important legal steps which you can take if and when anyone engages in either one of these activities.

 Very truly yours,

Jim Hogsett, President/Founder; Worker Ministries and Writer for Guideposts Magazine