1. Dump a stupid rule.
You have a stupid rule. I almost guarantee it. What kind of stupid rule? How about a doctor’s note for every absence? How about making your exempt employees (who aren’t billing time to clients) track every minute? How about docking PTO time from exempt employees for every hour they aren’t in the office, but not giving them additional PTO when they work more than 40 hours in a week? These are all dumb rules. Dump them.
Here are 5 prayers you can pray for your husband.
Strength in the midst of discouragement
Lord, I pray that my husband would turn immediately to you when discouragement steals into his heart and mind. I pray his reflex would be to remember that his High Priest sympathizes with his every weakness. May your compassion usher him into your throne room that he might find mercy and help in his time of need. God, use every heartbreak, disappointment, and stress to pull him into greater intimacy with you. May discouragement give way to worship as he boasts in you only.
Why We Must Earnestly Desire Spiritual Gifts by Jon Bloom on Desiring God
The clear teaching of the New Testament is that God gives spiritual gifts to the church for the common good of the saints (1 Corinthians 12:7) and to empower her mission to evangelize the world (Luke 24:48–49; Acts 4:29–31; 1 Corinthians 14:24–25).
The most familiar lists of these gifts are in Romans 12, 1 Corinthians 12, and Ephesians 4. But the Corinthians list includes the most controversial gifts of the Spirit: healing, miracles, prophecy, tongues and their interpretation (1 Corinthians 12:9–10).
And it’s in the context of teaching on these gifts — particularly the two most controversial gifts, prophecy and tongues — that Paul twice tells us to “earnestly desire” them, adding, “especially that [we] may prophesy” (1 Corinthians 12:31; 14:1). He leaves us no room to wiggle out of pursuing uncomfortable gifts.
Facebook Friends and Church: Connectivity vs. Community by Eric Geiger
How many friends on Facebook are really friends, you know, there for you and show up when you need them type friends? Hal Niedzviecki wondered this when he invited all 700 of his Facebook friends to a party he was hosting. He wanted to gather his “friends,” get to know them better, and perhaps further connect them with each other. So he posted on Facebook an invitation to all his friends to attend a party. Fifteen people responded they “would attend” and sixty responded, using Facebook’s response feature, that “maybe they would attend.” One person actually attended. A picture of friendship is very different from actual friendship.
Technology can, of course, be redeemed and used for noble purposes. It can be used for Kingdom-building purposes. But technology can give the illusion of community rather than community itself. Being connected online and being in community are not synonymous.
What Your Emotions Are Trying to Tell You by Nancy Ma
We often advise each other to change or replace an emotion with a “better” one. Be content. Be secure. Be happy.
Under these seemingly biblical suggestions is an unhealthy belief that there are “good” and “bad” emotions. Happy, of course, falls in the “good” category, and almost everything else taboo falls gets categorized as “bad.”
We need to stop delineating our feelings this way. The truth is, all feelings are helpful. Yes, I am including anger, bitterness, sadness, loneliness. We need to stop judging our feelings.
7 Suggestions for Leaving a Job Properly by Ron Edmonson
One of the most common questions I receive from others in ministry is about discerning whether to leave a ministry position. I’ve written about this subject a number of times, because I know all of us deal with it at some point in our journey.
The question which should follow close behind, but I rarely receive, is how to actually leave a position well. I am grateful when I receive it.