God gives us a challenge and the end result makes us stronger and ready for the next challenge. This is where we are to become better than older selves, to look for ways to become better in small ways. An example would be to observe how we are late for work by three minutes every day. The boss does not say anything; our peers overlook this, even though they are on time. However, secretly they are all resentful and look down on this non-committal attitude toward the work we do. Since no one has taken the steps to coach us on this behavior it is our job to coach ourselves. We are expected to create a higher level of commitment to our work and get out the door five minutes earlier. Eventually someone is going to care that we are late to work every day and this is not an area worth losing a level of integrity. Build character in this area.
Remember that what we do to the least of all is what we do to Jesus. If we are late to work by three minutes we are not wasting our bossesí time, we are shirking our responsibility to represent Jesusí character in our lives. Jesus is always on time; God is always on time. We are expected to always be on time, regardless of how we feel about the event, job or situation. If it is not important enough to put Jesusí character on the line, then donít do it at all.
Commitment is from the heart. Three minutes late every day is fifteen minutes per week. Fifteen minutes per week is one hour per month. One hour per month is twelve hours per year. We have wasted a day and half of work in the year this way. Wow, put that way, we have lost a lot of opportunity, including the impact to our reputation. We lose integrity and trust by this simple act of irresponsibility. Reminder: God is never late. He makes his commitments count. In order to create a Christ-like life then we must make the small things add up, overall, we improve our integrity. We do what we say and say what we will do.
This was just one example of a small change we can make in our lives to create a Christ-like image in the world we live. Many others exist. Read the gospel and examine your life. Try not to make a lot of changes all at once, one or two a week/month is a good start. Itís amazing when you begin to make a change how other parts change along with it, without even trying. An example is when I quit drinking coffee, I replaced it with organic tea and waterómy health improved and I found I was not as grouchy as in the past. I improved in more areas of my life than simply general health. In addition, my pocketbook was heavieróI did not spend as much money on water and tea. As I said, itís amazing how one small change can make a big impact.
Make a commitment to read the word of God for twenty minutes a day. On a lunch break, before you go to bed, or on the commute to work. Spiritual nourishment is the most effective small change you can make, and itís completely freeóthe dividends are priceless!
Bio: Brian has written his poetry book, Poetry for Browsing, a collection of poems. The book may be purchased at www.publishamerica.net.
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