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Work Week

In the US, we have established a 5 day work week. The Bible says that, “Six days do your work, but on the seventh day do not work.” (Ex 23:12 et al.) If my work day is 8 hours, that means I should be working approximately 48 hours each week. Interestingly enough that is almost the average work week for Americans. It seems to me that this is enough to prosper me (meaning meeting my needs plus having some extra to pay off debt, or to put away for savings). In my mind, this is a gauge. If I am working less than this, I am being a bit indulgent. I am not a driven person, but this is a good benchmark for me. If I am working less than 48 hours in a week, I am spending too much time in areas that are not profitable to me. With working 48 hours/week I still have time for devotions, family time, and house maintenance (and a blog once in a while!). But after that, most every other activity I do, I could probably live without. Unfortunately, with my remaining time I tend to do things that are not profitable. So, instead of an hour of TV, how about a brisk walk? Instead of perusing Facebook pages, how about getting into a real book’s pages?
I just think that in a society that focuses on entertainment, the children of the Most High should be different than the children of the world.
But that’s just me.
Blessings.

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Why Not Choose Joy?

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Philippians 4:4, Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice!

This verse sounds like a command, because it is.  God wants us to be joyful.  Living in joy is a choice.  It is allowing God to do His work in our hearts.  It is the natural outworking of the Holy Spirit in us (Galatians 6:22).

But why do so many Believers have so little joy?  Many (dare I say, most) are angry, bitter, worried, and fearful.  Maybe some do not know that they are supposed to live in joy.  That is a shame.  It is a wonderful gift!  Others may not think they deserve to live in joy.  But it is a free gift from the heart of our loving Father.  Still others focus on their hurts, the abuse they have suffered, their lack of something that others are perceived to have, etc.  For whatever reason, they exclude themselves from this inner effervescence of Life.

We are given a choice everyday to live in joy, or in some miserable state of mind.  I am not a really smart guy, but when given a choice of joy or anger, bitterness, worry, or fear, I think I will choose joy.

A life of joy can be difficult to start.  We have deeply entrenched ourselves in horrible thought processes.  Sometimes our poor ways of thinking have been handed down from generations past.  Depression, fear, or anger can be carefully taught by parents.  A life of joy might be hard to start because our family and/or friends need for us to live in misery, so they will not feel alone in their misery.  But this pattern is not for us any longer.

It is time we all started some choices that have no downsides.  Let’s start our day with joy and not give control of our attitude to anyone but the Holy Spirit!

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