Pretty simple question, right? What if I said, “What does your name stand for”?
A couple of Sunday’s ago I heard a great message from a friend, Dan Muciuk. He told the story of Jacob and his mother Rebekah tricking and deceiving Jacob’s father Isaac into blessing Jacob instead of his brother Esau. When you have time, give this interesting story a read in Genesis 27:1-36.
This question, “what is your name?” captured my imagination. Just as Biblical names often translated into a specific meaning, what would your name translate to? These are difficult times we live in today. In 2009, will our name stand for Integrity? Excellence? Serving? Or will it stand for Deceit? Worry? Selfishness?
Jacob was one of the most significant leaders in the Old Testament. He was wealthy and powerful, yet he like us, was capable of lying, deceit and selfishness. He was trying to please God, but he often missed the mark…just like us.
So in the end, what will your name be? What will it stand for? What will people think when they reflect on your name, especially through your work?
Esau said, “Isn’t he rightly named Jacob? He has deceived me these two times: He took my birthright, and now he’s taken my blessing!”…
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Posted in Economy, Encouragement on March 26, 2009 |
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So often over the past years its been popular to talk about “managing change” and how to manage through change. There are times however when it feels like managing change makes as much sense as trying to manage the weather.
I know I have not experienced change like we are seeing these days in my lifetime. Just this week I have heard about absolutely incredible changes that have occurred both where I lived before as well as right here in Northwest Arkansas. I’m sure you have too.
It seems that most everyone I am talking to these days is experiencing changes in their lives, especially at work. It may not be impacting them directly as much it is others, but it’s having a tremendous impact over the organization. As hard as it has been at times to endure it, change can be so helpful if we will embrace it and not fight against it. Our instinct seems to alway be to get worked up and get into fight mode when it comes to change. It seems that during this season of dramatic change at all levels of our life, we need to accept deep down that God is truly in control.
As we have been continuing our ministry to those between jobs in the Joseph Project, it has been such a blessing to see people who have truly used this time to trust God with the changes that are going on in their lives. What an incredible testimony these folks have been to embracing change and giving it to the Lord.
If you know someone who has been trying to control the changes in their work life and are ending up continually frustrated, ask them to come to a Joseph Project meeting. There they will see how people are dealing with very significant matters in their own lives and allowing God to manage the change.
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Posted in Economy, Encouragement on March 9, 2009 |
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Last week was just an incredible week for WorkMatters. Its hard to put into words how we felt at the end of the week. Seeing how God is moving and using the Joseph Project to help those between jobs has been humbling and exhilarating to say the least.
This past Thursday evening nearly one hundred people turned out to our first monthly rollup gathering at the Church at Pinnacle Hills. It was so amazing to see this turnout especially since earlier in the week, we were contemplating whether we should go ahead with the meeting. Suffice to say, registrations were not pouring in. But as has happened so many times, God orchestrated events in such a way as to bring together a group that exceeded our expectations.
This gathering was the first of what we hope to be many monthly sessions for those who need encouragement as well as job skills resources. Our sincere thanks to Rob Hey and Cameron Smith and his team for doing a fantastic job with the program.
It was such a blessing to finally get some help getting the word out from the local media. Two television stations showed up to the event and were on the air at 10:00pm with fantastic coverage. Please click on the links below to see the coverage from both stations.
We are hard at work now planning our next gathering for April. Please continue to pray for this ministry. There are many hurting people who need encouragement and prayer. Pray they will have the courage to come to either one of our weekly meetings or a monthly gathering.
For more info regarding the Joseph Project, please visit our website www.josephprojectinfo.org
Thanks for your continued prayers.
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Wow…where did February go? Did you have that kind of month? My home was in turmoil, our region was in chaos from a monster ice storm, my close friend Tommy Van Zandt began a battle with paralysis from an ice storm injury, our economy continues to tank, and WorkMatters launched a new ministry to alter the journey of business people between jobs!
My guess is that your February, while full of different issues, looked a lot like mine. God is moving in so many powerful ways it’s hard to keep up. For me, it has been a real test. But I know, that is when God does His best work in me.
Where did we go at WorkMatters? We are blessed to be building a bridge between faith and work on so many fronts. But none is more exciting than The Joseph Project. This is the new ministry that we literally are launching as you read this. In November, God put it so clearly on our hearts to help those that are between jobs. He said I want you to help “the sick and the poor” of the marketplace.
I will save the amazing story of how God put this ministry together for another post, but suffice to say that we decided to build the airplane while we were flying it.
It has started small, and maybe it will remain that way? But we (YOU and I) have an opportunity to have impact in people’s lives in the marketplace like we may never have again. Look in your circle of influence and decide who you can encourage…and do it!
Plug in to The Joseph Project. Attend a weekly gathering in Fayetteville or Rogers. Attend the monthly NWA Gathering we are holding this Thursday night. Take someone with you.
All you need to know is right here… www.josephprojectinfo.org
Peace be with you in the marketplace today!
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
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