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Some people will always try to do their best at everything they do both at work and in their personal life.

Some will make sure they adhere to the policies and procedures of their employer.

Some people will always do all they can to do as little work as they possibly can, and in doing so will stretch policies and procedures to their limit.

Some people see sickness absence as additional days holiday that they are entitled to each year, even if they aren’t unwell.

Do those that try and do as little work as possible realise the impact their lack of application has on their colleagues?

Stretching policies and procedures to their limits, results in the policies and procedures being tightened so means the majority who haven’t abused the system, end up being penalised.

Taking sickness absence when not unwell or claiming to be more unwell or unfit for work than you actually are again impacts on your work colleagues.

What makes all these things worse, is when those concerned

  • are oblivious to the impact their actions have on their colleagues;
  • have no shame it openly lying about their circumstances or the severity of their illness;
  • make no attempt to try and return to work;

Let’s be honest, we all know or have known people who take advantage of rules/regulations or policies/procedures. It can be very annoying for those who have not abused the system, and find themselves watching while those with much lesser need lie and stretch the rules just so they can claim all the non-working time or sickness absence they possibly can.

It’s sad when people feel they it’s ok to exaggerate the truth (i.e. lie) just so they can personally benefit. But have you noticed how it’s always these people who always feel they’ve been hard done by, and have been victimised? They are definitely not the victims

  • those who have to pick up the work of those who fail to do their job are the victims.
  • the victims are those who end up not getting paid leave in the future, because policies and procedures are changed because a small number of people abuse the rules.
  • their work colleagues are the victims as ultimately your organisation may be unable to meet work deadlines because of absences, so they end up having to make people redundant.

If you are one of those who have abused the rules, I hope this post makes you stop and think about the impact your actions have on yourself and your organisation. Your actions can cost jobs and demotivates your colleagues.

 

A couple of weeks ago in Clear Out, I spoke about how we’d been clearing out desks and cupboards in our office. Well last week we moved from one floor in our building to another, all so the floor we were on could get a lick of paint and a new carpet.

Even the day before we had to be empty the floor we were on, we were still uncovering more papers/documents/items which no-one had claimed or gone through. We even came across some documents down the back of a cabinet from someone we didn’t know, who must have previously used the cupboard – we discovered the documents must have been there for a when one of my colleagues told us that she knew the person named in the document had left the organisation a number of years ago.

Once again this reminded me that sometimes, even when we say we’ve ‘cleared out’ all our troubles, all our concerns by giving them all to God, there is often still a few deep seated things that we hang onto and take with us.

Just as we sometimes have to dig deep into cupboards to clear out everything in them, so we have to dig deep into our lives and our hearts, and truly let go of all things which cause of pain or trouble us by giving them all to God.

In a recent conversation with someone we were talking about our frustrations at trying to get some specific tasks completed. During that conversation the person spoke about how they had agreed to take on the task because they felt they would be able to make a difference in other people’s lives by doing so.

Unfortunately that person has now found out that there are so many constraints on what they’re allowed to do, that they’re now questioning their decision agree to do the task. I felt so sorry for this person as you could see the passion and drive that they had when they first agreed to do the task, had slowly been drained from them. They were now questioning why they were still even trying to do the task.

The sad thing is, I know this person would, and could make a huge difference in others lives if they were allowed to get on with the task in hand without others unjustly putting obstacles in their way. Oh how the devil likes to wear us down doesn’t he?

We can be stronger than the devil when we’re challenged or frustrated by putting our trust firmly in God. If we give God all our frustrations, and all our challenges, God will help us get His work done by guiding us through those difficult times.

The couple of weeks ago, we spent most of a day going through desks and cupboards clearing out things that were no longer needed. This is the second time within a reasonably short period of time that we’ve done this. However we still found that many of the documents we’d kept the last time because we thought they were still required, were now not needed or of any use anymore.

This got me thinking about my own life and the past hurts and sorrows which I’m still hanging onto, even although I tell myself they don’t matter anymore. The only way to truly clear out those past hurts from our lives is to take them to God and leave them with him.

I’m sure we wouldn’t want to have to carry a huge pile of documents around with us all day every day if they were no longer useful, so why carry around hurts and disappointment each day which can eat away at us, when if we give them to God, our load will be lightened.

Some people will lie to make them seem more important. Some will lie to cover up their mistakes. Others will lie to play on your sympathy. While some will lie for their own gain (financially or professionally).

Some people lie thinking their lies will never be found out, but from experience I suspect we can all think of people who have lied to us, or our friends and family, but who have ended up catching themselves out in their own lies.

Some are even more blatant than that, some tell lies to people to their face then post contradicting statements or photos on social media which these same people can see. Do they think those they lie to are blind or don’t comprehend the contradictions the person lying is posting?

It’s true what many say, when people lie, those lies will catch up with them. Usually because they forget the details of the lies they’ve told, so end up telling different people different ‘stories’ or versions of their lies. All that will happen is those you’ve lied to will no longer trust you or respect you.

Lying will never get you anywhere. In fact it’s more likely to lose you friends, and opportunities or support from your work colleagues. The bottom line is just don’t lie!

Time to do what?

Do you feel like time flies past of does every second seem to tick by so very slowly?

I guess the answer to both these questions depends on many factors, here’s some examples

  • whether you’re at school, or college, working or retired
  • whether you have lots to keep you busy all day, maybe even too many things
  • if you’re looking forward to something in the near future, the time always seems to go very slowly
  • if you’re facing something you’re not looking forward to, that time comes so very quickly

Time is strong isn’t it, as you can be sitting beside the same person for a whole day doing the same job, but they might think the day has flown by, but you feel it has dragged.

Whether your day and week have flown by or dragged, I hope you made time for God each day.

Here’s the International Staff Band of the Salvation Army playing Take Time…

We all get fed up with things at times – work, friends, neighbours, family, our ill-health etc. And sometimes we even get fed up with God when He doesn’t answer our prayers when we want, or in the way we want.

Could it be in those situations, that we have lost our faith and trust in God?

Maybe it’s then that we need to re-energise ourselves and our faith, and the the best way to do that is to pray to God and ask him to help reignite our love for Him.

Please don’t let your love for God die when you go through difficult times, when you think God doesn’t care about you. Instead trust God because He does care about you and will never leave you. We must trust God, and never give up on Him, because will never give up on us, even when we our faith falters.

Don’t let our love grow cold
‘Cause I’m calling out
Light the fire again
Don’t let our vision die
I’m calling out
Light the fire again

You know my heart, my deeds
I’m calling out
Light the fire again
I need your discipline
I’m calling out

Light the fire again

I am here to buy gold
Refined in the fire, naked and poor
Wretched and blind I come
Clothe me in white
So I won’t be ashamed
Lord, light the fire again

What type of person are you?

  1. Are you the kind of person who gets up hours before you have to be anywhere just so you can take things at a leisurely pace without needing to rush?
  2. Or are you the kind of person who has everything planned so you have just enough time to get up get ready, and get to wherever you need to be?
  3. Or are you the person who puts the alarm on snooze one too many times in the morning, so you end up rushing around trying to get yourself ready so you can just about make it to wherever you’re meant to be?

Whichever person you are, did you stop for just a few minutes to pray? If we want God to be part of every minute of our lives, we must start the day by asking God to be with us and guide us through each day, whatever that may bring.

Keith and Kristyn Getty have a song called Before You I Kneel (A Worker’s Prayer), which I find is a great prayer to use at the start of each day. Why not use this yourself to start each day?

Imitate

Posted: September 18, 2019 in belief, bible, Employment, life, music, religion, words
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If you want to be the best footballer in the world, what do you do? Do you try and copy the dribbling, shooting or defensive skills of the player you consider to be the nest in the world?

If you want to become the best at your job, how to you achieve that? Do you go on training courses, to learn the best way to do things?

Ephesians 5:1 (The Passion Translation)

Be imitators of God in everything you do, for then you will represent your Father as his beloved sons and daughters.

If you want to become like Christ, we must, as it says in Ephesians, “be imitators of God”. But here’s my question to you, are imitators the real thing, or are they just going through the motions?

Yes, we need to learn from God to become more like Him. That means we must believe in Him and believe in all He does, otherwise we are simply imitators of God rather than true believer. So be a believer, not just an imitator of God.

There are those who always try want to be in the company of those with influence or power, possibly because they think they will benefit from that person.

There are those who will always make time to be with those who are need of some kind of support, and they will do so without a second thought for themselves.

Of those two types of people, who do you think are the richer?

The first type of person may rise through the ranks of employment/career and earn huge sums of money as they do so. However for me, I’d rather be the the second type of person, because aren’t they the kind of person you’d want to have if you ever find yourself in need of help or support from someone?

Let’s sit with the broken, and support the needy, as doing that is what Christ would do, and that’s what we should each be striving to do.