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Prayers leading to Christmas – 1

O Lord God creator of time and seasons, I praise you for sending your Son Jesus Christ, to enter into our earthly timeline to save sinner’s. I pray that you please forgive me of all my sins, as I forgive those who have sinned against me. I ask for your forgiveness, especially when I didn’t value the gift of time, that you have given to me. Help me to understand, the times and seasons that you want me to rest, and those when you want me to act on. Open my vision, to reckon my time on earth as belonging to you alone, so that I may value my days in your presence. By your Holy Spirit cause me to meditate each day upon your wisdom and knowledge so that I always be obedient to you. Make me more diligent than the shepherds and the Magi who didn’t stop in their efforts till they found the Lord Jesus. Cause me spend my time, not on useless and worldly things but rather focus on things that bring you glory each and every time. I ask this in your Holy Name. Amen

Leaving office on time

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Quite often there are Christians who work long hours at office. And this is not about earning that extra income to payoff a loan or anything urgent. This just to please their boss or immediate supervisor. So in this pursuit of people pleasing they miss attending church, they miss out on Bible study, they miss out on quality time with family etc. Then at time for the promotion or appraisal, the very same office leader just skips them and doesn’t give them what they sacrificed so much for. Instead such workers must try to complete the work on time and get valid written records of their work progress instead of relying on mere verbal nods from their leaders.

And to remind you about they missed out on in course of working extra hours, they missed on reading the word of God. Don’t tell me one can read the Bible at work even if one’s working overtime. Not every company allows this while the employee is at work. Only some work places might grant this. So balance out your reading of the Word of God in such a way that put it on top of your everyday to do list instead of waiting for the end of the working hours.

And what else is missed? Proper rest, sleep, household work such as cleaning up the room and checking for the letters etc. Plus even time to be with the family gets reduced.

Then remember how a good number of people get paid mere trinkets for all that overtime for boss pleasing. I’ve met many people who retired from their jobs but not one said that the management thanked them for all the extra time they worked. Not one bit of thanks for missing their family time, for missing church, for missing on their home duties etc.

One might have an excuse to work over time but remember its your decision in the end. It’s your choice to balance out your time and priorities for the Kingdom of God. Work is important but there is family and the will of God which are even more important. So please do leave office on time!

Verses for reflection:

A Song of Ascents. Of Solomon. Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain. (Psalm 127:1)

“Woe to him who builds his house by unrighteousness, and his upper rooms by injustice, who makes his neighbor serve him for nothing and does not give him his wages (Jeremiah 22:13)

Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you. For on him God the Father has set his seal.” Then they said to him, “What must we do, to be doing the works of God?” Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.” (John 6:27-29)

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28)

Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need. (Ephesians 4:28)

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ. (Colossians 3:23-24)

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