Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Workplace Musings 07/18/12

I am currently reading Discipline: The Glad Surrender by Elisabeth Elliot. I recently read the chapter titled: The Discipline of Work. Within that chapter, the author spoke of relationship between person and work being different for a Christian because ultimately we are slaves to Christ, and our work is performed out of that realization. She went on to say this:

"The Christian attitude toward work is truly revolutionary. Think what it would do to the economy and the entire fabric of life if the question were asked daily, in the kitchen, in the office, the school room, the plant: "Who is your Master?" And the answer were given: "Christ is my Master, whose slave I am." It would transform in a stroke not only the worker's attitude toward the boss, but his attitude toward those who work with him. No longer would he be scheming ways to outdo them, cheat them, gain preference over them in the employer's eyes. He would not be seeking ways to evade work that he doesn't like and getting someone else to do it. It would change his attitude toward the work itself because he would do it not for show, not for promotion or bonuses or compliments or the free trip to Las Vegas, but with single-mindedness, for Christ. It would change the quality of the work, for he has a master who sees what no other overseer can spot: not only every detail of the work done, but the intentions of the heart. The workman would know that the work, no matter how demeaning it might otherwise be, however routine, how humble, really does not matter. It will be noticed." (pages 128-129)

So, I leave you with this question today (as I've asked myself) "Who is your Master?"

Sunday, July 15, 2012

A Day With a Niece 07/15/12

As the nieces and nephews get older, we give them a choice for their birthday. They can have a present or an activity. Activity often wins out over the present. Carissa turned 7 on July 1. She chose activity, and we decided on the wave pool. This 90-degree day was the perfect afternoon for just such an activity. (Greg was working today, so he didn't get to frolic in the waves with us). Carissa loved the waves (more than I thought she would). We had a great time in the water and then ended our time there with an ice cream cone. 

Happy Birthday, Carissa!

Friday, July 13, 2012

Happy Birthday, Mama

Today was my Mom's birthday. After work, I drove up to my parents' house to bring dinner (a little KFC, mmmm) and spend some time with them. My brother (Rob) made a visit as well and brought two of the grandchildren (his daughter and niece), Emily and Kylie. We had a fun time being together.

Happy Birthday, Mama. I am so grateful to God for you and for your influence in my life. Every day I appreciate you more and more.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Cookie Baking Night 07/10/12

Tonight was Cookie Baking Night (due to a scheduling conflict on my part, we had it on Tuesday instead of Monday this week). In attendance this evening: Carissa. And it also happened to be Carissa's birthday choice (she turned 7 years old on July 1). For her birthday dinner she chose macaroni and cheese and berries. For her choice of cookies, back by popular demand, Dirt Cups.

I think she enjoyed having the creation process all to herself. She crushed the cookies, layered the pudding, and put in the gummy worms (which seems to be the best part for all kids involved). We used the same cups as the last time we made this treat (the little cups with lids, brilliant!) Tonight, for the flower, I printed flowers on the computer. We cut them out, taped a straw to the back, and poked them through the hole in the lid.

As usual, a fun time was had by all.

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