Coworkers/family/friends driving you crazy? Here's how trusting God's control helps us relate to others with more ease and grace:⠀ ⠀ * We befriend even those who don't elevate our social status.⠀ * We forgive, trusting that Christ's death paid for their sin and our own.⠀ * We're okay to lose an argument. We don't have to be right all the time.⠀ * We aren't clamoring for approval, for accolades, to be noticed, to be nice. We have the approval of God. We're good.⠀ * We believe loving God & others is even more important than our productivity and checking items off of a to-do list.⠀ * We're genuine. We don't suck up to work an angle.⠀ * We value people over possessions. This means:⠀ - We're lavishly generous.⠀ - We don't freak out when our child or friend ruins something we own.⠀ - We spend more time serving others than accumulating clothing, home goods, status symbols, or wealth.⠀ ⠀ #fullandwellloving#fullandwellwelcoming#fullandwell#fullandwellworking#fullandwellreliant
Both of these Harvard business students were earning six figures in their twenties, tithing like good Christian boys. Greg enjoyed SPENDING lavishly, John dreamed of early retirement through rigid SAVINGS.⠀ ⠀ But when they took an elective course on God and money at Harvard Divinity, God turned their financial views upside down. For their paper, they interviewed financially successful and lavishly generous Christian alumni. Here's what they say about the interviews:⠀ ⠀ "Instead of relentlessly accumulating net worth or immediately spending their annual bonus, [the generous alumni] applied their energy and their passion towards their giving. In other words, they have become AMBITIOUS GIVERS, instead of AMBITIOUS SAVERS OR SPENDERS.⠀ ⠀ "This was a very powerful idea to us. John and I knew about ourselves that we were very ambitious with respect to our careers. But we thought to ourselves: What if we harnessed that ambition and applied it to our generosity? What if all those spreadsheets and business plan ideas, all those networking events and late nights at the office... what if the driving force behind those things was not to further our own career, but rather to further God’s Kingdom? Then what type of impact could we have?"⠀ ⠀ Your financial tendency might be to SPEND, or it might be to SAVE. But God's hopes for your finances are that you use your money to SERVE.⠀ ⠀ #fullandwellgiving#fullandwellworking#nothingissecular#everythingissacred#fullandwell
Every human has some mundane work to do. The question is: Can we infuse our trivial tasks with divine purpose?⠀ ⠀ Of course we can. Remember: work existed in Eden before sin spoiled the world (Gen. 2:15).⠀ ⠀ There's only one difference between the good work that happened in Eden and the cursed, frustrating work that's gone on ever since: our reliance on God.⠀ ⠀ In Eden, God's Presence was close. Adam and Eve worked with God... until self-reliance crept into their hearts as they trusted their own desires over God's good guidance.⠀ ⠀ It's funny -- the curse against work in Genesis 3? It feels more like God is simply giving humans the autonomy they'd desired. It's as if He says, "You don't want to rely on Me? You don't love My Presence intimately involved in your work? Okay, have your way. But I'm warning you, you've picked the hard way -- it's easier to have My provision."⠀ ⠀ ⠀ Self-reliance is a painful, toilsome curse.⠀ ⠀ Purpose is found in reliance on God. What we need is to go back to the Garden -- we need to ditch self-reliance and instead work from a place of God-reliance.⠀ ⠀ #fullandwellproductive#fullandwellworking#fullandwell#nothingissecular#everythingissacred
Turns out, a person's long-term leadership success is best predicted by that persons "ability to build and leverage a network of relationships."⠀ ⠀ Leadership success is less about tenacity, intelligence, work ethic, or ingenuity than it is about being warm and personable.⠀ ⠀ Hmmm... Looks like it's time to get up from your desk and mingle.
Reason 82 we love @needtobreathe 's shows? Each musician constantly gives credit to the other band members, celebrating others' talents over their own, turning the spotlight towards these "coworkers" they clearly love.⠀ ⠀ They prioritize relationship above success. They speak openly about how they refuse to compete against each other; they need each other too much.⠀ ⠀ People need people. That's what today's newsletter is about. Sign up; link in profile.⠀ ⠀ 📷 = @chadrileyphoto
What? You didn't know brewers could be on God's team? 😉⠀ ⠀ Guinness: the family who combined brewing excellence with generosity, social justice, faith, and cultural transformation. ...Because everything is sacred, including dark brew.
This small business owner moved 400 hurricane victims (plus pets!) into his two furniture warehouses, where they're sleeping on his brand new mattresses and couches, eating food donated by local restaurants.⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ How did the flood victims get to the warehouses? In 24 foot furniture delivery trucks, tall enough to navigate water-logged streets!⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ Props to Jim McIngvale of Gallery Furniture for knowing it doesn't take clergy to do the work of God.⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ #kingdomofpriests#fullandwell#fullandwellworking#hurricaneharvey
This book. For those who want meaning at work. For those wondering how their careers and faith intersect. Enjoy a quote from it below:⠀ ⠀ "Everyone will be forgotten, nothing we do will make any difference, and all good endeavors, even the best, will come to naught.⠀ ⠀ "Unless there is a God. If the God of the Bible exists, and there is a true reality behind this one, and this life is not the only life, then every good endeavor, even the simplest ones, pursued in response to God's calling, can matter forever." - Timothy Keller⠀ ⠀ #fullandwellworking#fullandwellread#fullandwell
Work predates sin. Far from a curse, work is one of the first gifts God gave humanity. Though He could've done it alone, God honored us by making us His fellow workers, first in a garden (Gen. 2:15,) now in schools, corporations, shops. Instead of destining humanity for handouts, God gave us purpose.⠀ ⠀ There is meaning to your work. Do it well today, joining your Creator as you tame, cultivate, and order your workplace.⠀ ⠀ #fullandwellworking#fullandwell
As you prep for your work week, remember: You don't have to be on staff at a church to work for God. Even Jesus was once a craftsman. And before sin ever spoiled the world, Adam labored as a gardener, for God. And it was good.⠀ ⠀ #fullandwellworking#fullandwell
In the 1940's, boxed cake mixes almost failed entirely. Why? TOO easy! Turns out, humans crave a little hard work.⠀ ⠀ Find out more about work and purpose in Monday's upcoming newsletter! (Sign up, link in profile!)⠀ ⠀ #fullandwellworking#fullandwell
Hard to return to work after a long weekend? We will have you covered. Our newsletter on work (and why it matters) is coming to your inbox Monday.⠀ ⠀ Sign up if you haven't already! Link in profile.⠀ ⠀ #fullandwellworking#fullandwell
Think only clergy can change the world? Think again. Business owner @scott_tindle packed up his amphibious duck-boat tourism business and shipped it to Houston, where they'll transport dialysis patients through the flood. Business profits may be on hold, but what's worth more than saving lives?⠀ ⠀ @gulfcoastducks ... our prayers and encouragement go with you. Thanks for your example of how individuals and organizations can use their unique resources to bless the world. Leaving comfort to enter the mess? Reminds us of what Christ did for humanity.⠀ ⠀ #fullandwellworking#fullandwelllives#everythingissacred#nothingissecular#kingdomofpriests#fullandwell