Category Archives: Rewarded

Crossroads

Have you ever taken a step back and wondered where time has gone? Every year as one closes out and another begins there is always recaps of the years past, how many years ago something took place, and so on… I look back with the thoughts of what have I done?

It’s easy to trace my work history; no secret where I’ve been or what I’ve done with my career. My desk holds numerous years of paper planners, yes you read correctly, paper planners that not only hold my daily schedule but also each family member’s schedule. Coordinating multiple activities, meetings, obligations and commitments takes more than a quick glance of the calendar on my phone.

Today I ponder the question of what have I really done with my life? I’m not talking about the typical things such as college, family or work. I’m looking beyond that part; what is it I’ve really done. Hmmm…. that is the question that’s difficult to answer as I’m not sure if it’s about me and what I’ve always dreamed of doing, or is it about what I’ve done for others before myself.

Some people talk about the beginning of a new year and wanting a fresh start with a different company or even changing careers. Others say they’re going to focus more on themselves – changes to help move a person in the right direction?

I’ve always wanted to be a full time writer, someone who becomes the author everyone clamors to read; however, I’m continually pulled in a different direction. Maybe the fear of failure is too great or it’s easier to put this dream on hold to take care of my family, make sure I’m doing well at work, or commit myself elsewhere so I won’t fail.

Continually I encourage my children to follow their dreams. To put in the effort and time needed to get where they want to be, and yet I hold back without following my own advice. Maybe that’s where I fall, at the crossroads of time past and what’s ahead.

2 Chronicles 15:7 But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.

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Kind Words

What a surprise today, one of the sweetest ladies that walks by my office every day stopped in to say thank you. She just wanted to let me know that she watches and pays attention to what people are doing around here and I’ve really impressed her with the success of my projects in the one year that I’ve been here.

My mouth was hanging open, really, it was literally open as she spoke. Her words were unexpected and caught me off guard. I did regain my composure so my mouth wasn’t hanging open the whole time… ha, ha.

She’s an older lady, very smart and kind. I speak with her almost everyday. She always has a kind word for everyone, but she doesn’t hesitate to tell it like it is either. I truly enjoy talking with her.

Her kind words were something that I needed to hear. We all need to be told thank you and that we’re appreciated. There are two things I’ve always believed. God will put the right people in my life at the right time, and for the right reasons, and He will never give me more than I can handle.

It’s so easy to fall into the daily grind that we lose focus on how others perceive us. I’m thankful that my friend took time today to share her kind words with me.

James 1:17: Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.

 

 

The Golden Spoon

We all know the type, those that have everything handed to them and yet they don’t appreciate what they have. They’re always the first to criticize, the person that looks down on others, and they always have to best of everything.

As I sat in a meeting the other day with a group of men and women, I had to hold the laughter in as I listened to a small group as they spent time trying to best each other. It was comical to say the least; they weren’t hearing what the other said.

Their conversation was quite interesting as they spoke loud enough for everyone to hear. Each trying to out do the other with the stories of their summer excursions, shopping trips, purchases and future plans of how to spend their wealth. As I listened, I noticed that several others in the room had also tuned in. This added another element to the situation. As the focus turned toward their conversation, the volume began to rise. The show became quite comical.

Many people spend their lives working and saving for what they have. Taking the time to plan, save and truly appreciate the fruits of their labors, while others have had their good fortune handed to them. Wealth does buy a lot, but it doesn’t buy happiness.

Ecclesiastes 5:10:  Whoever loves money never has enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with their income. This too is meaningless.

You Reap What You Sow

We’ve all worked with that person, the one that always looks over everyone else’s shoulders, their concerned about others’ work and they’re always talking behind your back. They’re not happy with their life and chose to make the workplace their playground.

As an outsider looking in, I would never have dreamed that this one particular coworker would be this way; however, in time I learned. It started just a few months into working with this person, they would make comments about others in the workplace. I’m not one to talk poorly about another person as I don’t walk in their shoes. I was taken back by the comments but considered that possibly something was going on in their personal life affecting their emotions and judgement.

It wasn’t long before I figured out that this person isn’t happy with their life and will turn on others without reason. I was shocked to learn how my coworker had been speaking about me behind my back; no different than what they had been saying about others. It’s disappointing, and I shouldn’t have been surprised as we all know that people that have nothing good to say about others will target everyone and anyone.

I truly believe that a person who is good to others and works hard no matter what their profession will when the time is right enjoy the fruits of their labors. Those, like my coworker that chooses to spend their time being miserable will never enjoy the rewards.

Galatians 6:7-8: Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.

 

Now What?

Well, today was the day. At 6:43 a.m. my first Fitbit band bit the dust! It’s amusing, and I have to share in hopes that it will make you laugh too. I hold on to everything. No, I’m not a hoarder, I don’t think there is always a need to be buying. Eleven months ago I purchased a Fitbit because it’s just not enough to track my runs through my Nike+ running ap, I also need to keep track of the number of steps each beyond those from my morning run. Yep, pure craziness! The one thing I refused to purchase was an additional band.

About two months ago I noticed that one of the straps was loose, and as long as I re-positioned it, my Fitbit was still secure. I knew the inevitable would happen; I would be forced to purchase at least one new band. Ugh! Now I have to spend money. (I am laughing. As much as I hate spending money on frivolous things I genuinely enjoy Internet shopping or at least Internet browsing.)

So I was prepared for the fateful Fitbit band biting the dust day. I spent time perusing the Internet for a selection of fashionable bands, and oh my, I hit the Jackpot! Of course, the seller that was my demise was on Amazon as they have everything and at bargain prices, plus FREE SHIPPING!!!

As I neared the end of my run this morning, I could feel the band loosen, and this time there was no way to save it. The original black band has been sturdy and reliable after spending 11 months and nearly 900 miles on my wrist as we ran many streets and trails. I bid thee farewell as I don one of my new fashionable bands. Thank you old friend for seeing me through runs in the snow, wind and rain, and a few close calls with wildlife as well as sitting in blistering heat and dealing with being covered by dirt and agri-lime as we enjoyed every minute of travel ball this summer. What a GREAT run we had!

Psalm 16:11: You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

Early Riser

Good morning my friends! Welcome to another beautiful day! Yes, I’m that crazy person that starts their day at 5 a.m. with a morning run… enjoying the morning as I watch everything wake for another busy day. It’s amazing how busy our lives are that we forget to enjoy God’s creation and gift to us.

Depending on my route and the number of miles I run, my morning is filled with headlights as people head to their job, birds waking as the sun begins to peak from its blissful sleep, wildlife of deer that cross my path, raccoons scurrying across the way and sometimes a skunk or two, a family of foxes that are out looking for their morning meal and the occasional biker or fellow runner getting a jump on their day too.

We’re given a fresh start each day, and how we approach each situation is up to us… no matter how trying it is or rewarding. Taking time for ourselves, whether it is early in the morning, a mid-day getaway or an evening of time alone, we all need to spend time with Him to recharge.

Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Accomplishments

Have you ever had one of those days? You know the one where you’ve done a lot but accomplished nothing? Typically it’s not a bad day, just busy and nonproductive.

When the five o’clock hour approached yesterday, I couldn’t believe how much I hadn’t gotten done even though I had been busy from the moment I walked in the door. How does this happen? How did I put in a 10 hour day and complete nothing for the day? I didn’t even stop for lunch, just snacked on everything in sight because I had so much to do.

While at home I found myself thinking about my unproductive day. I should have put everything behind me, but I couldn’t. My day kept playing over and over in my mind. I wasn’t bothered, just shaking my head at not being able to let the day go.

My first thought was a trip to the gym, which always makes me feel better, that would be the answer to letting go of the day. After shuffling children to and from their nighttime activities, I made my way to the gym where it’s just me and my music. Such a good feeling to focus on nothing; however, all too soon that distraction was over.

I decided that I would look over the notes from the day to figure out why I was so restless. As I read through my day, I thought about everything I had worked on, the phone calls I had taken, the people I helped, and then I realized how productive my day had been. I had accomplished a lot – prep work for projects, made sure those in need of assistance had been taken care of, resolved numerous problems, and did all of this between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m.

I took a deep breath and smiled, even though I felt as if I had done nothing but spin my wheels all day; I had accomplished a lot – it was a good day!

John 14:27: Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.