Every Job A Parable – A Book Review

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Every Job A Parable by John Van Sloten is a book that challenges us to see our job in a new light, and prompts us to answer the question, “What does my job tell us about God?”

“to help kindle a new kind of vocational imagination, to help you experience God at work more, and to help you read the parable that is your job.”

If your like me, there are times when I wonder if what I do for a living makes a difference, does it matter?  Am I just working at working?  Better yet, are questions like, “Do you think your job is important to God?  Does God think your job is important to Him?”  John answers these questions in this book.  He shows us that any job can be used to glorify God.  Every job provides the opportunity to serve Him.

I think this book would be great in a small group setting.  Very honest and eye opening conversations could be had with people from different vocations as you explore what work would be like if we viewed it as another way to serve God.

John Van Sloten is a pastor, teacher and writer who lives in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. For the past 20 years he’s been exploring a worldview that seeks to discern God’s voice in all things: the Bible, the arts, sport, science, film, music, literature, history, mathematics, nature and human nature.

4 out of 5 stars.

You can get the book HERE

I am blessed to have received a copy of this book for free from Tyndale Publishers for review purposes.  I received no other compensation and the review is my own honest opinion of the book.

Be good to each other, Jay

Insights from a recovering idiot about life, faith, and grace. | Perfectly Imperfect

WHY YOUR PAST DOESN’T HAVE TO DISQUALIFY YOU

A great post by Pastor and author Kurt Bubna!

via Insights from a recovering idiot about life, faith, and grace. | Perfectly Imperfect.

Self-proclaimed “recovering idiot”, Kurt has been in pastoral ministry since 1976 and now serves as the Senior Pastor of Eastpoint Church, a vibrant, growing, and community-focused congregation in Spokane Valley, Washington.

40 great tips for a great life!

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Life is made up of good and bad lessons we accumulate along the way. In order to understand it, we must separate it into a few domains, each with its own lessons to teach us. This list of good advice was given by a group of people from all ages. So here are 40 great tips for a great life!

Health
1. Drink a lot of water
2. Eat your breakfast like kings, lunch like princes, and dinner like beggars
3. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less foods made in factories
4. Live your life according to the TEE principle: Truth, Empathy and Energy.
5. Make time for contemplation and/or prayer
6. Involve more game playing in your life
7. Read more books than you read last year
8. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes a day
9. Invest at least 7 hours of sleep every sleep
10. Take 10-30 minutes to walk somewhere each day. Smile while you walk.

Character
11. Don’t compare your lives to those of others. You have no idea what their journey really looks like.
12. Don’t waste time on negative thoughts or things you cannot change. Instead divert your energy to a positive moment in the present.
13. Don’t exaggerate in your actions, keep yourself in check.
14. You don’t have to win EVERY argument. Agree to disagree.
15. Don’t waste your energy gossiping.
16. Dream more while you’re awake.
17. Envy is a waste of time. You may already have all you need, but if not, envy won’t get it for you.
18. Forget past events and don’t remind your partners of their past mistakes. It will ruin your present happiness.
19. Life’s too short to hate people. Don’t hate in vain.
20. Make peace with your past, or it will destroy you at present.
21. No one is responsible for your happiness but you.
22. Realize that life is a school and you’re here to learn. Problems are just a part of learning, but the lesson they teach will be with you for life.
23. Smile more. Laugh more.
24. Don’t take yourselves so seriously, no one else will! Community
25. Call your family often.
26. Every day give something good to another.
27. Forgive everyone, for everything.
28. Spend time with people over 80 and under 6 – it will teach you a lot.
29. Try to make at least 3 people smile, every day.
30. What other people think of you is none of your concern.
31. Your work won’t take care of you when you’re sick. Your family and friends will. Don’t cut ties.

Life
32. Do the right thing. It pays in the long term
33. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or brings you enjoyment.
34. Pray, pray for everything.
35. Forgiveness heals all wounds.
36. No matter how good or bad the current situation is, it’ll change.
37. The best is yet to come.
38. When you wake up alive in the morning, don’t take it for granted – embrace it.
39. The secret of secrets in your heart is that you CAN be happy – so be happy.
40. Never forget to enjoy the time you have, the moment you are in, and the people that share these things with you!

be a blessing

5 Valuable Things You Can Give that Do Not Cost a Thing

While money supposedly makes the world go ‘round, individuals and groups can make an impact without using any form of currency. Learn about five cost-free ways to contribute to yourself, others and the planet. This list comes to us from goodnet.org
1. YOUR VOICE
THE BASICS: 
Social media is a great outlet to make a difference, by making your opinion heard and gathering attention around a certain issue.
WHERE TO TURN: 
To amplify your voice, check out Thunderclap which allows a singular cause or message to be shared in mass, flash mob-style via Facebook, Twitter or Tumblr.

2. YOUR TIME
THE BASICS: Time is one of the most valuable commodities out there and giving it to others can be a priceless gift.
WHERE TO TURN: Get your volunteering on with VolunteerMatch, a top notch search engine which finds volunteer opportunities in your area according to your interests.

3. YOUR GOOD INTENTIONS
THE BASICS: Acting in a kind manner does not cost a thing, with studies revealing that good deeds and kind acts have a ripple effect that increase the amount of positivity surrounding us.
WHERE TO TURN: For a bit of inspiration, watch this video by the nonprofit Life Vest Inside which demonstrates the way kindness spreads. On an everyday basis, simple acts like smiling at a stranger or holding the door open for the next person are don’t require much effort and can make all the difference to someone else.

4. YOUR CARE FOR THE PLANET
THE BASICS: Living in a cleaner and greener world is something that you can bestow upon future generations.
WHERE TO TURN: Picking up stray pieces of litter that you come across is an important contribution that can be made into a daily routine. Take it a step further by posting your trash on Instagram’s Litterati which serves as a useful tool to identify what type of garbage is accumulating and where.

5. YOUR HEALTH
THE BASICS: Being in good health means that you can be around to enjoy life and spend time with those who are most important.
WHERE TO TURN: Here is a list of five apps to get you started paying attention to your nutrition by helping you choose healthy foods. For those looking to improve their physical activity, enjoy these five fun games you used to play as a kid to get your heart pumping, and monitor your fitness progress with the free app RunKeeper.

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SEVEN HABITS THAT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE

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I opened my email this morning and found this little tidbit by Crystal Paine, founder of MoneySavingMom.com and author of Say Goodbye to Survival Mode, and I thought I just needed to share this with all of you.  Number 1 and 7 are the key ones for me.  How about you?

SEVEN HABITS THAT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE

1. Start taking care of yourself. If you don’t put a priority on your health and mental sanity, you will pay for it now and later. Not only will you be constantly overworked, exhausted, and stressed, but you’ll also suffer from the physical and emotional fallout that comes from not making yourself a priority.

2. Go to bed early and get a good night’s rest. Most Americans are severely sleep deprived. It’s no wonder they don’t have passion and purpose for life; they can barely keep their eyes open and their heads from nodding off! Refueling your sleep tank is important to being efficient during the day.

3. Make the most of your mornings. Getting your day off to a great start is one of the best ways to kick-start your productivity. Wake up a little earlier, and spend time building your faith by reading the Bible and praying. Start tackling a few items on your to-do list. Make a goal list for the week. Go for a walk around your neighborhood.

4. Set five small goals. Without goals, all your good intentions amount to nothing. You need concrete, realistic goals if you want to make traction in the right direction.

5. Break down your goals into bite-size pieces. Sometimes a big goal can seem overwhelming. Break down your big goals into monthly, then weekly chunks—things you can accomplish in fifteen to thirty minutes at a time. You’ll instantly transform your goals from daunting to doable.

6. Find an accountability partner. You can’t live life on purpose on your own. Find a friend or two who are willing to keep you on task. Set up regular check-ins, whether online, in person, or over the phone. Share ideas on how to practically engage in an accountability relationship.

7. Replace the TV or Internet surfing with productivity. Feel like you don’t have enough time? Well, you’re not alone. Most Americans feel like they are incredibly strapped for time. But the average American also watches four hours of television per day. If we all invested even half of that time into improving ourselves, working toward our goals, working out, getting more sleep, and so on, think about how much better we’d feel and how much more fulfilled we’d be in life!

No matter your age, your financial situation, your education, or your upbringing, you can live an exceptional life. You can say goodbye to survival mode and hello to a life that matters. A life that makes a difference. A life on purpose!

Today be a blessing!  Jay