Ephesians 4:2 be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Yesterday was my first time working after being sick for about 4 months now and before that the jobs I had done were lighter than normal. The only reason that I had accepted the job was that I had two family members working on it as well. I had worked with one of them but not the other. I wasn’t sure how this was going to pan out because all three of us are more like bosses instead of gophers or grunt laborers. On every job, I pray for not only safety but that God is working through our hands to have these jobs done to the best of our ability. Every time I have prayed this prayer I end up taking my time and focusing on what should be done instead of how fast I can get it done. Second chronicles 7:14 If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. After this prayer, the three of us had worked together and got a two-day job done in one day to perfection! We had some nice conversations and it tested me in regards to sharing and not trying to take control. I learned a lot from both of these gentlemen and I ended up stepping back when they had a better idea than what I was thinking. I haven’t always been the best boss, but over the years God has shown me it’s better to be a servant than a bad leader. When we end up serving others we end up placing them before ourselves. Throughout the Bible that’s what Jesus did, he placed others in front of himself, loved strangers, and encouraged the lost. Ever since I started applying this to the jobs that I get they have come out so much better than me trying to take over and take charge. Imagine for a second Jesus coming down and being the most powerful being that he is taking over everything and everyone, not caring about others and their problems. I think that his miracles wouldn’t have been as great because he would be doing it all for himself and His glory in regards to riches and power. Instead, he loved with a passion that we can only dream of having. He not only fed us physically but spiritually as well. The miracles he performed were for others, to change the very way that we see God and others. I am very proud of how God has interceded in my life how he has taught me and shown me to be more humble at work. I’m still working on that at home with God’s help to be a better father and husband. But I know with God leading and guiding me I will prevail. Philippians 2:3 do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. James 4:10 humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you. If you would like to be more humble in your life today giving your day to God and the way it should go, then please join me in prayer. Dear heavenly father thank you so much for yet another beautiful day please forgive us for any of our sins and trespasses Lord. Heavenly Father we give our day to you today so that you can place what we’re doing in order of importance to you. When we go to work or the store or anywhere Lord please help us to be more caring of others. Help us to be humble Lord. Show us how we can not only love others more but also be able to take advice and love from others. Help us be more like you every day so that we can be the best disciples we can be for you. Thank you for being with us, in us, and around us, and always wrap your loving arms around us holding us as only you can. In Jesus’ precious name amen!

Published by Matthew, Karen, and God

Karen Guthrie, a retired Bank Manager, Vice President, and Matthew Moore, who works in construction, are members of the same church. In March 2014, they both joined the Oakdale Rescue Mission Board of Directors. They started sharing their stories with one another on how God has greatly impacted their lives.

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