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Christian Living

The Best Job Ever

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We called a plumber last week to come check on our ailing water heater. And, as is often the case, a young apprentice came with him. While the boss was on the phone–finding a part–the two of us got a chance to talk.

He told me that he had been in the army, but was honorably discharged after fracturing his hip in a training exercise. I asked him if he missed the military. He said, “Yes. The Army is actually the best job ever. You get told what to do. You get told how and when to do it. They even tell you what to wear!” My first thought was, “Wow, it’s the same way with the Lord!”

This is love for God: to obey his commands. And His commands are not burdensome, for everyone born of God overcomes the world.

1 John 5:3

Later that evening, I combed through my Bible, looking for the job description of a follower of Christ–also known as, the”best job ever!”

God tells us what to do

“Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”–Isaiah 30:21 (NIV)

He tells you how and when to do it.

“The Lord gave me this answer: “Write down clearly on tablets what I reveal to you, so that it can be read at a glance. Put it in writing, because it is not yet time for it to come true. But the time is coming quickly, and what I show you will come true. It may seem slow in coming, but wait for it; it will certainly take place, and it will not be delayed.”–Habakkuk 2:2-3 (GNT)

He even tells you what to wear.

“Therefore as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.”– Colossians 3:12 (NIV)


When I was doing my undergrad, I had non-christian classmates ask me, “So, you just follow your God like a robot?” “No,” I replied, “I’m more like a Ford Model T that’s maintained by Henry Ford himself. It’s always best to stick with the guy who designed you.”

🙏❤️ prayers and love.


For a post about the best boss ever, please read: “God Believes in You.”

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Christian Living

Comparing Pumpkins

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God, let me not compare myself to anyone else in anything, because you do not compare me to anyone else here on earth.

Scribe Lady, A Prayer for Today, on Country Ripples

One of my favorite kid’s movies to watch this time of year is, Spookley: The Square Pumpkin. Being square in shape makes him a prime target for harassment by the other pumpkins, who are round. Thankfully, a quirky scarecrow and his two bat sidekicks help Spookley realize his uniqueness is actually a strength.

Why is it so easy to compare ourselves with others, and so hard not too? We know what Paul said, speaking of his detractors in Corinth, “They make up their own standards to measure themselves by, and they judge themselves by their own standards!” – 2 Corinthians 10:2 (GNT) Can you relate? As a touchy-feely, sensitive artist type, at times I’ve felt like a square pumpkin in a patch full of spherical smarty pants.

This is why I find Scribelady’s quote so affirming. God isn’t grading you or me against anyone, or anything but His own plan for our lives! (Ephesians 2:10) I remember once at a youth meeting a pastor held up several pieces of chalk. Some were long, some were short, and some were in between. He said, “This is how we see each other.” Then he turned his hand so we could only see the tops of the chalk. “This is how God sees us.”


“Chalk” by quinn.anya is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

So who’s to say, but the Lord Himself, if one person’s “pumpkin” is better than another’s?

God has made us what we are, and in our union with Christ Jesus He has created us for a life of good deeds, which He has already prepared for us to do.

Ephesians 2:10 (GNT)
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Christian Living Purpose

Hummingbird Moments

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I love watching the “hummers” hover around our flowers, but I’m never fast enough to get a good photo.🙄 Enter my friend, Gary Fultz, hummingbird-picture-taker extraordinaire! Gary has some wonderful nature shots on the free photo sharing site, Unsplash. You can check them out here. If you use some of his pics on your blog you can even leave him a tip via PayPal.

What’s so fascinating about hummingbirds is how God expertly crafted them to do one thing REALLY well. When it comes to acrobatic nectar gathering, nothing tops these little green guys! They excel at what they were made to do.

And you and me? What did God uniquely gift each of us to do? Every now and again we have our “Hummingbird Moments”—when we’re reminded of our God-given purpose.

A few weeks ago I got to sing in the chorus for a concert version of the musical Oklahoma! During the rousing final number, the audience rose to their feet as they clapped along. And at that moment, singing second tenor at the top of my lungs, I realized anew, “This is what I was born to do!”

Enough about me. How has God uniquely gifted you? What were YOU born to do?

Sometimes it helps to condense your life purpose into a handful of words; make a six word story that sums up you. Here’s mine: Teaches children, helps and encourages people. Oops, I said enough about me.☺️

Please give it a try! I’d love to hear your six words. Share in the comments, if you’d like.


If you are uniquely gifted in your work, you will rise and be promoted. You won’t be held back–you’ll stand before kings.

Proverbs 22:29 (TPT)

A person’s gift opens doors for him and brings him before the great.

Proverbs 18:16 (CSB)

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