Monday, February 15, 2016

A Light to the World

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Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father which is in Heaven.  Matt 5:16 (NIV)

Earlier this year my dear mother had to be rushed to the hospital as it was becoming increasingly difficult for her to breath in addition to having abdominal pains.  After she was examined by the doctor she was immediately prepared for surgery as the cause of her discomfort was an inflamed appendix.  Recovery that should have taken three days turned into three weeks.  During this period our concern was not so much directed at the healing process but to some extent the care being given.

As my wife and I visited her in the hospital, we could not help but notice the nurses spent most of their time attending to the machines that were hooked up to her.  As a matter of fact the majority of the staff who entered her room did so without saying a word.  They entered the room looked at the machines and walked right out. No one took the time to attend to the patient lying on the bed. Sometimes we wondered if we were invisible.  Interacting with them we realized they were wonderful people, however, wonderful and caring are not synonymous.  We thought all was lost until in walked the angel who first attended to my mother and when she was satisfied that the patient was okay went over to the machines.  She had to be commended.

Joseph's Memoirs
Principles for Success
We are living in a world where people are increasingly fixated on making a living without caring about others and why should they?  The christian model has been thrown away yet businesses are looking for the substitute that does not exist.  Corporations are searching for the Josephs, Daniels, Esthers and Ruths and it's not that they are coming up short.  Where are those who will stand up and deliver God's values and be counted?  Where are the individuals who will care for the customer and the patient as the Good Samaritan did?  Who's fault is it that these people are not coming forward? Well, in some cases corporations have to bear the responsibility.  They wish to have the people who exhibit Christ-like values but wish for Christ to be left at home.  You can not ask an architect to design a building with natural light then insist that there be no windows and the roof be solid.  Life doesn't operate that way. Unfortunately, in an attempt to gain and remain employed the christian sacrifices their values for the 30 pieces of silver.  Thus losing their initial value.

Christ reminds us that we "are the salt of the earth.  But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again?  It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trample under foot." Is it any wonder that the work place is becoming increasingly stressful for everyone.  Christians can't 'shine' as they should and are overcome by the corporations routine. (Matt. 5:13) Joseph never made a substitution in his values.  When he was asked to, his response was, "How then can I then do this great wickedness, and sin against God?"  (Genesis 39:9).

Christianity is a noun that tends to transition into a verb.  It is who we are because of who our Heavenly Father is.  Our actions do not dictate who we are BUT because of who we are, it dictates our actions.

Many businesses have permanently closed their doors as they have overlooked the simple principle of caring for others beginning with those they employ.  Research has shown that employee engagement is decreasing in the workplace, however, in an effort to maximize profits few changes have been made.  Take care of the people and profits will follow.  Many companies have proven this to be true. Provide a warm work environment and a service built on integrity, quality and other Godly values and you will be known by many.  To have Godly values you first have to know and acknowledge Him as your source of strength.

Without knowing Christ you can not have Christ-like qualities.  It is time Christians realize they are needed now more than ever: arise and be counted.  If we remember this simple lesson: treat others as we would like to be treated not only would it make a statement of our connection with God but it would make us more desirable in life and in business.

Today my mother is recovering at home in the care of her children.  While hospitalized she saw how much we cared as she was never left alone.  God's law requires us to honor our parents and that we do.  At the tender age of ninety three she is looking forward to once more walking to church and doing her everyday chores.  Don't tell her to take it easy she will tell you she has a lot more to do and to give God thanks for.