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The following blogs are called, Faith Bytes, for each one is a God inspired life and work lesson.

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While preparing for a class I came across a quote for the first time, but wished I could have learned its truth a lot earlier in my life. The quote was by Mother Teresa and says, “You can do what I cannot do. I can do what you cannot do. Together we can do great things.”

Mother Teresa reiterates God’s word to each of us. Each one of us was created in His image for a very specific purpose that only we can fulfill. But we are not called to be “lone rangers”. God’s purpose is for us to come together, each bringing her own gifts and talents, to do the good works for which we were created.

Stop and think what Jesus accomplished through the apostles. He took twelve men with very unique gifts and talents (and equally unique weaknesses and quirks), and invited them to come and follow Him so He could make them fishers of men. We are similarly invited to come together, each with our unique gifts and talents, and, empowered by the Holy Spirit, to complement one another in working together to be the presence of Christ in the lives of those around us.

No one else can dance your dance, sing your song, and do your job quite like you. As we come together and build upon one another’s unique gifts and talents, we encourage others to blossom in confidence and skill, and we see projects completed, deadlines met, and tasks accomplished. God’s creativity is honored. He made each of us unique and no one else can do just what you do! 

“Love one another.” John 15:12 

Thank you, Heavenly Father, for my gifts and the gifts of those around me. Teach me to use my gifts to help those around me and to glorify Your kingdom. In Jesus Name, Amen.

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One of my students told me this quote, “If you don't stand for something you will fall for anything.” I concur with this statement. I always love how God aligns my classes for lessons I need to learn. I was teaching a class on Corporate Social Responsibility and learned that a corporation's social responsibility comes down to one thing, what are the values it stands for. Moreover, I believe this is true of every individual.

One of my first questions in all my classes to my learners is, "What are your values? For it is your values that are your moral compass, and it is these values that help you ensure you are standing for what you believe."

I have discovered there really is not much I can control in my life, but I can stand for the values I believe in. My core value is my faith, and it is my faith that I stand for, and use daily as my moral compass to ensure I am always doing my best to talk and walk my values.

Much will come to us in life, for the Bible says we will endure trials and tribulations, but if we hold fast to God's teachings and stand for what our values are, we will overcome. For Christ is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. His values and teaching have endured yesterday, today, and will tomorrow too.

The fear of the LORD is pure, enduring forever. The decrees of the LORD are firm, and all of them are righteous. Psalm 19:9 (NIV)

For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God. 1 Peter 1:23 (NIV)

Thank you Heavenly Father for always reminding me that it is standing for Your values that will help me endure all that can and will come against me. In Jesus Name, Amen.

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Are there toxic people in your workplace? You know the type – the ones who never has a good thing to say, who complain about anything and everything, who love to be miserable? I am sure you do, for it has been my experience that they are in every organization.

I have learned, though, that it is better to learn to work with them than without them. I know that sounds strange, but the truth is that God brings all kinds of people into our lives so that we might pour out His love on them and along the way He transforms us more and more into the likeness of Christ. We have an opportunity to live each day truly as Christ did – from love, compassion and a whole lot of tolerance. Is it easy?  No, not always. But is it worth it? Yes!

I believe God brings certain toxic people into our lives in order that they may experience His grace through us, and to teach us how to love them in spite of ourselves. According to God’s word we are made new each day, so we have a new opportunity to love each day anew. God’s word also teaches us that love overcomes all. Next time you encounter a toxic person, remembers to love them anew each day.

"Be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other's faults because of your love. Always keep yourselves united in the Holy Spirit, and bind yourselves together with peace." Ephesians 4:2-3

Heavenly Father, thank You, for the gift of love. I ask for Your help in loving all. Teach me to love; teach me to be humble; teach me to be gentle; teach me to be patient; and teach me to speak words that build up and not tear down. In Jesus Name, Amen.

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Are You Juggling Elephants?

I have to say that I borrowed this title from a book I read. In it I read about how to juggle the many different roles and responsibilities in my life. The book began by saying “Life is like a three ring circus, and to try and do it all is like juggling elephants.” Never were truer words spoken. But it doesn’t keep me from trying. I do wish I could stop and learn to do more with less.

We have many roles and with each of these roles come many responsibilities. Some days it feels like it just doesn’t pay to get out of bed! I have days where I just want to pull the covers over my head and take the day off from everything, but then reality sets in and I know I can’t.

It doesn’t matter how much planning, preparation and “to-do lists” I create; I honestly do not have control over my schedule. I can make the plans, but it is God who controls the steps – a very difficult lesson of which I must always be reminded.

I recently heard a quote, “If I will do what I can, God will do what I can’t” (Joyce Meyer); simple words with a powerful statement. I can only do what I can do. I want to learn to set boundaries (not easy); I want to learn to say yes with integrity; I want to learn to say no (again, not easy); and I want to learn it is okay to take downtime just for me (massively hard to do!).

If you need permission to slow down, take on fewer responsibilities and do the things to which you are called, seek God. He always has the answer. Take joy in knowing you can rest in His arms and He will take any and all burdens you want to give him. It’s okay to just juggle the balls He has given you and not the elephants as well.

Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. Matthew 11:28-30

Thank you, Heavenly Father, for teaching me it is okay to take rest and that I do not have to do it all. In Jesus Name, Amen.