Life is Short

“Are you on this planet to do something, or are you just here for something to do?”– James Kounzes Try this little assignment Take a long look at the first older person you see (let’s say seventies or higher is ‘old’ for this exercise). After you watch them for a few minutes, try to imagine the big things that happened in their lifetime and how they are feeling about their past at that moment. Are they nostalgic? Remorseful? Regretful? Disappointed?… Read more

When to quit your job

There are times when it necessary — even beneficial — to quit your job. For some workers, there are intolerable conditions that are better left in the rear-view mirror. You may need to reposition your future and go in a different direction. With a healthy and vibrant economy, there is no moral quandary to finding other employment.There is a right way to do this. Don’t burn your bridges. Don’t say things you shouldn’t say. Don’t bad mouth the company or… Read more

Go ahead, irritate me!

In life, there always seems to be somebody that finds a way to get under my skin. I have one button, and they always find a way to push it. Intentional or not, there is a certain “tension” that always hangs in the air.Rather than run from these relationships, I need to embrace them.Crazy thinking again?No.God uses these people to knock off the edges, to buff out the imperfections in my life. They are there not to ruin my life,… Read more

Can we solve our schedules?

Life’s difficulties are often purported to be solved in easy solutions. 12 Steps to an Alcohol Free Life. 6 Ways to a Thinner You. 8 Ways To Create More Time. The 90 Second Cook.I have subscribed to many of these formulas, looking a quick fix. I want a combo meal existence. I want one price to meet all my needs and wants. I want a drink because I am thirsty and food because I am hungry. I want something sweet… Read more

Sweat and stress in the workplace

We are well aware of Adam’s plight. Before the fall, crops were not subject to drought or freeze. Thorns and rocks had not invaded the fertile soil.But after sin tainted this perfect world, the ground would no longer produce without heavy, back-breaking labor. Sweat would drip on the earth as man labored to bring forth its fruit.Today, we don’t know much about sweat. While many of us have jobs of heavy labor, most are aided by technology or invention. My… Read more

Into the wild – still can’t find meaning

This much talked-about movie — based on the book by by Jon Krakauer — was recently released. The entire premise of the true story is a brutal commentary on our modern culture.It chronicles the life of young Chris McCandless as he looks for meaning, and ends up disappearing into the Alaskan wilderness.The book – and presumably the movie – are excellent. But there is a pervasive sadness. McCandless looks for purpose in his life, running from riches, running from society… Read more

Would anybody miss you?

This worker apparently died at his desk — and no one found him till several days later. If true, this is a sad commentary. If this is a hoax, it’s a warning. Get your priorities straight! Please, share with a friend if you feel moved. Read all past issues at http://www.patheos.com/blogs/davidrupert Read more

Workplace reformation

The serene beauty of a holy life is the most powerful influence in the world next to the power of God. — Blaise PascalThe reformation brought about many things in the sixteenth century, including a destruction of aristocracy, an unprededented equality and the closure of the gulf between the laity and the priesthood.The established church was ensconced in power – considering their ministry sacred and despising all else as secular. But the New Testament teaches something altogether different“But you are… Read more

“Oh. Sorry.” Patriot coach caught cheating on the job

In this space, we have highlighted about the need for integrity at the workplace. Theft of time, fudging numbers and other falsehoods might work in the short run – but in the end, they cut short productivity. The New England Patriots have been accused, caught, and fined for cheating. Using video cameras, they taped defensive signals by opponent’s coaches. NFL security confiscated a video camera and tape from a Patriots employee during New England’s 38-14 victory. The employee was accused… Read more

Workplace theft imperils productivity

One of the most widespread workplace issues is theft.Larceny, corruption, and cooking the books are so commonplace, that they are almost the expected. These kinds of shenanigans are helping lead us to a place of continual distrust – we don’t trust government, we don’t trust business, we don’t even trust churches – all because others have stolen and we suspect that everyone is too.This lack of trust leads to inordinate reporting, audits and mindless double-checks. It slows productivity and displaces… Read more

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