ChristAlive! Archives: Workplace & Family Life Balance

I sat down to lunch a few years ago with my friend, John. I told him, “John, I seemed to be in a rut. What can you recommend to help me grow in my relationship with God?” He gave me this verse, not the entire verse mind you, just the last six words: "… apart from me you can do nothing." He said, “Go pray about that for a while and then we can talk again.”
Are there hidden areas of sin that you want to change but are ashamed to discuss? Challenge yourself to share them with your accountability group. If you don’t have this kind of group, find or start one. Make yourself available to the other members who may be having trouble opening up about certain sins in their own lives.
Even though my physical appearance seems to be “wasting away”, I have not lost heart, because day by day, I am being renewed inwardly. Because what I do for a living is incorporated with fulfilling my purpose for God, it’s difficult for me to visualize myself doing anything else. I love what I do and love the people I serve.
Galatians 6:2 certainly holds true for my Friday morning WCIC Challenge Group. We have carried each other’s burdens by providing practical support and intercessory prayers when the struggles of life felt hopeless and beyond our individual capacities to handle.
In the spring of 1997 my wife, Michelle, informed me that she was experiencing the early symptoms of Huntington’s Disease (HD) and wanted to be tested. HD is a hereditary, degenerative brain disorder that had not only claimed the life of her grandmother, but had also been passed on to her mother. A child of a parent with HD has a 50% chance of acquiring the gene.
I was in my office when I eased into a comfortable chair and picked up a bible. We have several bibles in various locations at home and at work — some used more than others – and various translations. I was tired and feeling drained when I turned to Ezekiel. Tucked in the pages I found an envelope addressed to me in my handwriting with a note card inside...
There is a song we sing in CIC called Come Follow Me. In the refrain it says, “Leave all behind and follow me.” Last year, as my wife, Michelle, and I prepared to make the move from Arizona to Iowa to a much smaller home, we found ourselves getting rid of many possessions... Something told us that the list of things Jesus was calling us to leave behind probably went further than a dining room set, couch and pool table.
As I looked around the body of Christ, I could see the needs I wasn’t able to meet because of my full-time work status. I was torn between serving the body through my job and being more available to support the other needs of my brothers and sisters in Christ. My heart was moved with love and I wanted to do more.
My wife and I were having some problems a while back. We weren’t getting along. We seemed disconnected. We rarely made contact, except to irritate each other, or so it seemed. We resolved to go away for a long weekend and work on “us”.
This is the third time God speaks to Joseph through an angel in a dream. The first time was to tell him to take Mary as his wife after he had decided to divorce her quietly because she was pregnant. The second time was to flee to Egypt to escape Herod’s efforts to kill the child Jesus. The third time was to return to Israel when it was safe...