Monthly Archives: February 2014

The Easy Yoke

My-yokeCome to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. – Matthew 11:28-30, NIV

Lately, I have been contemplating these words of Jesus! What a wonderful invitation He gives to those who were burdened by the religious practices of His day! It’s an invitation to rest, to cease striving, to trust in Him. To the weary and burdened, Jesus states that the easy yoke begins with Him. It begins with a right understanding of spirituality. For as Dallas Willard states, “Spirituality wrongly understood is a major source of human misery and rebellion towards God.”

In Jesus’ day if we measured spiritual maturity based on spiritual activity, then the Pharisees would have won every time. Yet, it was the Pharisees boundary markers that were tiresome, for the Pharisees had a burdensome yoke of self-righteousness and legalistic law-keeping.

So what does it mean to go through life and not be burdened? To fully experience what Jesus talks about in this verse. Well here are a few thoughts…

  1. The easy yoke involves a life of training, not trying! Paul spoke of this in 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 when he states, “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.” Training is simply the means by which I live by grace. Wesley spoke of “means of grace.” If we are going to be experience the easy yoke, we need to arrange our lives around the person of Jesus, reflecting His character and commitments. We enter into training to win an imperishable wreath. Luke 6:40 says, “no disciple is above the master, but every disciple, when fully trained, will be like his master.” Train yourself into godliness. The easy yoke is a life of training (not just trying) to be like Jesus.
  2. The easy yoke begins with joy! One must arrange their day, so that they experience contentment and joy. But what if you have a problem with joylessness? How do we do that? Do you just try harder to be joyful? Does that work? How do you train for joy? One thought…have you ever noticed how many ‘holidays’ there are in the Old Testament? There were countless feasts! All which caused the people to pause, remember and celebrate God’s goodness. These trained people for joy. So go eat great food! Arrange your life to remember God’s faithfulness and goodness in the land of the living. As Dallas Willard puts it, “You must arrange your life so that you are experiencing deep contentment, joy and confidence in your own everyday life with God.”
  3. The easy yoke is finding my worth and identification in who I am and not what I am doing! If this is true, than we don’t have to carry upon ourselves the burden of outcomes! Let’s face it, we are “human beings” not “human doings”. Our worth is based on God’s love and what He says is true of us. It’s not based on what we do. As believers in Christ, we are deeply loved. We are totally forgiven. We are absolutely complete in Christ. Therefore, I don’t have to do anything to make God love me more. He loves me completely, for His love isn’t based on what I do, but whose I am!

To experience the easy yoke, we must ruthlessly eliminate hurry from our life. Hurry is the great enemy of spiritual life in our day. Therefore, we must train ourselves to be spiritual, not out of a sense of obligation, but in realizing that this training is the means, and not the end, to truly living the life God intended. 

What to Do When Looking for a Job

Looking-for-a-job-onlineThe past week I rifled through a bunch of resumes in the search for a new Women’s Ministry Leader. I’ve done this search once before, when I was the Executive Pastor at Lakeside Church, but in the process of looking through the resumes, I was reminded of the many common mistakes people make in the process of applying for jobs. So, in an effort to help out a few folks, here is my list of things to avoid or do when applying for a job.

  1. Spell the Hiring Managers Name Correctly – In your email or cover letter, make sure to spell your potential supervisor’s name correctly. People take pride in their name and a misspelling of their name shows that you haven’t done your research and don’t pay attention to detail.
  2. Make Sure Your Career Objective Matches the Desired Position – If you’re applying for a Women’s Ministry Position and your resume says that your “career objective” is to be a registered nurse, than who am I to stop you from being a nurse? If you really want the job, take the time to match your career objective to the desired position.
  3. List Your Volunteer Involvements – If you’re making a career move and your professional experience doesn’t match up with the position, take time to supplement your resume with volunteer opportunities showing experience and proven success as a volunteer in your desired field.
  4. Complete the Job Packet – There’s a reason that a potential employer is asking you to submit a cover letter, resume and job application. They want to know if you can follow instructions and get a look at your work. Incomplete job applications, or missing documents speak volumes.
  5. Add Personal Touches – Stand out in the pack and put a little of you in the process. Whether it’s a photo, adding a creative touch on your resume, or doing some creative writing on your cover letter, these touches go a long way to grab attention.
  6. Go The Extra Mile – Without giving away all my secrets, I was super impressed that one gal took time to interact with me on Social Media. She left comments on my blog and interacted with me on my Facebook account. In doing so, she showed me that she had some social media savvy. Another gal showed up to church to check it out. All these touches, show your level of interest in the position and give your potential supervisor the opportunity to see another side of you.

Certainly there are many other things I could add to this list, but these were just some of the common mistakes I noticed in many of the applicants. Hopefully they will be helpful to you in your next job search.

Best Commercials of Super Bowl XLVIII

Super_Bowl_XLVIII_logoWith the Seahawks blow out in SuperBowl XLVIII, one would hope that the commercials would bring some fun and entertainment to televisions biggest sports event. However, I have to admit that this years line of commercials left me highly disappointed and wanting more. Like last year, I avoided watching the Super Bowl commercial previews, except for two, so I had a spirit of anticipation going into the game, but just wasn’t wowed. However, the commercials that did get me, where the ones that celebrated America’s patriotic spirit and the people who make this nation great, much like last years line up of favorites. And I was super grateful that most of the commercials were family friendly.

So without further ado, here’s my line up of favorites:

Best Overall: Budweiser Puppy Love

Funniest: Radio Shack

Most Inspirational: Duracell

Honorable Mention: Chevy

What was your favorite?

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