All posts by Edward E Moody Jr

Watch Out! Daylight Savings Time is About to Begin

Daylight Savings Time (DST) begins on Sunday at 2:00 am. Watch out! You are 3.6 times more likely to have an accident, and have a 5.7% increase in the chance of being injured on Monday when compared to other days. Barnes and Wagner (2009) thoroughly studied this problem by the examining databases of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Since 74 countries practice daylight savings time it helps to determine why this happens and how to deal with it.

What is the culprit? The average worker sleeps 40 minutes less than other days on the Sunday after DST begins. Loss of sleep has been tied to a reduction in alertness and attention resulting in more workplace accidents. There are many well known examples documenting this problem. Lack of sleep has been linked to the 1994 incident where U.S. fighter pilots shot down two U.S. Army Blackhawk helicopters over northern Iraq killing 26 peacekeepers. The Texas train wreck resulting in 3 deaths appears to have occurred when the engineer and conductor failed to respond to wayside signals after being sleep deprived. Larger studies of driver-at-fault accidents are strongly correlated with insufficient sleep. So what can you do to avoid being a victim of DST?

Be alert! In studying the DST workplace injuries Barnes and Wagner (2009) found that workers who had less experience on a job were actually less likely to be injured on the Monday following DST than more experienced workers. The new workers were likely to be more attentive because they were performing tasks they were not familiar with. The more familiar one may feel with a task (e.g., driving to work) the less alert they tend to be, making them more susceptible to accident and injury.

In a way the implementation of DST serves as a giant laboratory where we can examine the impact of loss of sleep. The results show that loss of sleep can be very detrimental in the short run. Other research indicates there are long-term consequences to sleep difficulty upon ones health. If you struggle with sleep problems talk to your doctor about it. You’ll also find some practical help on the issue in my booklet First Aid for Your Health: Making 10 Therapeutic Life Changes. Take care and be especially careful on Monday!

Barnes, C. M., & Wagner, D. T. (2009). Changing to Daylight Saving Time Cuts Into Sleep and Increases Workplace Injures. Journal of Applied Psychology, 94 (5), 1305-1317.

Wonder What God Thinks

Last week we had a snowstorm in North Carolina (if you live in New England please try not to laugh too hard at that statement). At any rate, we had some bad weather and the schools closed and it was really cold. This was very hard on my dog Chloe. She complained a lot. She complained when her paws touched the hardwood floor because apparently it was uncomfortable. She made sad sounds as she looked outside and seemed to long for the day when the sun would shine again. After a bit I got tired of it. I explained to her that there were other animals in the neighborhood that actually had to stay outside during these storms and she should be thankful to have food, water, and shelter. She didn’t seem concerned about the other animals in the neighborhood. She just looked toward the window with this “Woe is me, no one understands my troubles” look.

I realized she did not understand and started thinking, “Is this the way God sees me at times?” There are many problems that we all have today: the difficulty of rearing children in a crazy culture, and too many demands at work or school. There is just a lot of stress in the United States.

Just a few days before our weather event 21 Christians were beheaded on a beach in Libya, a few days later 250 Christians were kidnapped from their homes in Syria. Today in Libya, Syria, Nigeria and so many other places Christians are dying simply for following Jesus. One morning as I was going to work I learned of one of the atrocities on the news. Then I turned the dial over to my favorite Christian radio station where there was a song I love about how God is with us when we go through the hassles of this life (losing keys, phones and getting speeding tickets). “Wow!” I thought, “That really puts it in perspective.” We simply have a different set of concerns than many if not most other Christians in the world. As I complain about my own struggles, I suspect God lovingly looks at me and wishes I were more concerned for my brothers and sisters who are struggling in ways that I can’t fathom. Let us faithfully pray for our brothers and sisters all over the world who are suffering. Learn more about how to pray specifically for them at http://www.persecution.com/.

Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body.

Hebrews 13:3

When the Going Get’s Tough, ask, “Why Am I Here?”

We all find ourselves in difficult situations, a marriage gets rocky, the workplace stressful or a church begins to struggle. The book of Esther describes an extremely stressful time. The Jews were in the minority of a kingdom ruled by Xerxes. A wicked man named Haman easily manipulated Xerxes. Haman hated the Jews and set his heart on destroying them. You probably know the story and the two main characters, Mordecai and Esther well. Both of these were imperfect people, just like us. They made their share of mistakes and should not be thought of as perfect examples. However, they did serve a perfect God. We can look at the story to see how a perfect God uses imperfect people when the going gets tough.

First, we can learn how Mordecai stayed put in a difficult situation. You might argue there was really nowhere he could go, but it is clear he did not try to slide away from the crisis. Those around him knew his concern immediately as he began to address the issue. We will do well to do similarly, to address issues as they arise.

Instead of looking for the exit when a difficult time arises, we might benefit from asking ourselves “Why am I here? How might God want to use me right here and now in this situation?” Perhaps the marriage can be improved, the workplace stabilized, or the church sustained.

Second, we learn from the story the importance of actively addressing an issue. Mordecai approached Esther about the problem. As we read the Scripture about the event, we get the sense that Esther did not see herself as having a role in addressing the crisis. Then she received a message from her uncle, Mordecai, asking her to act. She tried to side step the issue saying she did not have permission to see the king (which was true). Mordecai’s reply alluded to how God would deal with this situation and if she didn’t play a part in the solution, Esther and her family would suffer (“If you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your fathers house will perish”). As you probably know she chose to act and as a result Jews throughout the world celebrate the Feast of Purim to this day. Why did she choose to get actively involved? Mordecai’s words seem to have been the stimulus, “And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”

Let us not miss the lesson for us. When faced with a crisis, ask, “Why did God in his sovereignty place me here at this time?” That was Mordecai’s point to Esther. Who knows whether you have not come into this family, workplace, church or situation for such a time as this?

Staying Focused on Things That Matter

Last week Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi resigned from office after rebels surrounded his residence. This is a grave concern since he had been a key ally to the United States in the war against terrorists. After I learned of this event I turned to various news outlets to try to get a sense of what had happened. At CBS they were focused upon the New England Patriot’s quarterback, Tom Brady, and “deflate-gate.” I turned to NBC who had a story on Tom Brady having “no knowledge of wrongdoing” in “deflate-gate” so I turned to ABC where they focused on NFL players piling on Tom Brady over “deflate-gate.” “This is why no one cares about network news any more,” I thought, “I’ll turn to cable.” Sure enough I found two very concerned and worried reporters on CNN but then I realized they were talking about “deflate-gate.” Alas, there is “fair and balanced Fox News,” I thought. But of course you’ve probably guessed it, they were focused on “deflate-gate.”

All of that would have been well and good if these media outlets were ESPN or if there was nothing really important going on in the world. I should note in this same time period the President of Saudi Arabia died. Saudi Arabia, a key ally to the US who is currently building a 600-mile fence along the border of Iraq to keep ISIS out. It just seemed like there was some real news that the country should have been focused upon last week.

What happened last week is a good example of how we have a tendency in our culture to allow inconsequential matters to divert our focus from matters of great consequence.   We also have a tendency to focus upon things that we have no control over and spending little time upon that which is within our sphere of influence. While the country was focused on the footballs Tom Bradley used in a playoff game, many important matters were left unexamined. In a way, I was doing this as I fumed about the lack of attention the media played to the issue in Yemen. I have no control over Tom Brady or what happens in Yemen. But I do have control over what happens to my family, and I can influence people at my church and workplace. Too often I fail by placing my focus on issues I have little control over. Long ago Jesus Christ told the parable of the talents. In it He described how different people were given a different numbers of talents. At the end they were judged based upon what they had done with the talents they’d been entrusted. Similarly, we all have a sphere of influence upon which we are called to focus. One day we will stand before God and give an account upon what we’ve done with this influence. It is unlikely that God will mention to most of us Tom Brady and his footballs or even the crisis last week in Yemen since we do not have direct influence on those areas. However, he is likely to hold us accountable for how focused we were upon our families, friends, congregations, and co-workers. Let’s keep the focus where it needs to be so that we might here the words “Well done!” on that day.

Now That’s What Life Is All About!

Nineteen years ago this morning, my daughter, Mackenzie was born. Several moments later my late in-laws, Lawrence and Louise Harmon, entered the room. Lawrence looked at Mackenzie for the first time and said, “Now that is what life is all about!” Over the years I’ve thought a lot about that statement at different phases of our lives.

Life is not about stuff. Too many times parents get sidetracked chasing things. Having the latest this or the best that. Nice things are great, but don’t chase them at the expense of spending time with your family. In the end they’ll become nothing but dust. In the end it is people, not things that matter.

Life is not about you. So often today I hear parents say, “I need some me time.” I know they just need a bit of a break, but it’s dangerous to think that way too much. Real life is what you put into others, and that begins with your child. A child is a gift from God and will struggle without parents who give them the proper attention required to teach and train them to navigate this life. Life is about others.

Life is not about fame or popularity. Today it seems that everyone wants to be famous. Many will do anything to get noticed. Life is about taking the time to build a home. Do you really have anything if you don’t have the respect of those who are closest to you?

Life is fast. For the first time I am not with my daughter on her birthday (I long for a helicopter). It reminds me of how quickly life goes by, it’s like a vapor that seems to be here one moment and gone the next. So as you think about how you spend your time, I encourage you to slow your life down at times. Take the time to do things with your family. As I reflect, it is those things I find myself thinking about.

Life is about Christ. Take advantage of the time you have to teach, train, enjoy and make the most out of life. Over the last 19 years many people we care about have passed away.   There is no promise of tomorrow for any of us. Please teach your child about the real life they can have in Jesus Christ. Christ helps them in this life but more importantly faith in Him results in eternal life, real life. That’s what life is really about.

The Christian Life and Cross Country Racing

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.

Hebrews 12:1

The other day my son convinced me to run in a cross country race, a 10K (6.2 miles). About a third of the way into the race I started thinking about how a cross country race is a lot like the Christian life.

Preparation is key

The night before the race I was dutifully eating my pasta (and some other very tasty food) when an older gentleman sat down behind me in the restaurant. “I’d like some plain pasta” he said to the waitress. She asked, “Would you like some sauce?” He quickly replied, “No.” Then she said, “How about some cheese?” He said, “No” again. She seemed puzzled, so again he reiterated, “Just plain pasta, please.” On they way out of the restaurant I noticed his shirt, it was from a previous cross country run. The next day as this man (who appeared to be 20 years older than me) passed by me I thought, “I should have laid off the cheese and sauce.” Though that would have been a good idea, it was more than a little cheese and sauce that was slowing me down. I suspect a little less cream in my coffee and Chick-fil-A sauce would have helped me out. The man who passed me probably had a few months of broccoli, kale, and salmon meals fueling him, not to mention a regular running regimen. I sensed this was just another race for him.

The Bible describes the Christian life as a race. The Christian life requires preparation. Just as a pasta meal the night before the race is not enough to sustain a runner, a hit and miss time with God is not effective preparation for the Christian life. Preparation for the Christian life involves time with God and His people preparing for the obstacles along the way so that we can run our race well.

Run Your Race

For me, the most difficult part of running a cross-country race is to run at my own pace. As the race begins I’m tempted to try to stay with the fastest runners. When I do this I run out of steam before the race ends. Sometimes, I see people just walking at a race and then I’m tempted to stop and walk with them. To run the race well, sometimes I have to block out the other runners and focus on my own race.

Similarly, in the Christian life we are often distracted by what others are doing. We see someone ministering in a certain way and think we should do it the same way. Often we forget that each of us have our own unique set of gifts, and unique race to run. The race you run may be different based upon the gifts you have been given as well as the stage of life you find yourself. For example, a young family trying to train their children to follow the Lord may run differently in terms of their involvement at church and with various activities than a couple who are “empty nesters.”

Enjoy the Race

One time when I was running (and feeling like I was about to die!) I thought, “What would I be doing if I were just walking through this area and not in a race?” I realized I would be admiring the river, taking in some of the beautiful architecture on the old buildings. I needed to enjoy the race to stay in the race. Similarly, in life it is easy to get caught up in the struggles and the hassles we encounter but to run well we will need to enjoy our race.

Part of enjoying life is to run lite. As I run the race and think about the Christian life I initially wish I had a pen to write these things down. Later though, I’m glad I don’t have a pen because every bit of weight bothers me. I wonder how many of the activities that we do actually slow us down and result in us being ineffective in the race of life. Is there something you need to lay aside to run a better race?

Run

Inevitable, there are those who quit and do not finish a race. Others may not quit the race, but they stop running and just walk to the finish line. This too can be seen in the Christian life. Some can be going on well, only to later quit the faith; others have a start and stop mentality. In a race, this seems like the most difficult race to run. The starting and stopping seems difficult on the body, but at least they finish the race. Similarly, there are some who live the Christian life in a start and stop fashion. They too may finish their race, but it seems to be a life robbed of much joy because of the consequences of this kind of inconsistency upon themselves and those they love.

There is something to be said for running in a race. In my own running, I’ve noticed that I run faster when I am in a 5K race than when I run 5K after work. Why is this? There is value in remembering I am in a race. It leads me to concentrate more on my stride, breathing, and the pace I am keeping. Perhaps many of us have become ineffective in the Christian life because we do not consider our life as a race. We are not very intentional about the way we live our lives. We may not be thinking about the impact our decisions have upon the spiritual development of our friends, children, or how our behavior impedes our ability to point others toward Christ.

Run with Others

I am convinced that one reason I run a better in a race than when out for a neighborhood jog is the presence of others. When others are around I run faster. Sometimes it is the encouragement they give. At other times, other runners help me run at a faster pace and keep a consistent rhythm; serving as a model for how I can run. It is hard to run fast when I am alone.

Similarly, the Christian needs a solid church where they are with others who encourage them as they go up and down the valleys of life. It is also encouraging to see that one is not in this life alone, to see others dealing with job problems, child rearing issues, health problems and relationship issues that provide a model to emulate.

Finish Well

It seems the most difficult part of a race is in the middle and near the end of the race. In the middle, I’m tempted to quit. I often think, “You mean I’m only halfway through and I’m this tired.” Sometimes this is a difficulty because I expected to be further along than I am. Similarly, in the Christian life one may be disappointed as mid-life approaches and it doesn’t seem like things have gone as planned. One may be tempted to stop running thinking no one will ever know.

The end of a race is difficult as well. Often the race ends by going up a hill. Similarly, the end of the Christian life can be difficult. Often one is struggling with health difficulties, losing mobility and freedom. At times, there is the loss of ones spouse and a profound feeling of loneliness. As one older Christian once said to me, “The last years have been the most difficult years of my life.” And this was a man who endured the Great Depression and fought in World War II in his youth. And yet we fix our eyes and run on with endurance the race set before us.

When one finishes the race there is a feeling of accomplishment. I quickly want to see my time. If I did not try my best there is regret, when I did run my best I’m usually pleased no matter what my time may be. The Scripture tells us in heaven there is a cloud of witnesses cheering us on as we run our own race. Let’s remember we are on a course in the race of life. Let’s run well the race set before us, setting our eyes on Jesus and considering the race He has already run on our behalf.

Developing a Heart of Gratitude

G. K. Chesterton once wrote, “I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.” Being grateful has been linked to better physical health (improved cardiovascular and immune functioning), and there are some studies (Danner, Snowdon, & Frieson, 2001) that indicate that grateful people live longer than the nongrateful. However, most importantly, gratitude is associated with what researchers sometimes call “the good life.” Often we intend to be grateful but become sidetracked by our circumstances or ill treatment from others. It helps to pause and look occasionally at how those who suffer express gratitude.

On July 4, 1939, Lou Gehrig delivered his famous “The Luckiest Man on the Face of the Earth” speech. There are videos of the beginning and end of the speech but the entire speech has only survived in text form. It is a good speech to read while remembering the man who delivered it had learned only a few weeks earlier that he had ALS.

“Fans, for the past two weeks you have been reading about a bad break I got. Yet today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth. I have been in ballparks for seventeen years and have never received anything but kindness and encouragement from you fans. Look at these grand men. Which of you wouldn’t consider it the highlight of his career just to associate with them for even one day? Sure, I’m lucky. Who wouldn’t consider it an honor to have known Jacob Ruppert; also the builder of baseball’s greatest empire, Ed Barow; to have spent six years with that wonderful little fellow Miller Huggins; then to have spent the next nine years with that outstanding leader, that smart student of psychology — the best manager in baseball today — Joe McCarthy! Sure, I’m lucky. When the New York Giants, a team you would give your right arm to beat, and vice versa, sends you a gift, that’s something! When everybody down to the groundskeepers and those boys in white coats remember you with trophies, that’s something. When you have a wonderful mother-in-law who takes sides with you in squabbles against her own daughter, that’s something. When you have a father and mother who work all their lives so that you can have an education and build your body, it’s a blessing! When you have a wife who has been a tower of strength and shown more courage than you dreamed existed, that’s the finest I know. So I close in saying that I might have had a tough break; but I have an awful lot to live for!”

It would have been easy for Lou Gehrig to have thought of himself as a victim. He died less than two years after giving this speech at the age of 37. He did not view life as a right, that he was entitled to live into old age. It appears that he paused and looked around himself and what he had been given. Gehrig was thankful for his co-workers, those he associated with at the ballpark, his mother-in-law, his parents, and his wife. How can we become grateful? We can do just as Gehrig appears to have done. Look around at the people in your life and be thankful for them. We can begin by praying a prayer of thanksgiving for them as the Apostle Paul did of those at Colosse (Colossians 1:3). We can keep a daily gratitude journal and enumerate what we are grateful about. Such activities have been found to increase enthusiasm, alertness, and energy (Emmons & McCullogh, 2003). Also, take the time to write a note, or give a call to someone who has helped you. Gratitude is a good and right thing to do.

Becoming Biblically Literate One Day at a Time

Just like a healthy body is not derived from a hit and miss diet of fruit and vegetables, biblical literacy is not accomplished in a day or two of Bible reading.  Biblical literacy is derived from a steady diet in the Word.  I have to admit, I don’t always look forward to reading the book of Leviticus, and sometimes it can be tough to chew on the implications of the book of Job, but all Scripture needs to be part of my spiritual diet. I need the material contained in those passages. Though we might think a diet of chips and soda would be wonderful, we know eventually it will have a negative physical impact upon us. If there is anything missing from our diet we don’t operate at our optimal level physically and we are more susceptible to disease.

We also need a balanced spiritual diet. Get to all of the Scripture over the course of the year and develop a systematic plan for covering it all.  You might read the Proverb that corresponds to the day of the month. Read and pray a Psalm. Read a chapter from the Old Testament, and another from the New Testament.

A daily spiritual diet is key. Deuteronomy 17:19 says, “And it shall be with him, and he shall read in it all the days of his life, that he may learn to fear the Lord his God by keeping all the words of this law and these statues, and doing them.”  We do not grow physically without eating daily. I eat at least three times a day. When I miss a meal I’m not up to my peak performance and my work begins to suffer. It is similar with spiritual health.

Often people complain that they get bored reading their Bible or do not understand what it says. I encourage you to get a Bible handbook like Unger’s Bible Handbook and a study Bible like the ESV Study Bible. Use those tools to help you get a context for the material you read (e.g., time period of the book, theme).  As you read ask yourself questions like:

What did this passage mean to the original hearers?

What is the timeless principle?

What does this passage teach me about God?

Based on this passage, what am I to do today?

You might keep a journal or notebook and record the things you learn. It helps if you are able to have times and places where you read the Bible and pray so that it becomes a habit in your life. It However, Biblical literacy is of little value unless it leads to or deepens your relationship with God. You should find that you are not reading the Scripture so much to be Biblically literate but to deepen your relationship with God. So as you read, pray for God to direct you, and ask for God’s guidance as you try to apply the Word. Focus on growing closer to the Lord.

Defeating Biblical Illiteracy–And If Not!

Years ago Charles Colson wrote about the plight of the British Expeditionary Force on the coast of Dunkirk during World War II.  In June of 1940, they were trapped in the south of France by the German Army.  The British Army sent the message “And if not” to the British government who shared the message with the British people.  Though the message only consisted of three words, the British people recognized the phrase from the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.  The powerful King Nebuchadnezzar had threatened Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego (Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah) with death in the fiery furnace unless they agreed to submit and bow to his image.  They responded by telling him (Daniel 3) that they had a God who could deliver them from the fiery furnace should He choose to “And if not” they would not bow to the image and instead would suffer death.  

In 1940, the British people assumed the British Expeditionary Force was referring to this story.  They realized their army was saying it would be destroyed without miraculous intervention.  It is at that point that the famous evacuation at Dunkirk commenced as British citizens crossed the English Channel with vessels of all shapes and sizes and rescued their army.  What would have happened had they not recognized the reference to the three Hebrew children?

Years ago Colson lamented that England (and even America) would probably not recognize those words today.  Sadly, it is even doubtful that many Christians recognize the phrase. Recently, the wife of a US mega pastor indicated that our happiness is what gives the greatest joy to God. Were Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah happy just before they were cast into the fiery furnace? Was Job happy as he lost his children, fortune, and health? It would seem that at least in the case of Job that God mentioned being pleased about Job’s integrity when he talked about Job with Satan. A cursory reading of the Bible will demonstrate that the Christian life is not just about happiness and good times.  Sometimes there is suffering.  Sometimes their is mistreatment and even punishment for doing what is right.  Biblical illiteracy is dangerous.  It is critical that Christians become biblically literate so that we are able to discern what is true and what is false. 

Will you commit to eradicating biblically illiteracy?  Biblical literacy begins with you and me when we take  the time to read our Bibles, and apply the teachings of the Bible to the difficulties we face daily. As we read the Bible we learn much about life, but more importantly we learn about God, developing a strong relationship with Him.  As you read ask yourself what the passage teaches you about God, what the timeless principle is, and how you might apply it.  One of the best ways to learn something is to teach it. Find someone that you can teach Biblical principles to. It is good for you, but it is also good for them.  

Long ago in England there were many who took the time to teach the story of Shandrach, Meshach, and Abednego to others. You could argue that the knowledge of that teaching saved the British Army and Dunkirk and steadied the British people. May we stamp out Biblical illiteracy in our area so those we know will be similarly prepared for the challenges they will face during their lifetime.

Laboring for the Lord

Happy Labor Day! It’s Labor Day and many of us are enjoying a day off from work but tomorrow we’ll be back at it. So what kind of laborer are you?

Work

You were made to work. In the Garden of Eden, before the Fall “The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it” (Genesis 2:15). Increasingly, many today do not see work as a priority. In fact, Today 1 in 7 people between the ages of 16 and 24 in the top 25 major cities U.S. are not in school or working.  It is estimated that those 1 out of 7 people (5.8 million youth) cost $93.7 billion dollars in government support and in lost revenue every year.1  

Work Heartily

Paul instructed believers to “Work heartily” (Colossians 3:23). According to State of the American Workplace, only 30 percent of the U.S. workforce is engaged in their work. The remaining 70 percent of American workers are non-engaged or actively disengaged. This takes a toll and is believed to cost between $450 billion and $550 billion a year to U.S. companies.2   Unfortunately, meaningful work is not the norm. But if you are doing what you love to do and working as if you are doing it for the Lord you will excel. 

Work for the LORD

Colossians 3:23b tells us to “Work . . . as for the Lord and not for men.” There are two men in particular who are models in working for the Lord, Joseph and Daniel. Joseph worked heartily when he was a slave in Potiphar’s home, and while he was in prison. After he was released he served diligently and faithfully in Pharaoh’s court. Joseph helped save the lives of many people through his work. When he went to bury his father he promised Pharaoh “I will return” (Genesis 50:5). It sounds like this was a relief to Pharaoh. We are called to be workers whose employers long for our return.

After a troubling dream for which Nebuchadnezzar could not find a solution he stated, “At last Daniel came in” (Daniel 4:8) when Daniel arrived indicating he was accustomed to Daniel helping him solve problems. In Daniel 6, it is noted that Daniel was a man of excellence. Daniel’s work allowed him to influence Nebuchadnezzar, Darius and others toward the Lord.  

I suspect that if you went back to the time of Daniel and picked up an article called Babylonian Workplace you would have learned that only 30 percent of the Babylonian workforce was engaged in their work. The remaining 70 percent were non-engaged or actively disengaged at a great cost to the Babylonian kingdom. Daniel’s engagement in his work helped him influence his culture. You too can be a influence if you be what God made you to be.  So as you return to work tomorrow remember, you are not working for a company, government or individual, you are working for the Lord. Thinking about this will help us to be engaged in our work. It will also remind us that He sees our work, and enable us to work in a way that honors Him.

1 S. Burd-Sharps, & K. Lewis (2012). One in Seven. Brooklyn, New York: Measure of America. Accessed at http://www.measureofamerica.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/MOA-One_in_Seven09-14.pdf.

2 Gallup. State of the American Workplace Report 2013: Employee Engagement Insights for U.S. Business Leaders. Assessed at http://www.gallup.com/strategicconsulting/163007/state-american-workplace.aspx. Washington, D.C.:Gallup.