Prayer Day 44

 

A Christian Guide to Spirituality: Foundations for Disciples

By Stephen W. Hiemstra

Loving Father,

We praise you for giving us useful things to do.

We praise for equipping us for work in your church.

Thank you for giving us new eyes to see our work, our supervisors, and our primary responsibilities.

The harvest is ready; prepare us to join the laborers.

In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Prayer Day 4

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Believer’s Prayer

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Oración Dia 44

Espera verano 2015

Por Stephen W. Hiemstra

Padre amoroso,

Te alabamos por darnos cosas útiles que hacer.

Te alabamos por equiparnos para la obra en Tu iglesia.

Gracias por darnos nuevos ojos para ver nuestro trabajo, nuestros jefes, y nuestras responsabilidades principales.

La cosecha está lista, prepáranos para compartir con los obreros.

En el nombre del Padres, del Hijo, y del Espíritu Santo. Amén

Oración Dia 44

Ver también:

Prefacio de La Guía Cristiana a la Espiritualidad

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Gebetstag 44

Ein Christlicher Leitfaden zur Spiritualität, 20201014

Vor Stephen W. Hiemstra

Liebender Vater,

Wir loben dich dafür, dass du uns nützliche Dinge gegeben hast.

Wir loben dich dafür, dass wir  für die Arbeit in deiner Kirche ausrüsten.

Danke, dass du uns neue Augen für unsere Arbeit, unsere Vorgesetzten und unsere Hauptaufgaben geschenkt haben.

Die Ernte ist bereit; bereiten uns darauf vor, uns den Arbeitern anzuschließen.

Im Namen des Vaters, des Sohnes und des Heiligen Geistes, Amen.

Gebetstag 44

Siehe auch:

Einleitung auf Ein Christlicher Leitfaden zur Spiritualität 

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Why is Work a Spiritual Discipline?

Cover, A Christian Guide to Spirituality

“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward.” (Colossians 3:23–24)

By Stephen W. Hiemstra

The gravity of idolatrous sin is obvious. If our loyalty, time, energy, and money point to what we really worship (Giglio 2003, 113), then the heart of idolatrous activity has to be our work—inside or outside the church; inside or outside the home. Work is often also a source of stress, fear, and anxiety.

Jesus understands. At one point, he presented a word picture of lilies and kings. Then, he advised: “do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, nor be worried . . . Instead, seek his kingdom, and these things will be added to you.” (Luke 12:27–31) In other words, work is important; the kingdom of God is more important.

Work, as designed by God, is endowed with dignity. The Bible opens with God working—he creates (Welchel 2012, 7). God’s only son did manual labor! If Christ worked first with his hands as a carpenter, then working with our hands also has honor. Most of the disciples worked as fishermen—do you think they came home smelling like lilies? One of Jesus’ most radical acts was table ministry—he ate and drank with people who worked for a living (Matthew 11:19)[1].

The Apostle Paul’s attitude concerning work is significant in two ways. First, our work for human supervisors is also work for God! (Colossians 3:23–24). Second, many of the people that we work with and for are brothers and sisters—family—in Christ. How can anyone disrespect family? (Philemon 1:16). Impossible! Unthinkable!

One of the church’s most important spiritual writers was a disabled veteran who worked in a kitchen. He hardly wrote anything at all. But he committed his work during the day to God in prayer. Brother Lawrence (1982, 23) wrote: “We should offer our work to Him before we begin and thank Him afterwards for the privilege of having done it for His sake.” He simply applied Paul’s advice: “pray without ceasing.” (1 Thessalonians 5:17) And, the spiritual giants of his day beat a path to his door.

One measure of the idolatrous potential of work is to ask about identity. When you meet a new neighbor or someone at a party, how does your spouse identify you? Is it by your marital relationship, by your favorite sport’s team, or by your profession?

What keeps you busy?

Footnote

[1] This citation comes from the parable of the brats—one of my favorite (Matthew 11:16–19).

References

Giglio, Louie. 2003. The Air I Breathe. Colorado Springs: Multnomah Press.

Lawrence, Brother. 1982. The Practice of the Presence of God (Orig Pub 1691). New Kensington, PA: Whitaker House.

Whelchel, Hugh. 2012. How Then Should We Work? Rediscovering the Biblical Doctrine of Work. Bloomington, IN: WestBow Press.

Why is Work a Spiritual Discipline?

Also see:

Preface to A Christian Guide to Spirituality

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¿Por qué es Trabajar una Disciplina Espiritual?

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“Y todo lo que hagáis, hacedlo de corazón, como para el Señor y no para los hombres, sabiendo que del Señor recibiréis la recompensa de la herencia. Es a Cristo el Señor a quien servís.” (Col 3:23-24 LBA)

Por Stephen W. Hiemstra

La gravidad del pecado de idolatría es obvia. Si nuestra fidelidad, tiempo, energia, y plata apuntan a las cosas que adoramos realemente (Giglio 2003, 113), entonces la Corazon de actividades idolatrías debe estar nuestro trabajo—trabajo dentro o fuera de la iglesia; trabajo dentro o fuera de la casa. El trabajo es muchas veces tambien una fuente de estrés, miedo, y ansiedad.

Jesús lo sabe. En una punta, pintaba un retrato con palabras de lirios y reyes. Luego, aconsejó: “Vosotros, pues no busquéis qué habéis de comer, ni qué habéis de beber, y no estéis preocupados…Mas buscad el [su] reino [de Díos], y estas cosas os serán añadidas.” (Lucas 12:29-31 LBA) En otras palabras, trabajo es importante; el reino de Díos es mas importante.

Trabajo, como diseñado de Díos, tiene dignidad. La Biblia abierta con Dios trabajando—el crea (Welchel 2012, 7). El hijo unica de Dios trabajaba con sus manos! Si Cristo trabajaba primera con sus manos como carpintero, entonces trabajando con nuestros manos debe tambien  tener dignidad. Casi todos los discipulos trabajaba como Pescadores—piensa que ellos regresamos a casa que olor como lirios? Una de las actividades mas radical estaba de comer (se dice—ministerio de tablas)—comia y bebia con personas que trabajan por sus vidas (Mateo 11:19)[1].

La actitude de trabajo del apostol Pablo  es significado por dos razones. Primero, trabajo para jefes humanas es tambien trabajo para Díos! (Col 3:23-24).Segundo, nosotros trabajamos muchas veces para hermanos y hermanas en Cristo—familia. ¿Como pueda alguien que no demonstra respeto a su familia? (Phlm 1:16) ¡Imposible! ¡Impensable!

Una de las escritores de la iglesía más importante estaba un veterano quien trabajaba en una cocina. Él no escribia casi nada, pero dedicaba total su trabajo en oracion durante el día a Díos. Hermano Lawrence (1982, 23) escribia: “debemos ofrecer nuestro trabajo a Él antes comenzemos y agradecemos a Él déspues por el privilegio a habia lo hecho por Él.” Él aplicó simplemente el consejo de Pablo: “orad sin cesar” (1Thess 5:17 LBA) Y los gigantes espiritual del día bató una trayectoria a su puerta.

Una medida del potencial idólatra de trabajo es preguntar acerca de la identidad. Cuando te encuentras con un nuevo vecino o alguien otra en una fiesta, ¿Cómo su esposo le identifica? ¿Es por su estado matrimonial, por el equipo de su deporte favorito, o por su profesión?

¿Qué te mantiene ocupado?

Notas

[1] Esta cita viene de la parábola de los mocosos—una de mis favoritos (Mateo 11:16–19).

Referencias

Giglio, Louie. 2003. The Air I Breathe. Colorado Springs: Multnomah Press.

Lawrence, Brother. 1982. The Practice of the Presence of God (Orig Pub 1691). New Kensington, PA: Whitaker House.

Whelchel, Hugh. 2012. How Then Should We Work? Rediscovering the Biblical Doctrine of Work. Bloomington, IN: WestBow Press.

¿Por qué es Trabajar una Disciplina Espiritual?

Ver también:

Prefacio de La Guía Cristiana a la Espiritualidad

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Warum ist Arbeit eine spirituelle Disziplin?

Ein Christlicher Leitfaden zur Spiritualität, 20201014

Vor Stephen W. Hiemstra

Alles, was ihr tut, das tut von Herzen als dem Herrn und nicht den Menschen,

 denn ihr wisst, dass ihr von dem Herrn als Lohn das Erbe empfangen werdet. 

Dient dem Herrn Christus! (Col 3:23-24)

Die Schwere der götzendienerischen Sünde ist offensichtlich. Wenn unsere Loyalität, Zeit, Energie und unser Geld auf das hinweisen, was wir wirklich verehren (Giglio 2003, 113), dann muss das Herz der götzendienerischen Aktivität unsere Arbeit sein—innerhalb oder außerhalb der Kirche; innerhalb oder außerhalb des Hauses. Arbeit ist oft auch eine Quelle von Stress, Furcht, und Angst.

Jesus versteht. An einer Stelle präsentierte er ein Wortbild von Lilien und Königen. Dann riet er:  “Fragt nicht danach, was ihr essen oder was ihr trinken sollt, und macht euch keine Unruhe … Trachtet vielmehr nach seinem Reich, so wird euch dies zufallen.”  (Luke 12:29-31) Mit anderen Worten, Arbeit ist wichtig; das Reich Gottes ist wichtiger.

Die Arbeit, wie die von Gott bestimmt ist, ist mit Würde ausgestattet. Die Bibel beginnt damit, dass Gott wirkt—er erschafft (Welchel 2012, 7). Gottes einziger Sohn verrichtete Handarbeit! Wenn Christus als Zimmermann zuerst mit seinen Händen gearbeitet hat, dann hat auch die Arbeit mit unseren Händen Ehre. Die meisten Jünger arbeiteten als Fischer—glaube, dass sie nach Lilien riechend nach Hause kamen? Eine der radikalsten Taten Jesu war der Tischdienst—er aß und trank mit Leuten, die für ihren Lebensunterhalt arbeiteten (Matt 11:19).

Die Einstellung des Apostels Paulus zur Arbeit ist in zweierlei Hinsicht bedeutsam. Erstens ist unsere Arbeit für menschliche Vorgesetzte auch Arbeit für Gott! (Col 3:23–24). Zweitens sind viele der Menschen, mit denen wir arbeiten und für die wir arbeiten, Brüder und Schwestern—eine Familie—in Christus. Wie kann jemand die Familie missachten? (Phlm 1:16). Unmöglich! Undenkbar!

Einer der wichtigsten spirituellen Schriftsteller der Kirche war ein behinderter Veteran, der in einer Küche arbeitete. Er schreibte kaum nichts. Aber er festgelegte seine Arbeit tags auf Gott im Gebet. Bruder Lawrence (1982, 23)⁠1 schrieb: “Wir sollten ihm unsere Arbeit anbieten, bevor wir beginnen, und ihm danach für das Vorrecht danken, es um seinetwillen getan zu haben.“ Er befolgte einfach Pauls Rat: “Betet ohne Unterlass.” (1 Thess 5:17) Und die spirituellen Giganten seiner Zeit schlugen einen Weg zu seiner Tür.

Ein Maß für das abgöttische Potenzial der Arbeit ist die Frage nach der Identität. Wenn du einen neuen Nachbarn oder jemanden auf einer Fete kennen lernst, wie stellt deiner Ehepartner du vor? Ist es an deiner ehelichen Beziehung, an deiner Lieblingssportmannschaft, oder an deinem Beruf?

Was gibt’s?

Fußnoten

1 “We should offer our work to Him before we begin and thank Him afterwards for the privilege of having done it for His sake.”

Warum ist Arbeit eine spirituelle Disziplin?

Siehe auch:

Einleitung auf Ein Christlicher Leitfaden zur Spiritualität 

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Hamaker on Sibling Rivalry

Hamaker_review_10132014Sarah Hamaker. 2014.  Ending Sibling Rivalry:  Moving Your Kids from War to Peace.  Kansas City:  Beacon Hill Press.

Review by Stephen W. Hiemstra

Let’s be honest.  Most of us were not prepared to be parents. As someone wise once said: parenting is a job that is mostly learned by doing and when you get the hang of it, it’s over. Sibling rivalry is part of that mysterious process that is both frustrating and enigmatic.  When Sarah told me that she was writing a book on sibling rivalry, I was more than a bit curious.

Introduction

Why is sibling rivalry important?  Siblings are surprisingly important—our first and longest running relationships are with our siblings. Eighty percent of us have them (12).  How we relate with our siblings (or not) accordingly affects how we deal with just about everyone else.  If anger management and conflict resolutions skills are not learned in the family context, chances are good that they will not be learned at all.  If they are learned in the context of family, then chances are good that a lifetime of benefits will accrue (22).

Family civility cannot be assumed.  As Hamaker reminds us, the first stories in the bible of siblings, do not end well. Cain murders his brother, Abel; Jacob rips his brother, Esau, off; Joseph gets sold into slavery by his brothers (19-22).  Biblical failures need not be our failures!

Focus of Book

An experienced parent herself, Sarah focuses on moving beyond conflict.  She offers parents both things to think about and ideas to implement.  For example, she asks parents to develop a mission statement for their kids.  She says: if someone asked you to describe each of your children as age thirty, what would you say? (24)  She observes that most parents asked this question respond, not with a list of achievements (education, jobs, status symbols …), but with character traits (compassionate, Godly, hardworking…)  If this is what we want to see in our grown children, then how to do work to instill these qualities when they are young? (25).

Organization

Hamaker writes Ending Sibling Rivalry in 10 chapters, preceded by acknowledgments and an introduction and followed by conclusions and chapter notes.  The chapters are:

  1. The Importance of Getting Along;
  2. Thinking the Best, Not the Worst;
  3. Competition;
  4. Comparison/Favorites;
  5. Separate and Unequal (Fairness);
  6. The Blessings of Siblings;
  7. Conflict Resolution;
  8. One-on-One Time;
  9. Breathing Room; and
  10. Introducing New Siblings (7).

Sarah is not just an experienced parent; she is also a certified leadership parenting coach. She also blogs on parenting issues (www.ParentCoachNOVA.com).  I know her as a leader in the Capital Christian Writers club (www.CapitalChristianWriters.org).

My own kids are now all college graduates.  Yet, the scars of sibling rivalry are still obvious—if you know where to look.  When Sarah asks:  Have you ever looked at your kids fighting and seen an opportunity for personal growth? (105)  I can honestly say:  no, never.  But, I wish that I had.

Sarah’s discussion of Matthew 7:1-5[1], 18:15-16[2], and 7:12[3] points to my weakness as a teacher of biblical principles to my children.  Although I did, in fact, teach my kids the golden rule (Matthew 7:12), my own lack of focus in bible knowledge came across in my parenting.  I taught my kids to read from children’s bibles, but did not focus on the particular lessons that might have critically aided their development—like conflict resolution—the focus of these particular verses.

Assessment

Hamaker’s Ending Sibling Rivalry is readable and includes results of her own parent survey.  If you are a parent of young kids or even teens, it is definitely worth taking a look.

Footnotes

[1]“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?  Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye?  You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.  (Matthew 7:1-5 ESV)

[2]“If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses. (Matthew 18:15-16 ESV)

[3]“So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets. (Matthew 7:12 ESV)

Hamaker on Sibling Rivalry

Also see:

Friedman Brings Healing by Shifting Focus from Individuals to the Family 

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Exercise: Monday Monologues (podcast) September 20, 2021

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 By Stephen W. Hiemstra

This morning I will share a prayer and reflect on Exercise as a spiritual discipline. After listening, please click here to take a brief listener survey (10 questions).

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Hear the words; Walk the steps; Experience the joy!

Exercise: Monday Monologues (podcast) September 20, 2021

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Monday Monologue On March 26, 2018 

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Prayer Day 43

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By Stephen W. Hiemstra

Almighty Father,

We praise you for the gift of life. Walk with us on the beach in the morning.

Run with us through peaceful cornfields in the night.

Swim with us as we exercise bodies and minds.

In the power of your Holy Spirit, transform us into your people.

In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.

Prayer Day 43

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Oración Dia 43

Espera verano 2015

Por Stephen W. Hiemstra

Padre Todopoderoso,

Te alabamos por el don de la vida.

Camina con nosotros por la playa en la mañana.

Corre con nosotros a través de los campos de maíz en la noche.

Nada con nosotros mientras ejercitamos nuestros cuerpos y nuestras mentes.

En el poder del Espíritu Santo, transfórmanos en Tu pueblo.

En el nombre precioso de Jesús oramos. Amén.

Oración Dia 43

Ver también:

Prefacio de La Guía Cristiana a la Espiritualidad

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