5-8 In a small Samaritan town known as Sychar, Jesus and His entourage stopped to rest at the historic well that Jacob gave his son Joseph. It was about noon when Jesus found a spot to sit close to the well while the disciples ventured off to find provisions. From His vantage, He watched as a Samaritan woman approached to draw some water.Unexpectedly He spoke to her.
Jesus: Would you draw water, and give Me a drink?
I’ve just clocked up 100 likes on Facebook! Another of those milestones that makes me a little proud, and is another small step toward the future I’m building.
I once underestimated the power of social media. Actually, I always knew its power, but I couldn’t embrace it because I didn’t use it. And I didn’t use it because I wasn’t sure I believed in the words I was writing and the ways I help people. I feel like that’s changed now. I feel comfortable in my own skin and the ways I encourage people and am able to serve them with the words I write.
Thanks for helping me in this journey and for reading what I write. It helps me to get back up and keep going, and to launch out into the wide open and create new things that will help and encourage more people.
Every writer loves to have their words read, and that’s what you do, not because you have too, but because you want to. That makes me smile.
I would love it if you would share my Facebook page with your friends, especially if you’ve been encouraged, edified or challenged in a way that’s helped you see life differently or with more vigor and enthusiasm.
It’s the sharing and caring of this community that makes it all worthwhile.
You’re the best!
Most people are searching for something meaningful when it comes to the work they do. No longer are people satisfied to check in to their job and check out, rather they will ditch the big $ or the cushy job for something that has more meaning.
I found this blog post today and it was extremely helpful.
To summarise, the three conditions that allow people to complete their best work:
- Autonomy: Being in control of our own choices
- Complexity: Being able to master new skills and improve
- Direct connection between effort and reward: Seeing the payoff—whether financial, spiritual, or other—of your work
When I consider the jobs that have brought me the most joy and fulfillment, those three characteristics have always been present.
Are they present for you? Maybe that’s why you love what you do, or maybe that’s why you hate it.
It’s only human to seek acknowledgement and recognition. We want approval, we want validation, we want to know that we are OK.
Go seek it.
Applause and criticism are very different but either one will ruin you all the same if you try to make it your identity. ~ Jon Acuff
Be careful though where you look for it.
There is only one place we can fully know our identity and be approved without blame, criticism, applause, fear or guilt.
And that’s in the approval of the maker Himself.
I’m sure that’s the cry of our hearts.
Friends to walk with us, not as expert advisors or paid consultants, but as people who share a common heart for the things that matter, and common values in making it happen.
God never gave us a specific plan to follow. Instead he gave us friends to walk with, talk with, and figure out how it all works as we go along.
Those types of friends are worth their weight in gold and investment of time.
Find them, value them, hold them.