Monday, March 31, 2014

My New Book: Work As Worship: How Do You Practice Your Faith in Christ at Work

Many of us experience the tension between our job culture and the daily practice of our faith. The workplace environment focuses on getting the work done and respecting the beliefs of others such that we can often be uncomfortable sharing our faith and offering the love of Christ to our co-workers. You could say that in addition to job training, the workplace often trains us to keep our faith to ourselves.

This book began as a brief presentation to encourage Christians to engage their work as a form of worship—doing everything heartily as unto the Lord. The message hit home with many of the attenders: it’s about retraining ourselves to practice our faith when at work. If Christ is the context for our whole lives, isn’t life about being and practicing who we really are in Christ, even when at work?

How do we respect others, obey the rules and embrace that of Christ within us while on the job? How do we take an attitude of worship to our work? How do we clarify our standards in Christ, and then set boundaries to maintain those standards?

Sometimes a book will help. Sometimes we need someone to come along side us and offer assistance. Always we need Christ as our Savior and the Holy Spirit as our Teacher. May this book be a help on your journey.


Available at Amazon.com:
http://www.amazon.com/Work-Worship-Practice-Faith-Christ/dp/0991179102/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1396291234&sr=8-1&keywords=mack+arrington

Attraction Principle #14: God Is in the Details

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I carry a horseshoe nail with me in my change purse and often quote the following poem:
For the Want of a Horseshoe Nail with my own ending.

For the want of a nail the shoe was lost,
For the want of a shoe the horse was lost,
For the want of a horse the rider was lost,
For the want of a rider the battle was lost,
For the want of a battle the kingdom was lost,
And all for the want of a horse-shoe nail.

Now, why didn’t they put a nail in the shoe
And save the horse and the rider too
And win the battle and save the king?
I guess it was just the same old thing:
Dumb details.

The difference between success and failure in life is often the difference in knowing which details are critically important and which are not so much. A wink can be a small detail, but can communicate so much depending on the winker and the context. Last week I noticed someone pulling out of a parking place with a flat tire—and was able to stop them before the tire was shredded to pieces. Creases in your ear lobes can indicate you have a heart problem. A tablespoon of non-flavored gelatin in your smoothie or food every couple of days can relieve painful joints and help regenerate cartilage. I have a special juice recipe that cleaned the plaque out of my blood vessels in about 13 months. These and many more details can mean life and death.

I’d also like to point out that entrepreneurs get rich on details that nobody else notices. One man noticed that operating rooms needed a simple way to maintain heated fluids needed by a patient during surgery. One teenager thought his grandmother’s jam recipe was really good and started canning and selling jam, another teenager invented “fish flops” beach shoes. Each created multimillion dollar businesses (the teenagers too!) based on noticing details.

Subtleties, details and nuances are more attractive than the obvious. Stephanie takes incredible photographs, the more I look at them, the more I see the details and composition she has mastered. People can be like this too. How many people do you know without really knowing them? How about the waiter at your favorite restaurant, or the repair person who fixes your appliance? Is the executive an expert woodcarver, the plumber a poet and the tree expert a master of chain saw art?

In the creation of life, love and laughter, God is in the details. Which details do you notice? Which ones will you start noticing?

Nobody sees a flower really; it is so small. We haven't time, and to see takes time…like to have a friend takes time. --Georgia O'Keefe