Life and Work. Steering a course for success through your most challenging transition. Four Areas of Greatest Change. Your Vocation (What you do) Your Identity (How you see yourself) Your Finances Your Relationships. Four Areas of Greatest Change.
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Steering a course for success through your most challenging transition
Then the LORD God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature. And the LORD God planted a garden in Eden, in the east, and there he put the man whom he had formed. And out of the ground the LORD God made to spring up every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. (Genesis 2:7-9)
The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it. (Genesis 2:7-9, 15)
We were created for work!
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. And God blessed them. And God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth." (Genesis 1:27-28)
And to Adam he said, "Because you… have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you, 'You shall not eat of it,' cursed is the ground because of you; in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life; thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you; and you shall eat the plants of the field. (Genesis 3:17-18)
By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return." (Genesis 3:19)
Work has been cursed. But work is still good!
Develop a healthy perspective of work!
View it as part of a master plan to:
PT Barnum (circus founder):
“Money is a terrible master but an excellent servant.”
1. Don’t spend more than you earn.
The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is the slave of the lender.
2. Save at least 10% of your pay
Precious treasure and oil are in a wise man's dwelling, but a foolish man devours it.
3. Make a plan
“Is there anyone here who, planning to build a new house, doesn’t first down and figure the cost so you’ll know if you can complete it?”
“Begin with the end in mind.” Stephen Covey
4. When your salary increases, don’t increase your spending. Invest the extra!
And [Jesus] said to them, "Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions."