• Do others ever distract you at work?

    28 Jul 2017 | 12:00 am

    Folks tried to distract Nehemiah and he responded, "...I am doing a great work and I cannot come down. Why should work stop while I leave it and come down to you? (Nehemiah 6:3 NASB). Often, we have a key[…]

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Jul 20
2017

Automatic Contract Renewals

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Frequently I encounter contracts that have an automatic renewal clause, known as an evergreen clause. Essentially it means that a contract automatically renews for specific period of time, typically for the original cost and service, if it is not canceled by a specific date. I personally detest these automatic renewal contracts and avoid them whenever possible.

Jul 10
2017

Check Your Work

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I don’t like going back to check other people’s work. I prefer to assign a task, assume everything is done correctly and walk away. However, this is unwise. 

I was updating a website some time ago. At first look everything seemed fine, and I was tempted to call it finished. However, I disciplined myself to take additional time to check every link and other aspects of the site. I located six mistakes requiring correction, including two serious errors.  Had I not taken the time to check, I could’ve gone on for months or years without catching the errors. 

We see a scriptural example of this after the work of the tabernacle was completed. “Moses inspected the work and saw that they had done it just as the LORD had commanded. So Moses blessed them.” (Exodus 39:43, NIV) Since the Lord had provided exact instructions about how to execute the work, it was important to check to see that it was finished properly.

Jun 29
2017

The Lord’s Empowerment at Work

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In the book of Exodus the Lord gives Moses very detailed instructions for the construction of the tabernacle and the clothing for Aaron to wear when ministering before the Lord. The handiwork required was extraordinary as outlined in scriptures and indicated that Moses was to give the work to skilled people. However, the Lord also told Moses “So Bezalel, Oholiab and every skilled person to whom the LORD has given skill and ability to know how to carry out all the work of constructing the sanctuary are to do the work just as the LORD has commanded." (Exodus 36:1, NIV) Part of my takeaway from this scripture was that natural skill was not enough to complete the work; the Lord specifically gave the skill and ability needed to complete the complex project.

Jun 22
2017

More is not Always Better

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At times I like to believe that more effort, more resources or more push will obtain faster and better results. Sometimes this is true; other times not so much. For example, I’ve learned that putting a small amount of toothpaste on my toothbrush obtains the same result as spreading toothpaste that lops over the edges. Also, some people use too much soap in the dishwasher. This is actually one reason they break down as extra soap scum gums up the works.

May 31
2017

When Someone Asks for Free Financial Advice

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I have written before about the pitfalls of giving unsolicited or free advice. Recently “Connie” asked me to provide advice to an elderly lady about how to invest $150,000.  When I hear requests like this my first thought is they don’t want to pay an investment advisor because they don’t want to disclose all aspects of their finances.