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Me and Job

Sunday, November 07, 2010

I was able to get to the gym yesterday afternoon and it was probably the most pleasant experience I had all week. I was able to run two and one half miles and my poor old body paid for the lack of activity over the past four days. I felt renewed and refreshed. As I ran, I started thinking about all my alleged trials and tribulations. Yes, I had a rather disconcerting week, LOL, and yes it threw me for a loop.

As I ran, though, I started thinking about the story of Job. In essence Satan told God he wasn’t as hot as he thought he was and that he would let God pick any person he wanted and Satan would make that person despair of God. God told him “Take my servant Job.” Again, in essence, Job had it all going his way. Nice house, nice family and a pretty hefty income. (He probably worked out five days a week also in a state of the art gym!) God told Satan to take his best shot, Job wouldn’t despair of God. So Satan did. Job lost everything and in the end was sitting “on a pile of dung, covered in sores.” However, he never despaired. He never cried “uncle.” In the end God restored everything Job had lost and Satan went looking for another, albeit weaker victim.” Everybody around Job told him to give in but he didn’t.

Now hopefully I don’t end up on a pile of dung covered in sores but sometimes it seems like my grandmother was right, “No problem is a small problem if it’s your problem!” But unlike Job I often despair. Oh I don’t give up on God. I get a bit miffed with Him from time to time but I don’t give up. Job didn’t have chocolate chunk cookies and Mickey D’s. He didn’t have pizza, beer and powdered covered sugar donuts. When things are going good so is I. when they get tough I have a tendency to bail out and then wonder why I don’t reach any of my goals. There is really nothing in my life I can’t deal with, I choose not to deal with it!! I wring my hands and turn into some sort of drama queen.

So as I ran around the track I thought about Job and I thought how much he endured and in the end he had everything restored tenfold. There’s a lesson there. The lesson to me is that if you stick with the things that made you successful and got you results you have to stick with them no matter how tough things get. It was a revealing yet humbling experience, all at once. I saw where I had failed and how my inability to deal with things caused me to get derailed.

I woke up this morning to a new day and to a new beginning. I’ll start over and I’ll fall down a few times but hopefully in a little while God can say “Take my servant John!!”

Have a blessed Sunday

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
CATHERINEL66 11/11/2010 6:29AM

    This is a great blog John, and so fitting right now. I must have said, "take my servant Catherine, especially her foot".

My husband commented last night that I've been super grumpy since the foot thing, AND that he noticed that everything that could go crazy at work HAS. So I feel like I'm getting a double whammy.

I tell ya, the temptations of donuts, pizza, beer, chocolate chunk cookies (there were several packages at my office yesterday!! ugh!!) never looked so good.

I'm saying no and limping on by, and the weight is holding steady, but boy oh boy, without the exercise I'm used to, I feel my old drama queen stirring to life! LOL!

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MKPRINCESS007 11/9/2010 6:05PM

    From one "drama queen" to another.........hey, your words not mine :), there is always work to be done to stay on the path. Always. Small deviations from the path are unavoidable, but coming back to the path, now that is the real deal.

I am right behind you!

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AZCUPCAKE 11/9/2010 1:24PM

    You always know how to provide just the right insight that can turn my attitude around. Thank you, John! emoticon

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MANDABEAR11 11/8/2010 11:25AM

    What a wonderful attitude! I think I may just have a different week now because of this blog, well I guess it was more Job's story, but you told it pretty freakin awesomely emoticon

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TRIPLE_EMME 11/8/2010 10:55AM


This was a great blog, John. Thanks for sharing your insight.

Have a happy and healthy week!


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JJSSKINNYGIRL 11/8/2010 9:04AM


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JPRICE217 11/8/2010 7:27AM

    emoticon for the reminder that we need to be more like Job

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JUSTFOXXY 11/8/2010 6:55AM

    Well said

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ANEPANALIPTI 11/8/2010 4:56AM

    GREAT!!!!! :-)

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MARCYNA 11/8/2010 3:35AM

    Great...biblical lesson applied to everyday reality. I was about to despair John. The Agency I'm setting up seems to bring about difficulties, and my dance classes are now a dream....not to say ANYTHNG of family difficulties. But if I trust Him., He'll give me everything manyfold.Thanks a million f6r reminding me..ENDURANCE is my motto emoticon

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JURI62 11/7/2010 10:24PM


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CARTOONB 11/7/2010 9:50PM

    And there you go...

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JENNY888 11/7/2010 2:51PM

    I listened to a sermon on TV this morning on acting like what you want to be. In the process of pretending you will become what you wanted to be. I really liked the idea of all of this. An example was given on acting like you really enjoyed the salad with cucumbers in it and over time you will be salivating for that same salad. It was an interesting concept and one I plan to use.

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NJMATTICE 11/7/2010 1:21PM

    Thanks for the biblical reminder of the rewards of faithfulness. Have a great Lord's Day!

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GEEMAWEST 11/7/2010 1:08PM

    We never quit learning unless we have quit living.

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WANDAH3 11/7/2010 10:30AM

    Well done Job (John), well done.

Have a wonderfully blessed day,

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HDHAWK 11/7/2010 10:17AM

    Good for you John! It took me months to get back to the correct "mindset", but I'm finally starting to feel it again. I know you'll reach every goal you set for yourself!

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