I want to recommend the following link that my pig-farmer found. I have it set up to be delivered to my personal/home email daily. It’s often a much-needed boost; so I want to share:
This particular devotional is Five Characteristics You Need to Excel at Work. Regardless of where you work, I felt these characteristics are valuable … and probably most importantly remembered and utilized at home with our families … the often taken-for-granted. (Or is it just me that does that??)
The five underlined characteristics are Rick Warren’s. The comments are mine.
- Enthusiasm – I’m guilty of getting in a rut. And I’m probably most guilty of arriving home with a sigh, a plop of my purse, bags and mail, and not enthusiastically greeting my family … those I love most in this world. Now what is wrong with this picture?! However, I do often whistle while cooking supper. 🙂 I will work on making my entrance more enthusiastic, though. Maybe I’ll be a little like Tigger and less like Eeyore! I’ll let you know how that goes….
Sharpen skills – I try … I read encouraging material, love to hear positive, motivational speakers. Still, there is room for improvement. I marvel when I hear people say they start their day with a devotional, positive reading or exercise. I just love to stay snuggled in bed and what rolls me out is the promise of coffee, not the promise of bettering my mind or body. Throwing back the covers 5 minutes earlier would allow me to sip that coffee while sharpening my mind instead of scalding my tongue while gulping on the run….
- Keep your word – Hmmm. At first glance, I thought, “Of course I do!” But, maybe I’m not so good as I think. How many times have I told my family, “Sure, I will take care of ________ … someday.” And when the heck is someday??
- Maintain a positive attitude – It’s a choice. Some days it is so easy it doesn’t even seem like a choice. Some days it requires effort. A lot of effort.
- Do more than expected – Oh. Well. Ow. You mean I should go over and above? But, people don’t appreciate it! Or do they? This one could wear a person down. Or build a person up?? Have you ever received a baker’s dozen? A little more for your money? Really good service? A smile from someone that you know is tired, worn-down and struggling? It feels good, doesn’t it?
Daily hope – have some!