Jesus, you’re the center of my joy,
all that’s good and perfect comes from you
you’re the heart of my contentment
hope for all I do
You’re the center of my Joy….
I’ve been to 48 states. Yes, 48. By the time I was 17 even. My dad had a job selling conveyer equipment to mining companies, he traveled all over the nation, and even the world. He had been to all 50 states by the time he graduated to heaven. My dad from what I remember enjoyed his job. He enjoyed his time working, traveling, and most importantly providing for his family.
We would get up early on a Monday morning, or sometimes go stay at a hotel by the airport in KC on Sunday nights (if my sister and I got our way :) ) We’d stay in KC and that meant we got to go to the Plaza shopping that weekend… my sister loved Abercrombie, I loved FAO Swchartz, when it was there anyway… only because I didn’t fit into anything at Abercrombie… unless it was a hat… or flip flops… the cologne fit me as well… in addition, I couldn’t care less about the CEO of A&F talking bad about fat people… if you’re a fat guy, you already know where you can shop, ok? We know we can’t buy off the rack-
We had the best time, usually we would stay at the Embassy Suites… I always loved that place… we’d go to the top floor and I’d spit down into the fountain… if I was feeling frisky, I’d spit towards some old lady sitting on a chair below… one time I hit a big guy with a penny… I almost crapped my pants. I thought I was done for… but I ran into the stairwell and hid for like half an hour then came out and he was gone… I saw him later in the pool and he was clueless… Great Success.
My dad would have flights at like 5am, I don’t know if that’s the red eye, or the dead eye, or the snake eyes…somebodies eye….Hopefully not pink eye… It was my eyes that hurt being up that early. But I truly blame those early mornings on why I can get up so early nowadays with no problem. My wife hates that I wake up early… I go to bed most nights at like 9pm lol. I’m 85yrs old, I know. Lay off me I’m tired!
Anyway, I think back now that I am older of how hard that must have been for my father, we knew it was hard, he would be sad leaving us all the time flying off to some new state, away for a lot of things, baseball games, basketball games, plays, things like that… but he was making a living, I didn’t realize it then, but my dad was pushing into triple digit income. Insane…and that was back in the 80’s and 90’s when that was a pretty great salary… I would kill for something like that for my family. I wish I made half that! But the point is that he was out busting his back, climbing up towers, and getting jet lag for us. His family, He was providing. He was working his butt off for his family.
Now that I have my own family to provide for, the heat is on… the heat is ONN HOONNN!
I’ve had some pretty great jobs in my life, I’ve been able to travel, I’ve worked for Disney doing comedy at a major attraction and on stage, I’ve been a lot of things, from range ball cart picker upper guy at a golf course to a director of retail dining at a major university… quite a vast resume right?
I worked at Old Navy for 15 minutes in college… They wanted me to stock jeans… I said no.
I have a great work ethic now, But 7 years ago…ha. Ya… I had a steady job but it was just for me. I didn’t have a family to feed. I didn’t care at all about what I made, I just needed money for the weekend haha. I bought stupid piddly junk and spent way too much on it…
Now I’m grown, son.
I gots a kid… Peter Pans gots kids? (Anyone?) Everyone get it who’s gonna get it?
Love that movie… Ru-fi-ooooo! Bangarang!
As we all tend to, I grew up…
When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child, reason like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things. 1Corinthians 13:11
Time to grow up ya kno? I’ve honestly struggled with it, I think if we were all honest we’d say the same thing, right? It’s a hard thing to put yourself aside, and live for providing for your family, for your kids, to step up and be a man and give it your all. My dad worked his butt off, we have numerous pictures of him covered in coal, covered in dust and inside small mining plants and caves…. It just started making sense to me to think… and you think he enjoyed that? You think he just loved being away from his family…getting all dirty, flying on planes, dealing with the airport security, driving cross country for hours and days at a time to crawl inside some coal chute for 3 days then come home?
Uh, No dude…
Grow up, get a clue… that dude must have hated his job! There are so many people out there just like that! My wife’s uncle, he is in the woods all day cutting trees down, getting bit by snakes, and tracking through the wilderness for his pay check… You think he just looooooooves what he does all day? I’m sure some parts he loves like we all do, sure. The point is, everyone has to work- We all have jobs… most of us anyway… I still can’t believe my wife gets away without one… being a mom is so easy….
LOL JK JK JK….
Dude, I could not stay here all day and be a stay at home daddy, you moms have the hardest jobs ever. That’s a fact.
We all have jobs, but we chose how they affect us- Amen? We all go to work for the all mighty dollar. The all mighty dollar that helps us buy the stuff. Americans have Stuffidis, were sick with it. We have garages, attics, and sheds stuffed to the brim with STUFF! I have stuff I didn’t even know I had… it’s in boxes…in the shed… we work our butts off for stuff! Then when we get stuff, we want more stuff, and the best stuff, not just regular stuff, cuz they got good stuff and my stuff is just regular stuff but their stuff is shinier…
We must honor our employers, we are gifted with the jobs we have, we are called to work for others as we are working for God Himself… it’s in the bible over and over and over again….
Masters, treat your slaves justly and fairly, knowing that you also have a Master in heaven.
Servants, be subject to your masters with all respect, not only to the good and gentle but also to the unjust. For this is a gracious thing, when, mindful of God, one endures sorrows while suffering unjustly. For what credit is it if, when you sin and are beaten for it, you endure? But if when you do good and suffer for it you endure, this is a gracious thing in the sight of God.
Whoever oppresses the poor to increase his own wealth, or gives to the rich, will only come to poverty.
Behold, the wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, are crying out against you, and the cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts.
Now to the one who works, his wages are not counted as a gift but as his due.
Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men,
Masters, do the same to them, and stop your threatening, knowing that he who is both their Master and yours is in heaven, and that there is no partiality with him.
“You shall not oppress your neighbor or rob him. The wages of a hired servant shall not remain with you all night until the morning.
You have lived on the earth in luxury and in self-indulgence. You have fattened your hearts in a day of slaughter.
Now when those hired first came, they thought they would receive more, but each of them also received a denarius. And on receiving it they grumbled at the master of the house, saying, ‘These last worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the day and the scorching heat.’ But he replied to one of them, ‘Friend, I am doing you no wrong. Did you not agree with me for a denarius? Take what belongs to you and go. I choose to give to this last worker as I give to you. …
“Woe to him who builds his house by unrighteousness, and his upper rooms by injustice, who makes his neighbor serve him for nothing and does not give him his wages,
Slaves, obey in everything those who are your earthly masters, not by way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but with sincerity of heart, fearing the Lord.
And remain in the same house, eating and drinking what they provide, for the laborer deserves his wages. Do not go from house to house.
You shall not rule over him ruthlessly but shall fear your God.
No matter what you do, whether you hate your job or love it like I do, in all we do, we honor God, so if liking what you do is a burden, or you feel that you just hate what you do… try to find God in it, Honor him through it,-
My biggest problem with honoring God is that I sometimes do things for the applause of man. I want the approval of my peers, of people who are in high positions in town, and with local notables. I seek approval in them because I think it makes me “Important” Man I tell ya, it sure hasn’t been fun the past couple years seeking approval of others and the applause of man. I have finally just recently, given that up…. and guess what…
It’s hard yall…
Especially in comedy.
Jokes get laughs, laughs bring applause, applause brings joy… for me. Makes me happy, on cloud 9… Once you have been in the spotlight and so many people keep saying “Oh jon, ohhhhh how funny and great you are…. ” It’s hard to not keep wanting that…
Did you know 80% of comics are depressed…. some of the only joy we have comes from that 15 mins of laughs we get at shows. Then off stage, comedians are very reserved, calm and even come off as mean or rude.
I’m super timid and shy sometimes.
At work, I tend to keep my head down and push forward, which is something I want to improve on for sure. I want to be my jovial self. I want to pop some jokes and get some smiles again… I just used to take it too far and had to get serious- I need to have more fun at work and not think if I lighten up I will get into trouble. I don’t need trouble at work… I just need to do my job correctly and go home… I need to have joy at work, we all do… I know there’s that cliche saying about how if you enjoy your work, you never work a day in your life- Well… that’s pretty true I’d say… I think people who truly love what they do, never work a day in their lives… and that’s what I’m after, that’s what we should all be after.
I love my Job. I love where I work, I have a great boss and we have a great business. I’m learning more everyday on how to be successful and he is a good boss for teaching me and showing me how he and the company want things done. I honor God, by showing up. Not just showing up literally, but wholly. I am wholly there. I urge you to find that sweet spot guys. Find that place where you can go to work and just be content with yourself, enough to know you are doing well, you are honoring God and the family He has blessed you with by showing up, by working your butt off, and then going home worn out and kissing your wife.
Kiss that girl when you get home fellas. Ask the mother of your children how HER day way… your not as important as you think! Get over yourself! Seriously… Go hug that baby of yours… change that diaper.
Being a man of God doesn’t stop at the doorway inside the house.
Loving your family is also honoring God.
God is love.
To love your family means to be in God with them. Be in God with your work, be in God with your self, hike up your skirt and be a man!
Pray for your work, pray for your coworkers, pray for your boss, and the people who come into your business… walk the parameters of your business, pray over it, ask for God’s almighty blessing over it. Pray for God to bless what you do! Have you ever done that? DO IT! WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?!
Pray over your work!
Pray over your family!
Seek out God’s blessings!
Seek God’s approval and not mans!
Do things in the name of Jesus to honor our God!
Quit being so selfish!
It’s not about you!
Get over yourself!
God will bless you!
God will bless those that honor him in all they do!
Let go and let God!
It is a proven fact that alone we cannot withstand but united we can conquer all things, all things, all things, all things! We trust in the Lord that He will provide and he will! I dare you to fully trust in Him for provision and see what happens! I give my life to Him, my all, my work my family and I trust that He will provide and that through me someone might take notice and wonder what the heck is wrong with me and why I’m always so happy! Lord your will be done and not mine or ours or anyone else! God you began a good work in us and you will see it through to the end! Help us to follow you Lord and honor in all we do!