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Resisting Temptation

Resisting Temptation
This entry is part 23 of 23 in the series WWJD?

In two subplots in the movie Courageous, we see examples of integrity – one man who had it and one who didn’t.

Courageous, the movie

How's Your Integrity?

Sheriff’s Officer, Shane Fuller, played by Kevin Downes, is a Christian, divorced dad struggling to pay his child support and alimony.

Javier Martinez, played by Robert Amaya, is Christian, married, father of two struggling to feed his family and pay the rent and bills. He hears about construction jobs, but when he gets there, they have enough men and he’s sent home.

Javier later gets a job at a factory and after a month, is presented with an offer. The company’s president tells him he can be promoted to a managerial position with increased pay if he would just fudge the inventory a bit.

Shane, is also tested daily. As the Sheriff’s Office arrests drug dealers in the city, Shane is in charge of getting the recovered drugs to the evidence locker. He is tempted to take one or two packets thinking that they wouldn’t be missed.

Which one do you think passed the test? Which one do you think stuck to the integrity and moral values of his Christian faith? Which one do you think fell to desperation and greed?

The answer is surprising. Sheriff Officer, Adam Mitchell, played by Alex Kendrick (who also co-wrote and directed the movie), notices that the amount of drugs collected doesn’t match the amount in the evidence locker. He suspects his partner, Shane, who is later caught in a sting and sent to jail.

Javier, after thinking it over and talking to his wife, tells his boss, that no, what he was asking him to do, lying on the inventory sheet, is dishonest and it goes against God’s Word. As it turns out, it was a test and Javier passed. They were looking for the honest, man of integrity to promote. They had tested many other people and Javier was the only truly, trustworthy person.

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Grieving the loss of a job

Grieving the loss of a job
This entry is part 8 of 10 in the series Don't Worry

Losing one’s job is sometimes like losing one’s identity. When you’re gainfully employed, you introduce yourself as your job title. When that’s gone, what do you have? Nothing?

No, you still have you.

But you’re angry, bitter, resentful, vengeful. You are lost. You feel like a failure.

If you hold on to all those bad emotions, you’ll just bury yourself in a deep depression finding it difficult to move on.

Your anger translates into aggression when interviewing for a job. That’s not good.

You need to release that anger – but not onto your friends and family! Yell at God. It’s ok. He’s heard it all before. He knows what you’re going through. Go ahead and ask, “Why me, Lord? Why now?”

Let go and let God. God is in Control. Trust God, it works!

You will not be able to move forward if you keep looking behind you. The past is past – let it go and face the future with confidence. Read: Fear vs. Faith

Here are some bible passage that will help you through the tough times.

Psalm 40
Matthew 6:25-27
1 Peter 1:6-7
Peter 5:6
Jeremiah 29:11
John 16:33
James 1:2-4
Philippians 4:13-14
Philippians 4:4-7
James 5:11
Psalm 121:1-2

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Great Blessings!
Soli Deo Gloria!
Giselle Aguiar
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Be nice to people out there

Be nice to people out there
This entry is part 18 of 23 in the series WWJD?

“Recession is when a neighbor loses his job. Depression is when you lose yours.”
~Ronald Reagan

You have every right to be angry.

From CNBC as quoted in the
Cambridge Wealth Management Blog

The stock market tanked and you’re watching your hard-earned dollars evaporate from your 401(k) and there’s not much you can do about it. Congress doesn’t seem to care. There’s rumors of a “double-dip” recession. (In my opinion, we never got out of the last one.) The few jobs that are being created aren’t paying nearly as much as the ones that were lost. Food prices are going up as well as utilities and other expenses.

My neighbor had to hold off paying the cable bill so she could get the back to school supplies for her daughter and is working crazy overtime hours so she can pay that bill before they cut off the cable.

Yes, times are tough. People are suffering in ways that we can’t even imagine. Many are in physical pain because they can’t afford to go to the doctor. Many are just wondering how they’re going to pay the rent, feed themselves and put gas in the car. Top that with over 100 degree weather in Phoenix and it’ll make anyone testy.

But that doesn’t mean you have to take it out on the world. The driver in front of you is angry at something too, but that doesn’t mean you need to tailgate them. If they stop suddenly, you get the citation for driving too close – and you don’t need a traffic ticket.

Be nice. Pass on Kindness. Be helpful. Ok, you say, but you can’t help everyone! True, but help who you can. WWJD!

Let the car waiting to get out of a parking area go in front of you. Let the person with only 2 items go first in the checkout line. Buy the beggar on the street a $1.00 hamburger or give them the granola bar that’s been baking in your glove compartment.

There but for the grace of God go you.

“In this life we cannot always do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” ~Mother Teresa.

It’s simply compassion and kindness. The Holy Spirit offers kindness as a free gift when you become a Christian. (Galatians 5:16-25) God expects us to “help the least of these.” (Matthew 25:31-46).

Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. ~Hebrews 4:16

It’s as hard to start new habits as it is to break bad ones, but every morning when you wake up give thanks to the Lord that you are still alive and you will start the day on a positive note and that note will help you through the not-so-positive stuff that will no doubt bombard you.

Put this bible verse on a piece of paper and tape it to your bathroom mirror and say it out loud as you comb your hair and it will help you be nice.

This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. ~Psalm 118:24

Many Blessings!
Giselle Aguiar

A Real-life WWJD Example: stepping out of your comfort zone

A Real-life WWJD Example: stepping out of your comfort zone
This entry is part 7 of 23 in the series WWJD?

Imagine trying to get another job when your resume lists your last position as “Stripper”. I can’t. Jessica Pearce of Career Connectors stepped out of her comfort zone and reached out to help ladies trapped in a degrading job.

Strippers Seeking Their Next Great Opportunity

This is a perfect example of a WWJD effort. 
When was the last time you stepped out of your comfort zone to help someone without expecting anything in return?  
Jesus spoke to the Samaritan woman at the well, socialized with tax collectors, embraced a leper.
I remember an old Christian folk song who’s chorus was:
They will know we are Christians by our Love, by our Love, They will know we are Christians by our Love.

Will people know you are Christian by your Love?

God Bless,
Soli Deo Gloria
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Calling in sick when you’re not is cheating

Calling in sick when you’re not is cheating
This entry is part 6 of 23 in the series WWJD?

80-85% of the people who call in sick to work are not. That’s cheating the company you work for. That’s fraud.

Those statistics are from this MSNBC article about companies who hire private investigators to spy on their employees who call in sick – proving that they really are not. 

With that high a number, I have to assume that some of them are Christians – or profess to be.

Ok, some companies have policies where if you don’t use your sick days within a specific time frame, you lose them. But that doesn’t give you license to be dishonest. And what happens when you’re really sick or get hurt and you’ve run out of sick days? Day off without pay. You only screw yourself in the end.

Even leaving 10 minutes early if no one sees you, is cheating.

Because you can get away with it doesn’t make it right. Oh, but your employer may have sent a detective after you. And what do you think will happen if you get caught? There are millions of unemployed people out there who, because they’ve been unemployed for so long, will be the best, most loyal employees ever. The last thing you want is to get fired in this economy.

If you live your life cheating your employer, your spouse, your family, your friends, you are never going to break free.

Living your life with honor and integrity is what Jesus calls us to do. It’s the main goal of every Christian.

Next time you’re tempted to call in sick and then head to the mall, think – What Would Jesus Do? Then go to work.

Winners Never Cheat - by Jon M. Huntsman

God Bless,
Giselle Aguiar