1. Your Work: Are you using the opportunities at work to point others to Christ or are you merely fitting into the culture? Pray to God to show you how He would have you use this opportunity for your testimony. 
  2. Your Rest: In our fast-paced North American culture, are you balancing work with rest? God created all in 6 days and rested on the 7th day ([esvignore]Genesis[/esvignore] chapters 1&2). Rest or leisure is a gift from God as is work and we can’t focus on one without the other. Slow down and know that He is God (Psalm 46:10). 
  3. Your Time: In Ephesians 5:16 Paul tells us to walk as wise men redeeming or making the most of your time. Time stewardship today is being eroded not so much by TV (Canadians used to watch an average of about 5 hours a day) but by the internet and social networking. For example a father went to his daughter’s graduation and as he stood up to take a photo of her receiving her degree, he observed that 50% or more of those around him were looking at their iPad or iPhone. Watch time wasters. 
  4. Your Possessions: How many of us have dreamed of having a boat, a snow vehicle, a cottage, etc. with which to spend our leisure time? Yet we fail to realize that theses acquisitions require much care that reduces our leisure! Perhaps we need to think of how we can downsize to redeem the time. 
  5. Your Relationships: We all know that any meaningful relationship takes time. We can’t be a growing follower of Jesus Christ without spending time with Jesus and His Word. Strong marriages are built on meaningful relationships between the spouses. If you are prone to fast food with your family, try a slow food meal and evaluate how much you learn about the lives of your family. Rather than focusing on relationships with 100 people, why not focus on a real friendship with a few, whose lives you can help build as a disciple-maker. 
  6. Your Finances (debt and borrowing): Many marriages today are strained by financial problems. With easy access to credit many have mortgaged their future earnings to a lender. Proverbs 22:7 reminds us that a borrower is a slave to the lender. Financial slavery can impact the future. It is not God’s Will for this generation to pass it’s debt onto the next. So with much prayer and Bible study let us learn to live debt free rather than paycheque to paycheque. Let us handle God’s money God’s way ([esvignore]Matthew 25:14-46[/esvignore]). 
  7. Your Mind (Contentment, 1 Timothy 6:6-8): The basic meaning of contentment is enough, therefore satisfied and freed from reliance on other persons or things for needs. Contentment is born out of a high view of God and His provision, promises and grace. The results should be contented behaviour of being humble and assured that God supplies one’s needs and releases one from unnecessary desire (covetousness, [esvignore]1 John 2:15-17[/esvignore]). Contentment is internal satisfaction that does not demand change in external circumstances; one is strengthened by God’s grace and one’s faith in God. One is able to assist others and is weary of becoming secure and complacent with this sufficiency [esvignore](Mt. 6:25-32, Heb. 13:5, 2 Cor. 12:9, 1 Kings 12:9[/esvignore]). Therefore be one who gives thanks in all things ([esvignore]Eph. 5:18-20[/esvignore])

I hope these thoughts have enabled us to minister to you because you are important to us and your partnership in establishing Canadians in God’s Word is important to our Heavenly Father (Col. 1:10).

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