Help Wanted

Believe it or not, there was a time when jobs were posted in a newspaper.  A newspaper is a set of thin papers with black ink printed on them, which came off on to your hands, and the paper contained news, ads, and was the social media of the day.  One would pour over the listings and usually circled the jobs with red ink which looked promising.

These days, jobs are posted online by individual companies or via websites that advertise opportunities to work.  Even with the new ease of finding whose hiring, it can still take a lot of effort and energy getting noticed, in the crowd, and getting your foot in the door.

I have worked 46 years of my life, and I have never had any trouble finding a job.  The longest I have been unemployed is four months.  One time, after moving to a new city, I found a job in two hours.  So am I just lucky?  Maybe, but I contribute my success to one simple thing:

Tithing

My first tithe was 10 cents.  I was eleven, and had earned a dollar.  My parents and my church taught, lived, and preached about tithing.  In case you don’t know what tithing is, it is this:

Returning to God the first 10% of your paycheck.  It is important to pay the tithe first, and then live on the rest.  Yes, it can be difficult to do, especially if times are extremely tough, but I assure you it is worth it.  You are returning to God what is his anyway.  Tithing tells God, “I trust you.” and a loving father likes to be trusted.

“Will a man rob God? Yet you are robbing Me! But you say, ‘In what way have we robbed You?’ In tithes and offerings [you have withheld]. You are cursed with a curse, for you are robbing Me, this whole nation! 10 Bring all the tithes (the tenth) into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house, and test Me now in this,” says the Lord of hosts, “if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you [so great] a blessing until there is no more room to receive it. 11 Then I will rebuke the devourer (insects, plague) for your sake…  Mal.3:8-11 (AMP)

You cannot out give God!

Tithing, and being happy to do it, thrills God, because He loves a cheerful giver.  You give the tithe to your local church, or to the ministry where you are getting fed spiritually.  Then, if you want to give above your tithes it is called an “offering”.

It all starts by going through the “Help Wanted” section of a newspaper, or website.  By asking God for a job isn’t that what you are saying to him?  “God, your help is wanted.”  Then, when He answers, what better way to thank him every time you hold that paycheck in your hand, but to return back 10%.  Come to think of how times have changed, I guess we no longer hold paychecks in our hands either.  I miss holding that document that expressed the fruits of my labor.  “Thank you God, for your love and faithfulness to provide for me all these years.”

Copyright © 2020 Mark Brady.  All rights reserved. 

Two Can do More Than One

051220Considering the challenges, it’s understandable why my wife and I had a difficult time in the beginning adjusting to each other.  An American who didn’t understand Filipino culture, and a Filipino who wasn’t used to a man making decisions.  My wife’s father left the family when she was young.

We had several, heated discussions to say the least.  Many times, either of us wanted to say, “Forget it!”  But one thing kept us trying to figure it out.  We both had to admit there was no doubt God wanted us to be together.  There were too many strong confirmations this marriage was being formed in heaven.

The one line that always got us to stop fighting and take a breath was this,

“We can’t let Satan win!”

It seems as if we were battled by fierce forces unseen, and the truth was, we were!  Satan wanted to put asunder what God had joined together.  “Asunder”, means interfere.

Today, we are doing great.  My wife has only messed up once in the last three months.  Did I say, “My wife”?  I meant me.  The other night we were talking, and I said something about helping others, more than we currently are.  It was then, my wife opened up and shared her dream of helping lives in tangible ways ever since she was a little girl.  I had no idea.  We then dreamed about what that would look like.

The next day I had the opportunity to help a young father, who had relocated to Tulsa from the Covid hot spot of Boston.  They arrived in an old vehicle with only the things they could pack in it.  After he pulled away I was moved to tears as I thought about the shoes he walks in, and I was thankful I was not wearing them.  I don’t have a lot of “extra” right now, as our own budget is tight, but the things he really needed, I had.  It was while thinking on what had just transpired, I said to myself, “Two can do more than one.”  Walking out my wife’s dream had just begun.

I am thankful to God for his many blessings, and I look forward to seeing what and how God will do more through us together as his Spirit leads.

Copyright © 2020 Mark Brady.  All rights reserved.

The End, of the Christmas Story

red-cross“I’m so far in debt.  It’s so stressful.  I can’t wait for it all to be over!”

Jesus paid your debt, blood came out of his pores, and he said, “It is finished.”

The single mother unfortunately, was talking about Christmas.

Jesus’ actions, and what he said, was about dying, for the forgiveness of your sins.

Copyright © 2019 Mark Brady.  All rights reserved.

If You Only Knew

Charlie 69.jpg“No!  I won’t give it to him,” cried out the six year old.

“But it will please God.  It’s better to give than to receive, and you get lots of toys from McDos.”  (What they call McDonalds in the Philippines.)

He shakes his head indicating, “no.”

“And you know what?  I bet if you give your car to him it won’t be long before you get blessed in a bigger way.  Okay?  Let’s go over to the next table and give him the car.”

“No!”

It’s hard to teach a child something that goes against what his culture screams, “Take care of yourself first!”  If he only knew.  We were at the mall, and I wanted like crazy to see the bewilderment on my little friend’s face when the other young man received something he didn’t earn, or even ask for.  There is something about “unexpected joy”.  It looks right, and I know, it feels right.  Then, if my young friend had given the toy away, I was going to take him to the gaming area where you play games of chance to get tickets, only to cash them in on cheaper toys, because he likes it.

I suspect God is the same way with us.  “Come on, give, and it will be given to you.  Trust me in this.”  But it defies our human logic, and we hang on to something that is cheap.  It’s so hard for us to imagine that we will have enough or more than enough when we are already hurting.  If you only knew, there is freedom, and tremendous joy in giving.  God knows of this joy, because He gave us his only Son, Jesus.  Now you know.

Copyright © 2019 Mark Brady.  All rights reserved.

A Conversation with God

I said unto the L052012_47JBord, “God I love you so much.  I will do anything you ask me to.  I will go anywhere in your name.  God I’ll even go to Iraq if you want me to.”  But God said, “I want you to go next door and speak to your neighbor.  Maybe you don’t think they care about me, but you don’t know their heart like I do”

I then said, “God I will give everything I have for your Glory!”  He replied, “Thanks but I would rather you look around and give to those you see in need.  Whether their need is food, clothing, or shelter – give.”

“God I could start a great foundation for you.  What do you think of that?”  Then God said unto me, “Go visit the sick, and not just for 5 minutes either!  Sit with them.  Attend to them.  Let them know they are not going through this alone.  Then when you are done with that go visit someone in prison, or at least sit down and take the time to write them a letter.  Let them know that though they are locked up they are not forgotten.  Show them there is hope.”

“But God I want to do something great for you” Then God spoke to me this, “If you want to do something great then give what I did; give your heart, give your time, give your life.”

Mat 25:40  Then the King will say, ‘I’m telling the solemn truth: Whenever you did one of these things to someone overlooked or ignored, that was me–you did it to me.’ (MSG)