Words from the Heart for Tuesday September 13th, 2016

Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.

Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 (NIV)

A Good Return For Labour

Friendship is a blessing from God. A good friend who helps you with your work or gives you spiritual encouragement is a great gift. Pray for your friends. Ask the Lord to help you to be a faithful friend.

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Devotion

The agricultural sector of the Canadian economy hires thousands of temporary workers from around the world. The employer is responsible for the care of these workers once they arrive in Canada. When the temporary worker arrives in Canada, the employer must arrange for workers’ compensation benefits and medical coverage and must ensure that the temporary worker has the necessary work permit. The work permit clearly lays out what the employer must provide the worker and the employer is responsible for ensuring that these conditions are met. This includes ensuring that the work the worker is doing is according to the work permit. As well, the employer must provide the worker wages and working conditions that meet or are better than those listed in the offer of employment. The worker must get a good return for their labour.

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It has been said that one ox can do the work of … one ox. But two oxen, yoked together, can do the work of five or six. There is strength when people work pull together to accomplish something as well. The author of Ecclesiastes noticed this and wrote in Ecclesiastes 4:9-10: “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.” People are created to be in fellowship with each other. When God created Adam, it wasn’t long before the Lord noticed that it wasn’t good for man to be alone, so He created Eve. We are only human after all. Life can throw curves at us and how much better when we have someone to stand with us. Ecclesiastes specifically deals with matters of work. Two are better than one, he says, because they have a good return on their labour. Wise people find others who can give them advice and counsel. They bring people around them who have different gifts and skills than they do and together things get accomplished. This is a Biblical principle. If you are wanting your life to have impact, get some good advice from Christian friends. They are a gift from God for you, and will help you accomplish far more than you ever could alone.

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley