Friday, October 2, 2009

daily text 10/2

Friday, October 2nd, 2009
"Trust in Jehovah with all your heart." (Proverbs 3:5)

Conscientious Christian parents take seriously their Scriptural responsibility to provide materially for their families. (1 Timothy 5:8) However, Satan’s aim is to make Christians lose their balance in this regard. Perhaps they habitually miss meetings because they give in to pressure from their employers to do extra work. They may be afraid to ask for time off to attend all the sessions of a district convention to worship Jehovah with their brothers. The protection against this snare is to “trust in Jehovah.” (Proverbs 3:6) Additionally, remembering that we are all members of Jehovah’s household and that he has obligated himself to watch over us will help us to maintain our balance. Parents, do you have faith that Jehovah will in one way or another care for you and your family when you do his will? Or will the Devil catch you alive and get you to do his will because of fear of man?—Psalm 91:3.
(Watchtower issue: 10/1/07, 3:7)

*We had some really great info and experiences last year on this topic which I'm gonna look for so I can post after I finish working on the yearbook experience I wanted to post today. (which also relates to this topic) But in the meantime, you can read a few related stories that I posted awhile back. One is about the court case of the two brothers in Arkansas who got fired for requesting time off to attend the convention and the final outcome. And the Russian brothers who got fired simply for being Jehovah's Witnesses.
An Unexpected Turn Of Events

Or the story of the sister who was arrested for preaching and given a jail sentence during the time when her convention was scheduled,...but by being smart and showing up early to 'do her time' she ended up being able to attend the convention afterall.
Honesty Pays Off

*in most cases, the way in which a person presents the matter to their employer can make all the difference. In past positions I've held, I always made it clear right from the start that there were certain days or shifts I couldn't work because I regularly attended my religious meetings on those days. I was always polite, but firm that the issue wasn't negotiable,...and I never had a problem at any of the places I worked. Even on the few occasions when it 'almost' became an issue, (like when other employees quit unexpectedly, or had conflicting college schedules, etc) the dilemma always managed to work itself out by praying about the situation, and by being willing to rearrange my schedule or work some extra overtime in order to 'make up for it' on those occasions. (As well as giving as much 'advance notice' as possible when requesting time off for conventions, instead of waiting till the last minute).
But of course with the economy being more of a concern now, and with more people willing to do 'whatever it takes' to keep their jobs, the situation isn't going to always work out so easy.

The drama at this year's District Convention about the prodigal son, demonstrated this scenario really well. The kid who played the part of the 'half-hearted' Witness in the drama, basically set himself up for what happened. He didn't take spiritual matters or his worship seriously, and right from the start he was willing to cater to every request his employer made of him in order to 'get ahead' (even when it forced him to work a schedule which would regularly interfere with attending meetings) His choice also caused a problem when his friend began working for the same company, because the manager expected him to be just as willing to put secular demands ahead of his religious obligations.