Tuesday, November 21, 2017

to be bored and to tinker




I feel you Julian…hahaha…what happen was, after today’s S&M meeting…Julian from the Supply Chain Department came to Marcus, Mr. Horton’s Secretary & myself…recently Julian have a new boss; the new Supply Chain Director…so, Julian was expressing that the Supply Chain Director is very smart…gather all the data, then can re-build a new database to identify the problems…both Marcus & Mr. Horton’s Secretary commented that this is good, at least there is someone who is motivated, energetic, keen to keep moving and have a sense of ownership. Julian agrees but feel small lor…the boss seems to be smarter and the Supply Chain team doesn’t look like it lor…hahaha…then, Mr. Horton’s Secretary proposed lor…if that is the case, ask the director to teach the team lor…ok, see if I do the same thing…whether this Mr. Horton’s Secretary will give the same response or not…hahaha...I understand how Julian feel…I also feel very small…like that day also…running the BTS report…this Jecca gave the list…and then vlookup and put a BTS indicator in the worksheet…so I tak perasan mah…why can’t just give a proper clean list in the first place…I also don’t understand…so Marcus spotted lor…because my numbers keep on cannot tally with Jecca’s figues…sigh…never mind…continue to learn, continue to move forward…THANK YOU GOD, PRAISE TO THE LORD, BLESS YOU GOD.

A Joyful Heart




Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before Him with joyful songs…enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His name. Why? For the Lord is good and His love endures forever.

Dear Lord, give us thankful hearts to praise You, because You are good and all that You do is good. Your love endures forever!

A Day To Rest




Six days do your work, but on the seventh day do not work.

We can approach our day of rest with expectancy and creativity, welcoming the chance to worship and do something that feeds our souls, which will vary according to our preferences. Some will like to play games; some to garden; some to share a meal with friends and family; some to take an afternoon nap.

How can we rediscover the beauty and richness of setting apart a day to rest, if that’s missing from our lives?

Lord God, in You we will find our rest. Thank You that You’ve created us both to work and to rest. Please help us to find the right rhythm for our lives.

In our faith and service, rest is a as important as work.

A Time For Everything




There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.

King Solomon addresses through a series of opposites how there is a time for everything, a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot. Perhaps King Solomon in these verses despairs at what he sees as a meaningless cycle of life. But he also acknowledges the role of God in each season, that our work is a gift of God and that everything God does will endure forever.

We know, however, that the Lord promises to be with us in every season of our life. We can count on His presence and find that our purpose is in walking with Him.

Lord God, You lead me through the seasons, and whether I’m laughing or crying I know You are with me.


God gives us the seasons of our lives.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

A Reason To Sing




Enemies were heading toward the people of Judah. Alarmed, King Jehoshaphat called everyone together. He led the community in intense prayer. They didn’t eat or drink, but only prayed. We don’t know what to do, but our eyes are on You. The next day, they set out. They weren’t led by their fiercest warriors, but by their choir. They believed God’s promise that they would be delivered without having to fight at all. While they sang and walked toward the conflict, their enemies fought each other! By the time God’s people reached the battlefield, the fighting had ended. God saved His people as they marched by faith toward the unknown, singing His praises.

God encourages us to praise Him for good reasons. Whether or not we are marching into battle, praising God has power to change our thoughts, our hearts and our lives.

God, we praise Your everlasting love & faithfulness! You protect and guide us and we trust You with our lives.

Rings & Grace




So many times we remember our sins and feel we must do something to earn God’s forgiveness. But God has said it is by grace, not by works, that we are saved.

We may still feel sad about our past, but we need to trust His promise and believe His grace and forgiveness is real through faith in Jesus Christ. This news should lead us to thankfulness and the assurance faith brings. When God forgives, He forgets.

Dear Lord, thank You for Your grace and Your offer of salvation and forgiveness through Christ. Thank You for this free gift that is not based on anything I can do.

Grace and forgiveness are unearned gifts.

Everything We Need




I often feel completely inadequate for the tasks I face. Whether it’s teaching Sunday school, advising a friend, at work, family & friends relationships, personal development…the challenge often seems to be larger than my ability.

God has given us His very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.

Our relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ is the source of the wisdom, patience and power we need to honor God, help others and meet the challenges of today. Through Him, we can overcome our hesitations and feelings of inadequacy.

In every situation, He has given us everything we need to serve and honor Him.

Thank You, Father for giving me everything I need to serve You and encourage others today. May I honor You in all I do.

God promises to provide everything we need to honor Him with our lives.

Are You Being Prepared?




The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and…the bear will rescue me.

Young David persevered through an experience we might well call unpleasant. When Israel was challenged to send someone to fight Goliath, no one was brave enough to step up to the task. No one but David. King Saul was reluctant to send him to fight, but David explained that as a shepherd he had fought and killed a lion and a bear for the sake of the sheep. Confidently he stated, The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and…the bear will rescue me from the hand of Philistine.

Being a shepherd didn’t earn David much respect, but it prepared him to fight Goliath and eventually become Israel’s greatest king. We may be in difficult circumstances, but through them God might be preparing us for something greater!

Lord, help me to hold on during the unpleasant times in my life right now; knowing that You may be preparing me for something greater.


God uses present circumstances to prepare us for the future.

Solidays




A Mohamed Salah double and Philippe Coutinho saw Liverpool go fifth with a 3-0 victory over Southampton.

10 Ways To Spot A Truly Exceptional Employee




Personality traits form at an early age and are fixed by early adulthood. Many important things about you change over the course of your lifetime, but your personality isn’t one of them.

They’re willing to delay gratification. One thing an exceptional employee never says is, “That’s not in my job description.” Exceptional employees work outside the boundaries of job descriptions. They’re neither intimidated nor entitled; instead of expecting recognition or compensation to come first, they forge ahead in their work, confident that they’ll be rewarded later but unconcerned if they’re not.

They can tolerate conflict. While exceptional employees don’t seek conflict, they don’t run away from it either. They’re able to maintain their composure while presenting their positions calmly and logically. They’re able to withstand personal attacks in pursuit of the greater goal and never use that tactic themselves.

They focus. Student pilots are often told, “When things start going wrong, don’t forget to fly the plane.” Plane crashes have resulted from pilots concentrating so hard on identifying the problem that they flew the plane into the ground. Eastern Airlines Flight 401 is just one example: The flight crew was so concerned about the landing gear being down that they didn’t realize they were losing altitude until it was too late, despite alarms going off in the cockpit. Exceptional employees understand the principle of “Just fly the plane.” They don’t get distracted by cranky customers, interoffice squabbles, or switch to a different brand of coffee. They can differentiate between real problems and background noise; therefore, they stay focused on what matters.

They’re judiciously courageous. Exceptional employees are willing to speak up when others are not, whether it’s to ask a difficult (or “embarrassingly” simple) question or to challenge an executive decision. However, that’s balanced with common sense and timing. They think before they speak and wisely choose the best time and place to do so.

They’re in control of their egos. Exceptional employees have egos. While that’s part of what drives them, they never give their egos more weight than what is deserved. They’re willing to admit when they’re wrong and willing to do things someone else’s way, whether it’s because the other way is better or it’s important to maintain team harmony.

They’re never satisfied. Exceptional employees have unparalleled convictions that things can always be better—and they’re right. No one is ever done growing, and there is no such thing as “good enough” when it comes to personal improvement. No matter how well things are going, exceptional employees are driven to improve, without forgetting to give themselves a healthy pat on the back.

They recognize when things are broken and fix them. Whether it’s a sticky desk drawer or an inefficient, wasteful process affecting the cash flow of the entire department, exceptional employees don’t walk past problems. “Oh, it’s been that way forever,” simply isn’t in their vocabulary. They see problems as issues to be fixed immediately; it’s that simple.

They’re accountable. If you’re a manager trying to decipher a bungled report, “It’s not my fault” is the most irritating phrase in the English language. Exceptional employees are accountable. They own their work, their decisions, and all of their results—good or bad. They bring their mistakes to management’s attention rather than hoping no one will find out. They understand that managers aren’t out to assign blame; they’re out to get things done.

They’re marketable. “Marketable” can mean many things. Inside the organization, it means “likeable.” Exceptional employees are well liked by co-workers. They have integrity and leadership skills (even if they’re not in an official leadership position) that people respond to. Externally, it means they can be trusted to represent the brand well. Managers know they can send these employees out to meet with clients and prospects without worrying about what they’ll say or do.

They neutralize toxic people. Dealing with difficult people is frustrating and exhausting for most. Exceptional employees control their interactions with toxic people by keeping their feelings in check. When they need to confront a toxic person, they approach the situation rationally. They identify their own emotions and don’t allow anger or frustration to fuel the chaos. They also consider the difficult person’s standpoint and are able to find solutions and common ground. Even when things completely derail, emotionally intelligent people are able to take the toxic person with a grain of salt to avoid letting him or her bring them down.

Take notice of what’s not mentioned: coding skills, years of experience, business degrees, etc. These things matter, but they won’t make you exceptional.