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Summary: No one wants to do anything anymore… They just want to rely on someone else to do it for them…and still receive the benefits as though they had done it all on their own...

It's hard…To find good help?

Matthew 9:36-38 NKJ

36 But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd.

37 Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few.

38 Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.”

Illus.

In Bill Gates’ new book Business @ The Speed of Thought, he lays out 11 rules that students do not learn in high school or college, but should.

He argues that our feel-good, politically correct teachings have created a generation of kids with no concept of reality who are set up for failure in the real world.

RULE 1 - Life is not fair; get used to it.

RULE 2 - The world won’t care about your self-esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself.

RULE 3 - You will NOT make 40 thousand dollars a year right out of high school. You won’t be a vice-president with a car phone, until you earn both a high school and college degree.

RULE 4 - If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss. He doesn’t have tenure.

RULE 5- Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your grandparents had a different word for burger flipping, they called it opportunity.

RULE 6 - If you mess up, it’s not your parents’ fault, so don’t whine about your mistakes, learn from them.

RULE 7 - Before you were born, your parents weren’t as boring as they are now. They got that way from paying your bills; cleaning your clothes and listening to you talk about how cool you are. So before you save the rain forest from the parasites of your parents’ generation, try "delousing"

the clothes in your own room.

RULE 8 - Your school may have done away with winners and losers, but life has not. In some schools they have abolished failing grades; they will let you try as many times as you want to get the right answer. This doesn’t bear the slightest resemblance to ANYTHING in real life.

RULE 9 - Life is not divided into semesters. You don’t get summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you find yourself. Do that on your own time.

RULE 10 - Television is NOT real life. In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop to go to their jobs.

RULE 11 - Be nice to nerds. Chances are you’ll end up working for one.

Everywhere you go today… People and employers say the same thing

It's hard to find help...it's even harder to get good help and keep it.

No one wants to do anything anymore… They just want to rely

on someone else to do it for them…and still receive the benefits as though they had done it all on their own...

That is...except when it comes to spiritual matters… Then they want

to try to do it all and not rely on God to do anything...

Let me clarify that...they only want Him to do what they want

Him to do...and the rest of it, they think they can manage on their own!

The story I'm going to share with you today is about a King

who was having a bad day...for you see he was up against

the Israelite army and couldn't figure out why he wasnt winning the battle…

So he asked those around him...you know his trusted advisors

but they didn't have a clue as to why, when, where or what was even going on...

kind a like, a lot of people are still today

1 Kings 20:23-25 MSG

23-25 Meanwhile the advisors to the king of Aram said, “Their god is a god of the mountains— we don’t stand a chance against them there. So let’s engage them on the plain where we’ll have the advantage. Here’s the strategy: Remove each sheik from his place of leadership and replace him with a seasoned officer. Then recruit a fighting force equivalent in size to the army that deserted earlier— horse for horse, chariot for chariot. And we’ll fight them on the plain— we’re sure to prove stronger than they are.”

It sounded good to the king; he did what they advised.

In this passage, we find the Syrians were being defeated by the Israelites.

And then, some of the Syrian king’s advisers give the king what they thought was the reason for their defeat.

Human nature is always trying to figure out why things

don’t happen the way they think that they should...

or in the context they think and the timetable

they would like for those things to happen..

Why is this happening to me and to my family?

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