Leah Daughtry

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The Benefit Plan

Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits . . .

The Affordable Healthcare Act – AKA Obamacare – has generated lots of talk about what kinds of benefits employees can, should, might, and don’t offer.  Seems to me that at the root of all this is the central concern about how a company treats its employees.

Like most folks, I’ve worked at a few different places in my life.  And one of the first questions I ask when considering a new employer is: what benefits do you offer?  These days, every company seems to offer something different.  Some offer a pension plan, some don’t.  Some give free lunch.  Some give transportation passes.  Some give two weeks vacation, some give four.  There’s no set standard for what an employer has to offer its employees; it’s completely up to them and the offerings can vary widely.

But life in the company of God is another story.  He’s the ultimate employer.  His benefit plan is the “top-of-the-line” best, and it never changes.  And you don’t have to worry about His company going out of business – it was founded way before the Year of the Flood and shows no sign of slowing down.  Economic downturns, inflation, recessions, depressions are of no consequence to Kingdom enterprises, and don’t affect what benefits He offers to His folks.  And, best of all, once you join the company, the potential for promotion is endless.

The Message Bible says it best:  O my soul, bless God. From head to toe, I’ll bless his holy name!  O my soul, bless God, don’t forget a single blessing!  He forgives your sins – every one.  He heals your diseases—every one.  He redeems you from hell—saves your life!  He crowns you with love and mercy—a paradise crown.  He wraps you in goodness—beauty eternal.  He renews your youth—you’re always young in his presence.  Psalm 103:1-5 (The Message)