Yesterday morning, I woke up with a headache and a stiff neck. This is not unusual for me; anytime there is a change in the weather, I usually feel yucky for a day or two. I sat down at the table and opened up my computer to start work. Joe said, “why don’t you take off the morning and try to feel better.” I told him I would feel lousy no matter what, so I might as well get some work done.
Joe looked at me and said, “you must really love your work.” Oh, my gosh, yes!!! I love my work, and I feel blessed I’m able to do this for a living. Later that morning, I opened my email to read a daily devotional from Proverbs 31 Ministries. Wouldn’t you know the post was about working? I guess it is only fitting since this is Labor Day Weekend, so let’s talk a minute about work.
I’ve heard sermons talking on this subject before, and they have all said the same thing. Whatever your job, work it with all your heart as if you were working for the Lord.
23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters,
I’ve been guilty of slacking occasionally and grumbled about my boss more than once. Instead of being grateful that I had a job where I could help put food on the table, put clothes on the kids, and help with the bills, I complained. If I was asked to work overtime, I groaned. Can you work this Saturday? Not without fussing. What do you mean we only get one day off for Christmas??? My boss (aka my husband) was who I thought I was working for, not the Lord.
If the Lord had asked me to stay late, work on a Saturday, or go to my parents another time, I would have said enthusiastically, “Yes, Lord!” Obviously, I hadn’t read Colossians 3:23 or put the verse into practice.
Fast forward several years, and I now consider my job a blessing from the Lord. It can be long hours and has its difficulties, but I always feel like it is a blessing, and I try to honor the Lord for entrusting it to me. If you dig ditches, glorify the Lord by being the best ditch digger there is. If you are a teacher, honor the Lord by showing your students kindness and compassion. Some might say you are retired and no longer in the workforce. You clean the house, run errands, cook, and do a hundred other small jobs, so do them all as if working for the Lord.
Be aware that if you are working as if the Lord is your boss, then the evil one might try to attack you. This past Monday, I woke up, and before I got out of bed, I opened up my emails. I had three emails that made me want to stay in bed and cover up my head. One email I answered, and the other two I ignored. The two emails I ignored told me to quit putting scriptures in my daily posts. Earlier last week, a subscriber said that if I continued to put the scriptures in my posts, she would unsubscribe. I assume she isn’t reading this post.
Since I consider my blog a blessing from the Lord, I will continue to include scriptures to spread His word. Unless I get fired, I work for the Lord, not for man. And, by the way, so do YOU!
To God Goes The Glory!
Have a Blessed Day!