The first job I ever worked, I had at the age of 13.  I was bussing tables, mopping floors, washing dishes and anything else that my boss thought needed doing around the restaurant, including perhaps policing up trash around the parking lot of the restaurant.   I would work for a few hours after school in the evenings and then for several hours on Saturday.  Back then, like many places of business in that part of Georgia, we were closed on Sundays.  This job was my first real chance at earning my own money, money which I could spend any way I chose.  The job also introduced me to something I would be doing the rest of my life, working.  I didn’t mind the work, and there were many aspects of it that I found enjoyable.  The people were always, for the most part enjoyable, whether it was my co-workers, who became good friends, or the various interesting people who would come into the restaurant.  There was always something interesting going on at work or something interesting to talk about with my co-workers or the customers.  So work was, for the most part, actually fun. 

For people of the world, work is often looked upon as a drudgery, something unpleasant that you are forced to do, something to be avoided.  But work gives us an opportunity to develop our character and build upon our skill sets.  It keeps us busy so that we don’t have opportunity to get into trouble, or it keeps us from developing bad habits such as laziness.  In short, it makes us into better people.  Work was always part of God’s plan from all indications in the Bible.  In the very beginning, before the fall, Adam was busy naming all the animals, and it looks like God had Adam doing something tending to the plants or animals around the Garden of Eden.  It was only after the fall that work apparently became difficult.  From that moment, we would earn our living by the sweat of our brow, indicating that work was now to be difficult, which it apparently was not before the fall.  Also, our work from that point on would be against various obstacles, so there would always be resistance that would keep work from ever being easy.

But work is still necessary for us to develop our character and for us to do something useful to work out our place in this world.   Each of us comes with unique talents and a unique perspective, so there is something special that we each bring to this world that no one else can quite bring to the world, so each of us is a part of God’s greater plan for humanity.   Moreover, for the Christian, work is our chance to show the world something about who we are as Christians and something about who our God is.   In all the things that we do in this world, whether work or hobbies, or whatever our hand finds to do, we are always acting as God’s ambassadors, communicating something to the world about the Awesome God that we serve.  Additionally, our work is to be done as if we are working directly for God.  So we should always approach work as an opportunity to show God how much we love Him and to try to give something back to Him in appreciation for all that He does for us on a daily basis.

I pray that you will find joy in your work and that you will be able to witness to the world of the Mighty God you serve as well as finding a chance to show Him how much you love Him by the excellence that you put into your work.  


 


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07/12/2016 12:38pm

Real purpose of the work and real objective of the task to be viewed and projected. It is the entitlement of the success and triumph. It is the produced and announced. It is the enhanced for the right and reformed.

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    I'm a retired soldier, having spent 23 years of my life serving our country, actually 30 years when you count the reserve and National Guard time as well.  I believe in servant leaders, following the example of our Lord, and I believe in giving back to the troops once one has attained a certain status or level of success in life.  But I also believe in fighting back against corruption and incompetence wherever you find it if it hurts people.  Our national values were worth dying for.  They are also worth living for.  A man or woman can actually live a life by these principles of humility, service, love, duty, and honor, and have a significant impact on the world around them...if you have the dedication to see it through. 

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