Have you ever had times when you notice apathy starting to creep into your work? Maybe you’re in a difficult work environment, under lots of stress, work for a difficult boss, deal with demanding (and sometimes inconsiderate) customers, feel like you’re surrounded by incompetence…You’re feeling underpaid, undervalued, and just weary from the daily grind.
I have a “friend” who is in one of those funks right now. I don’t want to mention [me] any names [me], because you’d probably guess who it is [me]. I could write about how we need to run the race with endurance…How we shouldn’t grow weary and lose heart…How we need to take our eyes off our own circumstances and fix our eyes on Jesus. I admit that these concepts from Hebrews 12:1-3 are some of my favorite Bible verses, but God impressed something else upon my heart today to help me focus on pleasing Him.
God has blessed me with a job that is able to provide for our needs. I know there are many families enduring the trial of unemployment. If that is you, I pray for you…that God would give you strength to endure, and that He would provide what you need according to His perfect timing.
In addition to being grateful for His provision, the perspective that God is reminding me of today is that whatever job He’s given me this day is the job He intends for me to work at diligently so He will be glorified. He brought the following verses to mind today from Colossians 3:22-24…
22 Bondservants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh, not with eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but in sincerity of heart, fearing God. 23 And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.
A gentle reminder that it’s not about me. In fact, it should never be about me. It’s all about God. My life exists solely to please Him and bring Him glory.
Thanks for the reminder, God.
—– Paul —–