The blessing and privilege of Work

Seems the Lord is trying to get something through to me regarding work.

First my wife, read to me last night from Nancy Leigh DeMoss‘ book Choosing Gratitude pages 117 – 118. One quote is, “But have you thought about being thankful for what I call ‘the blessing of meaningful work’? . . .As meaningless as some tasks may seem, as weary as we may get, we need to be reminded that it is a privilege to be entrusted by the living God with responsibility in His Kingdom.” Check out 1 Timothy 1:12

Secondly, I received two email blog updates from two blogs I subscribe to – one is a secular one from one of the top business & marketing “gurus” in the nation right now. He talks about work and the necessity of doing the hard things in work. Read his post below:

The first is from Seth Godin’s blog:

I don’t feel like it

What’s it?

Why do you need to feel like something in order to do the work? They call it work because it’s difficult, not because it’s something you need to feel like.

Very few people wake up in the morning and feel like taking big risks or feel like digging deep for something that has eluded them. People don’t usually feel like pushing themselves harder than they’ve pushed before or having conversations that might be uncomfortable.

Of course, your feelings are irrelevant to whether or not the market expects great work. Do the work. Ignore the feelings part and the work will follow. “

Notice he doesn’t tell you why you need to “push through” or what should motivate you to do the hard things that we all deal with in our responsibilities. Contrast that with what Nancy said above and with the following e-mail I also received this morning from the “Lead Like Jesus” daily devotional:

“As life role leaders our activity varies from place to place. At home we work to provide a safe atmosphere of growth for our families. At church we volunteer our skills to further the Kingdom of God. In business we work to accomplish tasks effectively. In the community we work to improve the world we live in. No matter the role or the specific work involved each opportunity for service can be used to bring honor to the Lord.

Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men, because you know that the Lord will reward everyone for whatever good he does, whether he is slave or free. Ephesians 6:7-8

Prayer: Dear Lord, Help me to put my very best effort into the work I do today. From the lowliest task to the major projects, I offer them to You. I pray that all I do will bring glory and honor to You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!”

So as you face the hard things, boring things, or the stuff you just don’t like doing in your job, just remember that it is a privilege to have been entrusted with those tasks by the Lord, that we are doing them to glorify Him, and that often our true attitudes are revealed more by how we deal with the hard things of our jobs than by how we deal with the “fun” stuff.

Have a blessed day doing your work!