17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
A job posting was passed on by an unemployed individual desperate to find work. Found on an employment website, it was for a wastewater plant operator. Among the job requirements: “Must be able to swim.” (Michael Leamons,“All in a Day’s Work,” Reader’s Digest, February 2000, p. 48.)
Some of you may feel you HAVE that job.
How do we glorify God when we are swimming in waste water? Paul says that whatever we find ourselves doing… we can make a conscious choice to honor God doing it… and even be thankful for it.
Martin Luther reminds us: “The maid who sweeps her kitchen is doing the will of God just as much as the monk who prays—not because she may sing a Christian hymn as she sweeps but because God likes to see clean floors. The Christian shoemaker does his Christian duty not by putting crosses on shoes he makes but
by making good shoes, because God is interested in good craftsmanship.”
Coca-Cola vice president Bonnie Wurzbacher speaking of her career and vocational journey once remarked, “Where once I thought a job should be meaningful, now I realize the worker brings meaning to the job.” (Dr. David Cox http://jbournesblog.wordpress.com/2011/08/23/gods-view-of-work/#comment-401 )
What meaning are you bringing to your work?
One of my favorite artists of all time may surprise you… it is Charles Shultz. It has always amazed me how much he was able to convey in just three panels. And his craft was not something he tried to just crank out. I read this quote from him a few years ago and it brings a smile to my face.
“A visitor almost never fails to remark: ‘Gee, you could work real hard, couldn’t you, and get several months ahead and then take the time off?” Being… a slow learner, it took me until last year to realize what an odd statement that really is. You don’t work all your life to do something so you don’t have to do it. I could talk about Beethoven knocking out a few fast symphonies so he could take some time off; or Picasso grinding out a dozen paintings so he could go away, but the comparison would be pompous. We live in a society that worships vacations.” – Charles Schulz
Glorify God in what you do!