“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men…” – Colossians 3:23 (ESV)
Another workweek begins today. Yep, another Monday. Those weekends go by fast, don’t they ? Sometimes starting another five-day workweek looks a little overwhelming. Another long commute, feeling overwhelmed at the office, possibly hope for a better job elsewhere. Unless you’re in your perfect job now, it can be tempting to discount today and keep looking forward to something better in your career. However, as James reminds us, “…yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring.” (Jas 4:14, ESV).
I’d like to think I have a good attitude towards my work situation…or at least I hope I do. I realize that doing computer tech support isn’t helping to save lives, but it has provided my wife and I the opportunity to own our own place, pay for health insurance and graduate coursework, and to travel, among other things. But here’s a question. Am I fully aware that just being able to work and do these things everyday is a real blessing ?
I’m currently reading John Piper’s book “Don’t Waste Your Life” and am now at Chapter 8. Pastor John calls this chapter “Making Much of Christ from 8 to 5”. He suggests that maybe a greater spirit of gratitude on our part can help us better appreciate the work that God has called us to do at this time in our lives.
“One way to enjoy God’s presence and fellowship is through thankful awareness that your ability to do any work at all, including this work, is owing to his grace…All your faculties of sight and hearing and touch, all your motor skills with hands and legs, all your mental acts of observing and organizing and assessing, all your skills that make you good at this particular job — all these things are God’s gifts.” (p. 136-137)
As usual, Pastor John makes you sit up straight when you read his books or hear him preach. Our ability to do “any work at all, including this work, is owing to his grace.” Amen to that. Thank you Pastor John for this great reminder.