“Whatever your task, put yourself into it, as done for the Lord and not for people, since you know that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward; you serve the Lord Christ.” —Colossians 3:23–24
This verse is found in several places throughout the Bible, so I am thinking that since it is repeated, it is probably something that we need to remember. Perhaps, it is something that we, in our human nature, tend to forget.
Many people who work in nonprofits end up wearing many hats. Your title may be Chief Executive Officer, Program Director, Social Worker or something else, but you know that what the title really means is that you roll up your sleeves and do whatever it takes to make the organization fulfill its mission whether that is taking out the trash, cleaning the floor or holding a baby. (The baby holding is my favorite).
And, sometimes in our humanness, we begin to get a little prideful and think about ourselves and the image the world tells us we need to put forward. An image where we don’t get dirty, an image where we are highly compensated and an image where we are in control. And, sometimes we just get tired and want to walk by the things that need to be done (those things that no one notices anyway).
Today, I want to encourage you to remember that your work is not for others. As a child of God, your everyday work is being done for God…not for the world. So, it doesn’t matter what the world thinks, your work is important.
It doesn’t matter that the world tells you your degree is worth more than you are being paid.
It doesn’t matter that the world tells you that your job is not to do xyz….
It doesn’t matter that the world tells you that you can get by without going the extra mile.
This is not how God is calling us to live. Instead, we are to do our best in everything we do….we are representing God! We need to show the rest of the world that we are not working for this world, but are instead working for the God of the Universe. How exciting is that!
So, when you are discouraged and want to give up, when you feel like no one understands why you go above and beyond or when you do things “beneath you,” just remember the God sees and knows everything you are doing and he is smiling as he sees the heart with which you are working.
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Sweet Blessings My Friends!