“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”
This verse came to mind yesterday as I helped to scrub down the green room here in the Eastern theater building – a task which reminded me of late nights picking up wine glasses from the theater floor, scrubbing out buckets that had been filled with milky ice cream water, frantically entering in thousands of ticket order forms into the computer system, or talking patiently on the phone with a patron who has repeated herself fifty times in the last hour.
Or even before that … of helping grouchy customers at the Customer Service desk at WalMart or long hours standing and checking huge basketfuls of merchandise which people seemed to like to pay with all coupons (or they would forget their method of payment so we would suspend the transaction and set it aside, and then they never returned). And then there are the memories of eleven-year old me, getting up at 5am every day to walk a small-town’s streets with my mother, delivering newspapers to doorsteps before the sun had even gotten up.
Don’t get me wrong – I am incredibly blessed with the job I currently have (in fact, you can read more about the Reasons I Love Working for a Theater), and the joys of CYT have been imprinted so deeply upon my heart that I hope I will always stay connected with it. But every job does have its menial, tedious parts to it – the challenges and difficulties that make you want to pull your hair out and scream – and for this, we must pray.
Work is a holy thing. God created us to work, just as He works, and to grumble and complain about it constantly is to profane that which God has ordained. Surely there are jobs that are more difficult to bear with – and we all have to experience those from time to time. But in the midst of it all, we are called to glorify God in whatever job He has currently called us to. We are called to do our jobs with so much excellence that it stands out. We are called to lovingly work alongside our co-workers and be a light and example to them. We are called to respond to the tests that come our way with grace and patience, exemplifying the attitude of Christ Jesus. And through our life work, we are to be a testimony to the rest of the world of a life changed.
Prayer Postures for Today:
– Pray for the right attitude toward work and the job in which God has currently placed you.
– Pray for opportunities to share the Gospel with your co-workers and to love them more deeply.
– Pray for the strength to honor God with the excellence of the work you do.
Father, thank You for creating us to work. Thank You for the immense satisfaction and fulfillment that comes from finishing a job well. Please help us to honor You with our work and to use it as a way to testify of Your work in our lives. Give us strength for trying circumstances, and patience with those who annoy us or are downright unfair or rude at work. May we spread Your light specifically in this arena as this is what You have called us to do.