It’s easy to work for money. It’s easy to work for prestige. It’s easy to work for power. Those are typical reasons that a lot of people work, right?
You know what doesn’t seem as easy? Working for God.
It’s not that you don’t want to, it’s just that it’s not, easy. Who wants to be the first in and last out? Who wants to constantly keep their mouth in check? Who wants to serve those they supervise? On a good day, a few people do. On a bad day, no one probably.
But God doesn’t call us to be fair weather employees anymore than He calls us to be fair weather Christians. So what do you do?
You work as unto the LORD, whether it’s easy or hard. You work for God whether you feel like it or not. You work for God no matter what, because in essence, your work for Him is all that matters.
Colossians 3:23 Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.
Well, since it’s my anniversary with WordPress, I figure I should press the keys on my laptop a bit. I’ll keep it short. Mainly because I don’t know what I’m about to say.
I enjoy writing. I enjoy seeing people read what I write. I enjoy when people comment that they enjoyed what I wrote. I enjoy when people share what I wrote. I enjoy having new followers. I enjoy the likes. Those stars at the bottom of my articles make me happy. I appreciate your support.
But there was a whole lot of I in the above paragraph. Wasn’t it?
I remember the reason I started this blog. I started off blogging because I wanted to keep up with my writings (it just seemed easier). I wanted to honor God in my writing as well. And people always said you should write a book or something. So I did both.
The point I’m getting at is that I never want to forget why I started. The most important reason I do anything is to honor God. And I just want to take this anniversary post opportunity to remind myself that the only like that matters is the one by the One who created stars.
Work Hard, Honor God
It was the first week of school and Brandon was excited about his new school year. They already had their first test scheduled for Friday. While his friends decided to talk during their free time in class, Brandon decided he would spend his working on practice problems for the test. His friends didn’t understand why he was working so hard, but Brandon had a bigger goal in mind.
Test day came and Brandon made an A on his test. When he got home that day, he looked at the scripture he had memorized over the summer. It was Ephesians 6:7, “Work with enthusiasm, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.”
You may not have a job, but right now school is your work. It may not seem important to work hard at it, but it is. God’s word commands us as His children to work hard in order to bring Him glory. It’s a new school year. For some of you, that might mean new friends, new classes, and even better, new opportunities to honor God. Work hard, not just for your teachers, not just for yourself, but for God. This year, honor God and have fun. After all, honoring God is fun.
It doesn’t take much faith to stay where you are. It has never and will never take much faith to stay the same.
Most of us claim to want to be better, yet we don’t want to change anything. I know that’s how I am. I want to be this great person, but I’ve yet to change my circumstances. I’ve yet to even try for that matter.
I’m too afraid to fail is the reason. Most people are afraid of failure. But I’ve realized that it is of no merit to be able to say I’ve never failed when I’ve never attempted anything either. Where is the honor in that reality?
God created us to be more, to want more. When we don’t, we’re just being, well failures actually. Truth is, you don’t show that you need God when you remain the same. That’s the real issue with staying where you are. You exercise your “power” and not God’s.
The only person that truly fails is the one who is too afraid to try and succeed.
Remarkably, a magazine all about you is launched. Write a letter to the editor.
Thank you for this magazine being, well, all about me, this month. I am both honored and humbled to have this wonderful opportunity.
Honored, because you chose me. Me?! Billions of people are in this world, but you chose me. Thank you so much for that.
Humbled, because I realize now that I have not used my full potential. I have been slacking off it feels. Yes, I’m grateful for my D.A.U.G.H.T.E.R.S. yearly conference for young women. I am thankful for my best-selling novels. But the questions that have plagued me as of late are, what have I done lately and where has the time gone?
Again, I thank you for this opportunity. I am so grateful to be chosen for your magazine. If I can in any way assist in making this process easier, please let me know. Just because it’s all about me doesn’t mean that I shouldn’t do anything for it. Don’t hesitate to contact me for anything.
Being a father is really hard. Not that I would know, but I’d imagine it’s difficult work. I mean, I’m a daughter, an only girl at that, and I know how difficult I am. So, it definitely doesn’t seem like an easy feat. A father is the first glimpse of what we possibly hope to grasp of God being like as a father.
When a father ruins that glimpse, he is, for some, ruining what they imagine God to be like. When you say Father to a child, they are making a connection between their Father and father. That’s really serious business.
Think about that. That’s quite the offense right there.
To misrepresent God is not good. And as true as this is for a father, it’s true for Christians period. We are supposed to be a representation of Christ in this world. And if we do anything that is not Christlike, we are misrepresenting Him. We shouldn’t be OK with that, and the fact that it seems like we have become OK with it is not good. God has given us an opportunity to represent Him, Our Creator. That honor should never be taken lightly.
2 Corinthians 5:20 (NLT)
So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!”
When I see racist people, all I can think is, do you not have anything better to do with your time? Or life? I mean, are you serious? You would use time and energy to hate God’s creations? Get a life.
I can’t be racist. It’s not God’s will and it takes too much effort to hate. It’s pure ignorance to hate people God created.
I’m showing students, “Our Friend, Martin,” which is an awesome movie about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life and his impact on the country. In the movie, there is historical footage of sit-ins and protests. With every clip, I felt something.
I was angry watching. I was hurt. I was sad. I just don’t understand how people can think that it’s OK to treat people differently just because their skin or language is different. If anything, we should rejoice in the fact that God could create so many unique individuals. We should be honored that God is so creative.
It’s sad that people look for miracles in everything else, but ignore the miracle of personhood. It’s a shame that people could see difference and see an opportunity to hate instead of love. And it’s upsetting that people choose to ignore God’s vast creativity instead of embrace it.