Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Work with all your heart.

I'm pretty sure by now that my long-time readers know about my faith, but if I'm being totally honest, some days I am not a great Christian. I sin, I fall short, I say things I shouldn't say. Sometimes I get angry at slow drivers, have a short temper with those I love most, and I question God's will for my life (more than I'd like to admit).

Another thing you should know about me is that I have a passion for photography and that Caleb and I own a business together. There was this one wedding in particular when we were first getting started that meant we would have to miss an event with friends/family. To be totally honest, I let the bitterness build up inside me that entire week leading up to it, knowing every one else had a day off to do whatever they wanted, and annoyed (even though we loved what we did) that we would spend that whole day working and on our feet, exhausted by the end of it.

Then I opened my Bible app and wouldn't you know it, I saw exactly what I needed to see. It was a much needed slap in the face. God was whispering His truth to me that morning. 

The whole version is this: Colossians 3:23-24: Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for man, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.

When I actually think about going through the motions of my day (whatever it is; work or play) and doing each and every single thing FOR THE LORD, and not for man or for myself, I can do it all with a little more joy in my heart. NOTHING that we do is insignificant. God can use you, even when you think it's "too small".

I don't care if you're...

taking photos,
flipping burgers,
typing essays,
cleaning toilets,
answering phone calls,
studying for hours
responding to emails,
making coffee,
feeding your kiddos,
driving a truck,
writing music,
making websites,
giving manicures,
scooping ice cream,
or watering plants.

What you do has significance. What you do and how you spend your time has purpose. I now go into each and every day at work, as well as weddings on the weekends, with a different perspective. The seemingly small actions that I do throughout the day is potential to serve. Like when I offer a client coffee to enjoy in our lobby while they wait for their appointment. Or on a wedding day when I help button up a brides dress, or when Caleb offers to pin all of the groomsmen's boutonnieres because no one quite knows how to properly.

IT ALL MATTERS. No matter how small it may seem in the moment, God can use you. You can spread joy in any situation. Give it a try :) I hope this encouraged you today to see that you are part of something bigger than yourself.

12 comments:

  1. There is a great book I read recently all about this concept of how everything we do for work is important to God's kingdom and His work here on earth and also about the importance of resting in Him. It's called "Garden City" by John Mark Comer and I think you would really like it! :)

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  2. I love this so so much. I think about that verse a lot, because I'm so prone to wanting to take short cuts, especially when the days are so long and exhausting.

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  3. I love this SO much. I think about this verse often. Thanks for putting it into perspective for me today.

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  4. This is a great post and is a great reminder to me!

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  5. Amen girl! What a great reminder, something I need to remind myself of more often.

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  6. Love this, and needed this reminder! :) Sometimes when I'm scrubbing toilets or cleaning the fridge, I remind myself to "do small things with great love!"

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  7. Ah thanks for the reminder! Love this.

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  8. This is such a great reminder! I have a daily devotion app that I don't use as vigilantly as I should anymore but sometimes when I do open it to seems to be exactly what I needed.

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  9. I already love you but girl, you are speaking to me this morning. I have to say that there are moments when I feel like I'm not doing anything with my life. But of course I am... it's just doubt and the itch for more. Raising tiny humans is hardwork and while some days I have those same bitter feelings you do, I know that what I do - stay at home Mom - is Godly work. I mean... after all this, I'm sure to be a Saint ;)

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  10. GIRL. This post is spot on! Thank YOU for this reminder!!!! I often get caught up in the mindset that my role at my job is meaningless and have a huge pity party of one, but then I think of how lucky I am for my job and to work for a great company. I definitely need to come back and read this post whenever I am feeling that way! Happy Wednesday!!!!

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  11. I literally just sent this verse to my husband today, while he was at work, as a reminder of who he's working for, in the midst of a rough couple weeks. How neat that you wrote about the same exact verse, today. God is good!! XOXOX

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    1. Ah! How cool!? I don't believe that's a coincidence! God IS so good! :) Have a good day, girl!

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