August 1, 2006

Are you working with enthusiasm?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Michael Wright @ 8:36 pm

The Apostle Paul tells us in Colossians 3:23-24, “Whatever you do, do it enthusiastically, as something done for the Lord and not for men, knowing that you will receive the reward of an inheritance from the Lord – you serve the Lord Christ.” (HCSB)

In a very practical sense, I find this passage of scripture hard to live up to! Is it really possible to enthusiastically clean a toilet, or pull weeds when it is 100 degrees outside? What about the part of your job that you absolutely hate? Probably everyone has at least five or ten percent of your job that you just really don’t enjoy doing. We should always do our best – at everything we do – but especially when we are doing that which we really dislike we should not only do our best but also try praising God while we work. Snow White taught the Seven Dwarfs to “whistle while they work” but I suggest we try “praising Him while we work.”

For example: try praising God for a toilet to clean, or how about thanking God for a garden (in which to pull weeds), or thank Him for a house to clean. What about the wonderful task called laundry? Yes, it is hard to do laundry and iron, week after week, but thank God we have clothes to wear (and get dirty).

I like this quote by Nicholas Herman in his book, The Practice of the Presence of God: “The time of business does not with me differ from the time of prayer…in the noise and clatter of my kitchen while several persons are a the same time calling for different things, I possess God in as great tranquility as if I were upon my knees…We ought not to be weary of doing little things, for God regards not the greatness of the work but the love with which it is performed.”

Wow!! That is powerful…if you really stop and let it soak in. This idea ought to give you a new appreciation for the work you have to do and give you a desire to do it enthusiastically!


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