Weekends, especially long ones, such as the one we just had in the United Kingdom are very enjoyable. Spending time with family and friends is an important ingredient of a balanced life.
However, we must not live for the weekends only, and hinder God’s desire to bless us in the work that we do, that which occupies most of our days and adult life.
Work is a gift from God; it is given to us for our enjoyment and blessing. That is what the Preacher tells in Ecclesiastes 3:13 above.
I know some might think it is difficult to enjoy the work that they do. They would say “You don’t know my boss, he / she is a direct descendant of satan himself, so how can I enjoy myself whilst working under him / her?” Yes, I will not deny it, some people are quite difficult to work for and with. They do their best to snuff the life out of anything, including the workers! Also, I understand that some jobs might not be what we want them to be, or what we dreamt ourselves doing, for example, working under some dark kitchen sink or cleaning up muck!
However, spare a thought for those standing in an unemployment queue. Have you ever known anyone who feels genuinely happy or deliriously elated at the fact that they have been reduced to begging for money to survive, to feed their family and pay the rent?
Thus, for those who find themselves in a job, today, I encourage you to remember to thank God for it. Be it in a factory line, under a sink, or outside in the pouring rain, whilst to, at and from work, remember to thank God for the job that you have. It might not be your ideal job, but God takes us from glory to glory. You might be passing through this job to the better one God has in store for you.
In thanking God, be wise to know that you are blessed. Therefore whatever you find yourself doing, do it to the glory of God as we are encouraged in Colossians 3:23 which reads "Whatever may be your task, work at it heartily (from the soul), as [something done] for the Lord and not for men.."
Regardless of the work we are doing let our attitudes be that of thanksgiving and praise. Such an attitude towards work and at work is infectious, it will influence others. It can bring about a transformation in your work place, in the environment and the people, including the mean boss.
So today, I encourage you that regardless of the work you are doing, see your work as God’s gift. Some will gladly trade places with you. See your work as an opportunity, enjoy the privilege of working and see it as part of living for Him.
In so doing, you will be further encouraged and will have tremendous anticipation for every day and not just some days – like the weekends or bank holidays.
I encourage you to be diligent in whatever you do; making God famous along your way.
Much Love, Remi
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