There are many moments in life when we drudge through our workday dragging
our feet and we don't allow ourselves to have joy in the midst of the work
that we do. What we must realize is that it is within our control how our
days will be spent. They should be spent with joy knowing that we are
alive to see this day and experience all that it has to offer us. We
should never become forgetful of how blessed and favored we truly are. We
who have work to do should be grateful for that opportunity and do our
best to improve upon what already exists. We should always strive to leave
a situation better than it was before we arrived.
Whatever our job is in life we should do it with all of our heart. We
should never allow ourselves to become lackadaisical and only give half an
effort when we know that we are able to do more. It doesn't matter what
the job is or who the job is done for, it should be done with excellence,
with precision, with maximum effort and most importantly it should be done
from our heart. We should strive to always give our all and because we do,
great results will come forth.
Be encouraged to do your job with excellence no matter what it may be and
more importantly do your job with joy and have a sense of purpose while
you are doing that job. See the importance of it, see the necessity of you
doing that job and know that because you are doing a good job, others are
benefiting from it. I encourage you again to see the purpose in your
work. Have fun with it, see how beneficial it is for yourself and for
others and make a personal declaration that you will be joyful in the
midst of the work that you are doing. When you do, you will see with
refreshed eyes how fortunate you really are.
I hope this message inspires and challenges your heart to give your all in
the work that you do and know that your contribution does make a
difference in the lives of others.
WORKING IN JOY
When I was a boy we had a wood stove that heated the house in the Winter.
Keeping that stove full was no small task. My Dad, two brothers, and I
would spend days cutting up trees on our land to fill the woodshed. It was
hard work splitting up the logs, tossing them into the back of the pickup
truck, and stacking them into cords. We never complained however. We spent
the time laughing, joking, and teasing each other. We knew that hard work
was a part of life and was best done in joy. We knew too that this hard
work would keep us warm during the long, cold Winter to come.
Putting food on our tables and heat in our homes is only a small part of
our real work in this world, though. Our greatest work here is the hearts
we touch, the good we do, and the love we share. Our hands may be able to
lift a log into a truck, but our smiles can lift another’s heart in joy.
Our arms may be able to carry a load of wood, but our kindness can help
someone carrying a heavy load in their life. Our skills and talents may be
able to make us some money, but our love, goodness, and oneness with God
can help to make this world a better place forever.
Leo Buscaglia said, “To work in love is to work in joy, to live in love is
to live in joy.” Don’t be afraid of a little hard work then. Do all of
your work in love and in joy. Work at giving, work at loving, and work at
living happily ever after, day by day and choice by choice. God put us
here to grow, to learn, to work, and to love. God put us here to find joy
in our efforts and to share love in our lives. Do all of your work with a
smile on your face, with love in your heart, with joy in your mind, and
with light in your soul. If you do so your work will become play, your life
will become joy, and God will always work through you.
By Joseph J. Mazzella
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto
thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall
direct thy paths.”
1 Peter 5:5-7 “Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder.
Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility:
for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble. Humble
yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you
in due time: Casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you.”
Romans 12:1-2 “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God,
that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God,
which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but
be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is
that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
James 1:2-5 “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers
temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire,
wanting nothing. If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth
to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.”
Psalm 37:23-26 “The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and He
delighteth in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down:
for the LORD upholdeth him with His hand. I have been young, and now am
old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging
bread. He is ever merciful, and lendeth; and his seed is blessed.”
Philippians 1:6 “Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun
a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today’s Selected Poem: WHAT'S HOPE?
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Today’s Selected Testimony: I'M AN OVERCOMER
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In Christ’s Service,
God’s Work Ministry