And whatever you do in word or deed [work] do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Col. 3:17
Letís face it most people donít like their jobs: long hours, uncaring managers, vindictive co-workers, as well as spiteful individuals instigating chaos in the workplace. Employees feel unappreciated, unchallenged; they desire promotions and pay increases yet all to no avail. If thatís not enough, current economic turmoil and expert forecast paint a picture of doom and gloom: fewer jobs, lay-off, and pay cuts almost guaranteed with no change in site. Based on these facts, itís apparent you are stuck in this storm [job] for a dreadfully lengthy time. This is the point where uncertainty brews in oneís mind; questioning lifeís journey, God and any victim whom you feel attributed to your pain. Thereís also the option of drowning in self pity which will ultimately disconnect you from friends, family, God as well as yourself.
Most of you recall the fairy tale, Snow White and her Seven Dwarfs: Sleepy, Doc, Bashful, Sneezy Dopey, Grumpy, and Happy. Each Dwarf had a complaint or was oblivious to what was going on. In regards to work, our situation mirrors apiece of every emotion found in the Dwarfs. There are days when individuals find themselves sleepy or bored during important meetings, or Doc, who is typically an impatient ďno it allĒ who can be over bearing makes it difficult for others. Bashful is soft spoken very organized yet always pushed around making a day dreadful. Sneezy is the sweet solution for early dismissal while Grumpy, Dopey and Happy are emotions that are bundled up inside each of us and can be on the rampage in a split second at work home or at the break of some daunting task.
I donít profess to have the cure all for these aforementioned characteristics nevertheless I do believe by establishing a stronger relationship with Christ can ease the doldrums of monotonous situations. Scripture is very clear, ďwhatever you do, do it enthusiastically Col 3:23.Ē What does that mean? Despite how bad your job or life may appear, do everything with good cheer, whistle a joyful noise unto the Lord and not man or just a pay check. Godís word also elaborates that we should continue earnestly in prayer being vigilant in thanksgiving. Col 4:2.
It is clear that some Dwarfs had great excuses for not wanting to work while others found it a pleasure. When it was all said and done, no matter how each Dwarf felt they whistled while they worked. Likewise, during moments of despair find the inner strength to praise God through song, prayer and even whistling because a merry heart is like medicine but a broken spirit dries the bones. My beloved brothers and sisters be steadfast, immovable donít let the madness of a day shake you from your belief in Christ. Though the labor is hard, it is not in vain and remember, no matter how bad your situation just whistle and always anticipate a miracle!