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Topic: Work (07/27/06)
- TITLE: Is It Friday Yet?
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The irritating pitch of my alarm jolts me awake. Leaping from the bed, I run across the room to turn off the offending noise. It’s 5:30 a.m., Monday. I sigh and head for the bathroom to get ready for work. The weekend is never long enough.
Monday morning rush hour, oh joy. I maneuver my vehicle amongst the interstate raceway until I’m in the lane I need and set my cruise control. Ignoring the bully on my tail, I turn up the radio and try losing myself in the sweet sounds of “Amazing Grace.” Somehow I make it to work without getting killed and I thank the Lord.
Turning on my computer, I take a long drink of coffee and consider my workload. One coworker in misery pops his head over the cube and recites our daily mantra, “Is it Friday yet?” We laugh as we start yet another week of work.
And so it goes, day after day, the same job, the same faces, and the same boring work. I cannot help but wonder if I will ever see the end of it. Every week begins the same; I find myself wishing it away, only to have the weekend fly by and before I know it, it’s Monday again.
Feeling deflated at the meaninglessness of my job I pray, “Please, Dear Lord Jesus, what would you have me do? Isn’t there something I can do that makes a difference? My work has no meaning, it helps no one. How can I glorify you with this job?”
Open your bible. I sigh and thumb through the pages of the well-worn text. A familiar verse catches my attention, “Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him, to God the Father” (Col. 3:17). But I do give thanks. I pray every morning, thanking the Lord for everything he has given me.
Do you, truly? I can hear your words; should I able to decipher from your actions you are thankful for everything I have given you? Are your face and your attitude at work that of one who is thankful?
I hang my head in shame and think about Jesus, whose very food was “to do the will of Him who sent Me and to accomplish His work” (John 4:34). He never complained, even knowing that his work here on earth would end in his dying on the cross. His heart and mind were ever concentrated on the will of the father and he never swayed from his purpose until he could say, “’I glorified You on the earth, having accomplished the work which You have given Me to do’” (John 17:4).
Understanding dawns and I realize that my willingness to be used for my Lord’s glory has been based on my own satisfaction rather than my love for Him. I close my eyes again in prayer, thanking Him for this humbling lesson, knowing I’m forgiven.
It won’t become easier, I know. I’ll still have to rise early and fight the traffic, just to do the same thing every day. But with this new understanding I pray that the Lord will help me to continue to surrender my will to His, to allow Him to use me in whatever way He will, wherever I am, whatever I’m doing.
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