God at Work

Somewhere a nurse is getting yelled at because the meds are late. A patient is throwing up on one. Another is missing their family because they are taking care of yours. Somewhere a nurse is saving a life or comforting the dying.

I’ve had more than my share of nursing care and so I appreciate nurses more than most people. However, somewhere an accountant is burning the midnight oil because his client delivered receipts in a shoe box. An Olympic athlete pants her way through a three-hour training session. A farmer is milking unruly cattle.  A clerk is praying for a day with at least one polite customer. Which job is the worst?

Are we grateful to have a job? That means also being grateful for the nasty bits.

Acts 9:16-now I'm about to show him what he's in for—the hard suffering that goes with this job.”(MSG)

While the job may not be what we like, there is always a perk. God is with us.   

1 Samuel 10:7b- Whatever job you're given to do, do it. God is with you! (MSG)

Ecclesiastes 5:18-20-After looking at the way things are on this earth, here's what I've decided is the best way to live: Take care of yourself, have a good time, and make the most of whatever job you have for as long as God gives you life. And that's about it. That's the human lot. Yes, we should make the most of what God gives, both the bounty and the capacity to enjoy it, accepting what's given and delighting in the work. It's God's gift! God deals out joy in the present, the now. It's useless to brood over how long we might live (MSG).

Like that old hymn says….Whatever my lot, he has taught me to say, it is well. It is well with my soul!

Matthew 24:45-Who here qualifies for the job of overseeing the kitchen? A person the Master can depend on to feed the workers on time each day. Someone the Master can drop in on unannounced and always find him doing his job. A God-blessed man or woman, I tell you. It won't be long before the Master will put this person in charge of the whole operation (MSG).

Prayer: God, whenever we’re tempted to job whine, remind us to be grateful that we have one. Amen.

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