Weekly Devotional – Being Grateful for Work

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“God, create a clean heart for me and renew a steadfast spirit within me.”   Psalm 51:10

A few weeks ago, our department’s supervisor called us into the conference room for a meeting. As we all sat down, she stood up and asked us to tell everyone what we were grateful for about our jobs so she could write it on the whiteboard. Soon the room was filled with the sound of people speaking up—and did I mention that this was a room full of introverted developers?

“Always looking out for and helping each other!”

“We get paid!”

“Innovation.”

“We get to work with a creative team.”

“Overwhelmingly positive environment.”

“Introverts are valued!”

As we started talking about all the great parts of our job, I started to realize I had a lot more to be grateful for than I was acting like. I was grateful to have a job but could grow in my attitude instead of just trying to get by.

It is good to remember we serve the Lord in our work. We follow the second of Jesus’ Great Commandments of loving our neighbor when we work in tandem with God’s purposes. We all have days that seem endless with seemingly small tasks. It’s easy to fall into the trap of negativity on those days. but when that happens, we forget the big picture: that we are bringing the Word of God to the world, even in our jobs! Even something that seems small can make a huge difference for the Lord.

“Don’t work only while being watched, in order to please men, but as slaves of Christ, do God’s will from your heart. Serve with a good attitude, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that whatever good each one does, slave or free, he will receive this back from the Lord.” (Ephesians 6:6-8, HCSB).

Paul reminds us in Ephesians 6 that we are working for the Lord, no matter what we are doing. If we stop thinking in terms of working for man, our hearts can be changed and filled with gratitude for the opportunity to work—giving us the ability to change the whole atmosphere of wherever we spend our days. Look at each day of work as a blessing from the Lord and work wholeheartedly for him.

What do you love most about your job?

Katie Cornett is an e-book development administrator at WORDsearch.

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