A couple of weeks ago, I was reading my Bible and a verse that I've read about a hundred times suddenly stuck out to me. (Isn't it amazing that the Word is LIVING and is fresh every time???)
Colossians 3:23 "Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men."
After reading this, I sat wondering, "Am I really doing my work 'heartily'??" I think this verse can apply in so many areas of my life. The most obvious is that I am a stay-at-home mom. It's easy to get slack when it's just Jonah and me at home by ourselves every day. I take pride in our house, but there are certain jobs I HATE doing (folding laundry and sweeping floors are the death of me). Housework becomes monotonous VERY quickly. And it doesn't help that Jay probably wouldn't notice if I just stopped doing housework for a month!
When I am procrastinating or wishing a certain chore would just go away, I remind myself that this is my work. And if I am devoting my work to the Lord, I want Him to be pleased. Yes, I want to please Jay, but pleasing God is even more important (and a greater motivator). This verse also applies in our marriage relationship, in my role as a pastor's wife, and in my responsibility as a parent. Several times a day I find myself saying, "Am I cleaning this bathroom/dusting/picking up the BEST that I can?" "Am I showing Jonah the love that God would want me to show him?" "Did my words glorify God in that conversation with so-and-so?" "Did I put Jay's wants above my own?" I am trying to find joy in striving to please God and my husband by taking pride in this new life of mine. There will always be obstacles to overcome and sacrifices I will have to make, but this verse has given me a little jolt of motivation to consider my motives and my heart. I pray I will challenge myself to "work heartily, as for the Lord."