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Friday, August 29, 2008

Working with a Smile… By Renee Burt


Fresh Manna 2008© by Pastor Tim Burt

Have you ever worked really hard at something, but no one even acknowledges how hard you worked? But then someone else puts in about half the effort you did, but because they let everyone know how hard they think they worked, they wind up getting everyone's thanks and appreciation? When I used to work in the airlines, I think that was my biggest pet peeve. I believed what the Bible says about not tooting your own horn, but it seemed like if anyone was ever going to notice my hard work, I'd have to do SOMETHING! I was tempted to work less (like my complaining coworkers) and to make sure I looked like I was worn out from all the hard work I was doing...so even if I didn't say anything, they could take one look at me, see hard rough I had it, and appreciate me. Well, that lasted all of about a day, because the Lord reminded me of today's verses. So I got right back to working hard...for Him...and when you know that He sees what you do, and you know you have HIS approval, that can't help but put a smile back on your face!

Ephesians 6:6-7 MSG ~ Don't just do what you have to do to get by, but work heartily, as Christ's servants doing what God wants you to do. And work with a smile on your face, always keeping in mind that no matter who happens to be giving the orders, you're really serving God.

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