With Attitude

“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God” 1 Cor 10:31

“To love what you do and feel that it matters – how could anything be more fun?” asks Katherine Graham. That’s what we all desire isn’t it? 

No matter what work we do, our attitude toward our work is vital to our basic sense of self worth. The ideal for everyone is to love the work they do and feel that it has significance. While no job is enjoyable or pleasant all the time, it is possible to derive satisfaction from what we bring to a job; the attitude with which we perform our tasks. For example, Brother Lawrence, the 17th century Carmelite, found joy in his job washing dishes at the monastery. In the monotony of his routine work he found the opportunity to focus on God and feel His presence. 

Modern day entrepreneurs Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield make and sell ice cream with a purpose. The bottom line of Ben & Jerry’s Homemade, Inc, is “How much money is left over at the end of the year?” and “How have we improved life in the community?” Leftover money goes to fund Ben & Jerry’s Foundation, which distributes funds to worthy nonprofit causes. working with a purposeThese are charities that help needy children, preserve the Amazonian rain forest, provide safe shelter for emotionally and psychologically distressed people, and fund a business staffed by unemployed homeless people. By helping others with their profits, Ben and Jerry put more meaning into their ice cream business. 

The Scriptures teach that all service ranks the same with God, because it is not what you do that matters, but the spirit in which you do it. A street sweeper who does his work to serve God and bless the people who travel on the streets is as pleasing to Him as the priest or pastor who teaches and nurtures their congregations. If you feel your work is insignificant, ask God to open your eyes! When you do all for Him and to serve others, no task is unimportant! 

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