My very favorite niece advised me to keep posts short. Perceiver of Truth will tell you that if you want a quick answer, don’t go to mom. If you want to sit down, savor a conversation, talk detail, then I’m the go-to mom. There’s a sign on my porch that says, “Sit Long. Talk Much.” At 40, I learned to love who God made me to be. “Sit Long. Talk Much”–that’s me.
I did shorten my last piece. Really! I did. Today’s post is the edited portion from “Whatever You do, Do with All Your Might.” I really did try to sit long, post little.
Let’s finish my discussion on working. Instilling a great work ethic in our children gives them wings to soar. Let me be very clear here. I am not saying that I have successfully instilled a great work ethic in my children. It is a work in progress. I don’t know if what I’m doing is right. All I know is that I have to step forward in faith one day at a time, make the best decisions with the information I have, and plant seeds-verbally, through my example, and what I culturally bring into our sphere.
However, I want to take “Working with All Your Might” two steps further. First, we need to define work. Work is any task to which hands are put.
Work comes in at least 2 categories; tasks that are a chore: a burden, grind, trail. It is part of the rat race, not who we are or how we define ourselves. Chores are defined as unstimulating, demeaning, trash-talking opportunities accompanied by a little whine. After all, chores are “not who we are.”
Work can also be a “career” or a hobby by which we define ourselves, like a badge that boasts of talent, work ethic, success. Can you say “Career” and not smile? Or think the name of your hobby and not eagerly anticipate?
Biblically, there is no differentiation between chore, career, or hobby. We are encouraged to do our best, to work with all our might.
Not only does God want us to work with all our might at whatever we happento be do, but He wants our work to be praise:
“In all that you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord and not for me”(Colossians 3:23)
Able offered the firstborn of his flock-considered the best he had to offer (Genesis 4:4). Second-best offerings resulted in punishment, a lack of favor.
Abraham offered to sacrifice the desire of his heart, his dream (Genesis: 22). Sacrificial offerings were never second best. God offered his perfect son. He didn’t change the rules of sacrificial offering for Him–He was the example for us to follow.
We have only ourselves to offer God. That part of ourselves includes the work of our hands, hands dipped in the kitchen sink, folding laundry, fingers typing words of encouragement or relating a hilarious story, hands driving, or creating beautiful cards, scrapbooks, delicious recipes, weeding the walkway, rubbing lotion on poison ivy.
How can work be a trudge when we are offering that work as praise? Does that change what you think about your “chores?” While sitting here typing, my kitchen says, “No–there’s definitely no work as praise going on in here right now.” The laundry room–imagine my laundry–instead of saying, “It’s a curse” (remember, what you speak is what you get) “I’m going to walk the talk this next week.
Doing my best for God!. It might not be perfect, but I’m going to try my best at whatever I turn my hand to as a gift to God saying, “Thank You for all You have done for me.”
Maybe I will develop a better example for my sons to follow. Maybe that is how to successfully plant a strong work ethic in my sons!
Special thanks to Mummy McTavish for posting a note. Her comment gave me the encouragement I needed to complete my discussion. Visit her at samster-dot-com.blogspot.com.
*I would have taken pictures of my kitchen, but my camera is packed for our BIG MOVE this weekend to a whole new frontier!