I’ve had this quote, verse, and short story (from an unknown devotional book) hanging next to my desk in every classroom I’ve taught in over the years. It has served as a great reminder for me to ‘check’ my motives, my heart, and my priorities in everything I do.
As 2013 is now in full swing, and I can actually find my desk (as all our moving boxes are unpacked), I wanted to share this little piece of encouragement with you as you set your New Years goals in motion. I have been spending time in prayer and planning as I begin to ask the Lord what he has in store for Cheerios and Lattes in 2013 and I can’t wait to begin to share with you some of these ideas in the upcoming weeks and months!
It is not what a man does that determines
whether his work is sacred or secular,
it is WHY he does it.
Whatever you do, work at it with all your hearts, as working for the Lord, not for men….
It is the Lord Christ you are serving.
Colossians 2:23,24 (NIV)
Legend has it that a missionary was swept overboard while traveling on very high and rough seas, and was subsequently washed up on a beach at the edge of a remote native village. Nearly dead from exposure and lack of food and fresh water, he was found by the people of the village and nursed back to health. He lived among them for twenty years, quietly adapting to their culture and working alongside them. He preached no sermons, and made no personal faith claim. He neither read nor recited Scripture to them.
But… when people were sick, he sat with them, sometimes all night. When people were hungry, he fed them. When people were lonely, he gave a listening ear. He taught the ignorant and always took the side of the one who had been wronged.
The day came when missionaries entered this village and began talking to the people about a man named Jesus. After listening for awhile to their story, the native people began insisting that Jesus had already been living in their village for many years. “Come,” one of them said, “we’ll introduce you to Him.” The missionaries were led to a hut where they found their long-lost companion!
Why we work always determines HOW we live.