Today I picked your dirty socks up off the living room floor. I wiped up the crumbs you left on the kitchen counter and packed your lunch. I drove you to school and told you I loved you. I bought your favorite foods at the grocery store and smiled at the grumpy clerk.
I did my best at work for you and didn’t even roll my eyes when you-know-who rambled on and on about her health issues. I mopped the kitchen floor, folded the laundry, and grilled steaks (even though I’d rather have chicken). I let you have the remote and didn’t complain when you flipped through the channels during the commercials.
All in all it was a very busy day. And I did it all for you.
Truth time – I started this mental letter to God a few weeks ago on an aggravating hectic school morning. One child was complaining non-stop while I had to drag another out of bed … literally. The third sprawled in a living room chair surrounded by breakfast dishes and dirty socks from the day before. As my blood pressure and stress rose, I was reminded of something Paul wrote to the church at Colosse.
“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him … Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” (Colossians 3:17, 23-24 NIV)
Whatever you do. Picking up dirty socks. Watching TV. Fixing dinner. Giving a presentation. Listening to a friend. Snuggling with a child. Biting your tongue instead of complaining. Whatever you do or say, do it well as though working for God Himself.
And when payday arrives, know that God rewards those who served Him well.
What about you? What did you do as work for God today? Do you sometimes forget there is a payday coming? Would that help make some tasks easier to face?