My meat is to do the will of Him that sent me and to finish His work. – John 4:34
When I worked in an office everyone called Wednesday – hump day, referring to making it over the hump for the week. In some ways it implied that work was just that – work, and not something we derived pleasure. I suspect all of us from time to time have felt that their job was tedious, insignificant, or boring. During Lent we realize that no task, no job is insignificant if it serves God’s purpose. Ask yourself if your task benefits another or serves to make life better for someone. I think employers miss this point way too often; assigning tasks to their employees without showing how important each task, each function, and each job is critical to providing their customers a benefit.
I learned this lesson on sabbatical living with five other men in a cubicle no bigger than 7’ X 11’ with six lockers and three bunk beds. If we didn’t keep our space spotless we made our cubemates miserable. No job was insignificant when it came to keeping our space clean. Like a speck of sand in an oyster can become an irritant, so could a cookie crumb in a small living space. Just think when one’s real occupation is evidently higher and wider in scope than keeping a cube spotless, and instead you have brothers, sisters, family and neighbors who are dependent on you to do your work. Don’t you have a duty to go about your tasks with all your might, worth, and constancy?
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