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Working to Honor God

Work hard and cheerfully at all you do, just as though you were working for the Lord and not merely for your masters, remembering that it is the Lord Christ who is going to pay you, giving you your full portion of all he owns. He is the one you are really working for. And if you don't do your best for him, he will pay you in a way that you won't like - for he has no special favorites who can get away with shirking. Colossians 3: 23-25 (TLB)

Jo Davis is from Missouri. When she was 13, she went to live with her aunt and uncle on their farm. One of her daily tasks was to strap a long burlap sack across her body and pick corn until the sack was full and heavy. Then while Aunt Elsie made supper, Jo sat on a stool in the kitchen, shucking and dividing the corn - some for the pigs, some for them, and some to give away. After sorting, Jo hauled the pigs' corn out and threw it over the fence to them. Jo would much rather have been with her friends - swimming, going to the movies, having fun.

Every evening before bedtime, Aunt Elsie read the Bible out loud. One evening as she read Colossians 3, the words in today's quoted verses sank in. Jo went to bed ashamed for resenting the farm work. Her relatives were generous and loving. They took her in without knowing her well. They didn't order her to do chores; they asked. They honored the Lord with their work. Jo had begun helping them out of boredom but ended up helping out of love. Jo grew to love both the work and the animals.

Jo will never forget the peace and joy she experienced on that farm. Her aunt and uncle left her with a gentle reminder that we honor God by dedicating whatever work we do to the Lord.

Prayer: Dear Father, thank you for giving us work and a purpose. Help us to do whatever you set before us with the peace and joy that only honoring you can bring, in Jesus' name. Amen.

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