Do It For Jesus

There are things that none of us want to do... But we have to.

There are things that we are asked to do and don't want to... But we have to.

There has been a huge movement towards the lifestyle of "being your own boss" (#girlboss). I love small business. I love to support small businesses. They are the symbol of freedom and chasing down dreams. But the reality is, whether you work for yourself or for someone else, there will be things you have to do even if you don't want to do them. 

I don't know if anyone can understand this concept better than a parent. There are PLENTY of things parents don't want to do, but have to. Mid-night wake up calls and feedings. Cleaning up diapers and running noses, among other things. Chaos, quarrels, and administering discipline. And those unwanted responsibilities don't fade at different stages of parenthood, they just change.

It may be at the request of a client, a co-worker, a family member, your boss, a neighbor, a friend, a partner... plenty of people make requests of you, be it your time or otherwise. I can say there have been times when I have been asked to do something and just want to roll my eyes and respond with a firm "no." But I don't. I may mentally respond in that way, but in reality I give a "sure, no problem," kind of response.

We will all be asked to do things we don't want to do. We will all be asked to do things we don't think are necessary or important, which can be the most frustrating type of request for me personally. But we must do them anyways. Not begrudgingly, as I alluded to before, but joyfully. As I said, I can pull through and meet a need, but the way I get there may not be with the most willing or loving heart. But the truth is, the attitude in which we serve matters. The way we work may even be more important than the work we do. Why? Because who we are working for.

Work with enthusiasm, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.
Ephesians 6:7

Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and that the Master you are serving is Christ.
Colossians 3:23-24

With those two scriptures in mind, work ethic and work attitude is revolutionized. All of those ridiculous tasks are no longer so ridiculous. The annoyance that creeps in when asked to do something outside of your job description is silenced. It is no longer just about getting a task done, but doing it to our best ability and with a joyful heart. Why? Because we aren't working for our boss or our clients or our kids, we are working for our Lord.

I have been meditating on these verses. Anytime I get frustrated I remind myself, "I am doing it for Jesus.... I am doing it for Jesus." I challenge you to do the same. And mom, when you feel like you have done the last load of laundry you can manage, remind yourself, "I am doing this for Jesus." When you think you can't take another whining request, remind yourself, "I am doing this for Jesus." 

It may not change anything at work or at home, but it will change you. It will transform your heart and revolutionize the way you work. It isn't about working anymore, it is only about serving. Serving God.

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