Day 25 - Work with Heart

 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord...

Being a number of days behind on my 31 day writing challenge I was tempted to forfeit the series altogether, when it occurred to me: nothing about the walk with Christ is ever forfeit. We don't take a day off in the life of faith or get disqualified from the race just because of a few interruptions.

Paul was our perfect example of this as he faithfully persevered under persecution, trial, and storm on his way to Rome. He had his eye ever focused on the upward call of God. It seems a rather lofty comparison to make in regard to my humble blogging challenge...But it reminds me that whatever it is God has called me to it is a holy endeavor.

When I was in high school, I participated in much of the campus life such as marching band, drill team, and academic clubs. My free time had a thin margin and I kept very busy participating in these positive outlets. That was good for me because, as is common for teens, I tended to wander into mischief otherwise. To show for my participation I lettered in a few of my activities; so my folks bought me a letterman jacket. On the back of the jacket I had monogrammed the verse Colossians 3:17 to remind myself why I was able to do any of those good things. Sure they were achievements to be proud of, but I wanted to remember that they were gifts from God. We are all given the gift of our work, talents for our labor, that we can use to glorify God with our lives.
Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father. (Col 3:17)
In reading the story of creation in Genesis 2, I love the part that specifically states that no plants had grown up from the earth yet because there was not yet a man to cultivate the ground. So God made a man, Adam, and placed him very strategically in the garden we know as Eden. Adam's job, the work which God gifted him to do, was to tend and cultivate the garden. I love that! Adam was given the gift of work, and you can be sure that God endowed him with everything that he needed to do that very special task on the earth. It brought glory to his Maker.

So how about you, what work are you gifted with? Do you write? Let your words be go forth to further the gospel. Do you sing? Let your song bring others into worship. Do you cook? Let it bless others to taste and see that the Lord is good. Let everything you do be as if you are working for the Lord. See it as an opportunity to reawaken to this moment, to do and to be all God has called you to today.

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Day 24 - Tune My Heart

Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing

The United Methodist Hymnal Number 400
Text: Robert Robinson, 1735-1790
Music: Wyeth's Repository of Sacred Music, Part Second
Tune: NETTLETON, Meter: 87.87 D

1. Come, thou Fount of every blessing,
tune my heart to sing thy grace;
streams of mercy, never ceasing,
call for songs of loudest praise.
Teach me some melodious sonnet,
sung by flaming tongues above.
Praise the mount! I'm fixed upon it,
mount of thy redeeming love.

2. Here I raise mine Ebenezer;
hither by thy help I'm come;
and I hope, by thy good pleasure,
safely to arrive at home.
Jesus sought me when a stranger,
wandering from the fold of God;
he, to rescue me from danger,
interposed his precious blood.

3. O to grace how great a debtor
daily I'm constrained to be!
Let thy goodness, like a fetter,
bind my wandering heart to thee.
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,
prone to leave the God I love;
here's my heart, O take and seal it,
seal it for thy courts above.