Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.
Do you realize how much of what you do each day matters? I am a stay at home mom. So much of my day is just a repeat of the day before. My work is often mundane and I am pretty sure the last time I folded towels, I wasn’t exactly putting all of my heart into it as if I were folding them for the Lord. But, this verse states “Whatever you do…” How can Paul make such a broad statement?
I have come to realize as I have gotten older that part of why Paul wrote this is because in our human minds, we cannot fathom how the Lord is working in our life. Often it is the small moments that make the biggest impact even though they don’t seem all that grand at the time.
We have been blessed through adoption with two amazing kiddos, our five year old, Zeke, and our three year old Ellie. We have been able to maintain an open relationship with each of their birth mothers, visiting with them a few times each year.
Last fall, Zeke’s birth mom, Mama A, gave him a pink crystal. She explained to him that it was for the moments he was thinking about her. She wanted him to hold that and remember that she thinks about him all of the time and loves him very much. As time has went on, I have seen him grab it and play with it from time to time. It means a lot to him to have something like that to physically hold when he thinks of her.
Fast forward to this summer when we met up with her again just before school started. We had a picnic at the park and spent several hours playing at the playground. There was nothing overly notable about the afternoon, or at least, until we went to leave.
We got to the car and Zeke quickly jumped into the back of the van and grabbed a leather cross necklace he had made at church camp when he was four. It was not some great masterpiece of work, but it was something that he played with often. He climbed back out of the car and handed it to Mama A. “Here, this is for you!” She expressed her gratitude and told him she would hang it on her rearview mirror so that each time she got in the car she would think of him.
Later that night, Zeke and I were talking about it. I told him I was really proud of him for giving her something that meant a lot to him. I explained to him that just like he has the pink crystal to remind him of her love, she now has something she can physically hold when she was thinking of him. His response shocked me.
“But, Mama, it will also make her think about God.”
At five years old, he is wanting to make sure his birth mom is reminded of God. I had no words to respond with.
It was nothing more than a little leather cross that he had haphazardly stamped his name on. There were scribbles of marker here and there. Each side was lined with mismatching beads. Nothing about it was notable. In the moment of him making it, I was just happy he had found something that would keep him still and out of trouble for a few minutes.
It was something very small and insignificant, but is now being used to remind someone of God.
We never know when the small things are going to become big. We do not have the capacity to understand how God works through us. This is why Paul made such a far-reaching statement.
“Whatever you do…” do it all for the Lord because He may be using it in ways you cannot yet see.
One small necklace. One big impact.
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