Today I was able to set up shop in one of our local coffee shops after a meeting and do some writing. This new role of writing a book is still an odd thing to me. So, I decided today I should work at it from somewhere other than my home office. I was diligently trying to put the finishing touches on a chapter so I could ask my writing group (yeah, I know… I am in one of them. Who would have thought!) anyway… ask them to critique it.
I thought I was just about done with it. And then God made me pause. I was writing about a verse that I am passionate about:
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters…” Colossians 3:23
What does that mean. Good thing for Google and the Merriam Webster Dictionary.
Definition of EVERYTHING
1a: all that exists
b: all that relates to the subject
2: all that is important <you mean everything to me
3: all sorts of other things —used to indicate related but unspecified events, facts, or conditions <all the pains and colds and everything— E. B. White
WOW…. that about covers it all. I was pretty reflective on that. The website had a place to comment why you were looking up that word. I was somewhat shocked to see a secular website have 6 of the 9 comments included God and several included scripture. You know I could resist looking up some of the quoted scriptures that sent others searching.
That’s when I found this…
12 So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets. Matthew 7:12
Yep… the golden rule. Maybe I’m just a bit odd, but isn’t it just like God to fit them together so perfectly. In everything you do, work at it as if working for the Lord, and by the way, in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you.
In the context of my book, this means that when we are at work, and we are living out an authentic christian lifestyle and being real, then we do everything for God, and as we are doing that, we are doing to others as we would have done to us. Hmmm…. Here’s my take away.
Regardless of your status or position, regardless of where you work, or what you do, you are to do it as if Jesus was right there with you and he was your boss (Cuz ultimately, he is!) and you are to treat co-workers with the same dignity and respect and love that you would ultimately like shown to you. (Yes, co-workers includes your boss and the owners:-)
I’m still letting this settle in and process a bit. On the surface, it sounds overly simplified. Almost like – well yeah, duh…. BUT THEN…. why don’t more of us do it? Why don’t we act that way, and why can’t we come up with a list of people a mile long (or at least a church directory full) that do it? And all words aside, how do we do this practically?
I’d LOVE your input and comments on this… What resonates with you? How do you do this? How have you seen others do this?