Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.
Work for God, not men.
Live for God, not men.
Get rewarded by God, not men.
I write part of this verse at the top of Isaiah's school chart each week.
Work is done to please Jesus.
I once read a book about a surgeon who prayed continually while he operated on his patients. His work became an act of praise. That story along with this verse inspired me to turn the tasks of my day into acts of worship. It has been a process and a struggle to stay centered, but when I'm scrubbing floors, waking up in the middle of the night to help a child get to the potty, or whatever I'm doing, I want to do it as working for the Lord. That way it counts.
How do I inspire this in my children?
I want to motivate my children with Jesus and only Jesus. We try our best in school because we want to use our minds to bring glory to Jesus. We make our beds and fold our napkins as a way of serving others and thus we serve Jesus. Breaking myself of secular motivational techniques (such as working for worldly esteem or working for money) has not "demotivated" my children as I had feared. Instead, they are being trained by it and I believe it will help them seek God's kingdom all the more fervently.
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Christine Fields includes many helpful ways of teaching children life skills. But what I like most about this book, is her inspiration for work.
"We serve each other in this family. And we can seek to impress upon them that when we serve one another in the home, we are serving fellow members of Christ's Kingdom."
Isaiah and I read this book at the beginning of school last year. Even though it is written to young men, I think I learned more from it than he did. For one, it impressed upon me the reason we don't burn bridges and always humble ourselves in altercations. Too, he explains the blessing of hard work. We are not living happy contented lives if we spend our days in pursuit of carnal pleasure.
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