“And whatever you do, in work or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through God the Father through Him.” Colossians 3:17
I was walking through the aisles of my local supermarket, running my errands. I walked down one of the frozen food aisles and noticed two exasperated employees (one clerk and one store manager). They were looking at one of the cases talking about how terrible it looked. The clerk told the manager, “I called this vendor and spoke with the person that stocked this section, explaining how terrible it looked and how many complaints I had received. He basically told me he didn’t care. He said he would go tell his supervisor. The vendor responded, ‘go ahead!’” The manager looked shocked and I could see him getting very upset. He said to the clerk, “Please give me their contact person and I will make them care.” The clerk didn’t seem positive and he said, “I hope so, but don’t hold your breath.”
I am not sure when we as a society started to not care about doing the job right. We fill our schedules with more than we can handle and then do everything in a hurry to finish. Many just coast through the day because they hate their current job and hope no one notices what was not accomplished and figure they can just deal with it. I notice that with my own life. I just don’t want to do piles of laundry or clean dirty floors. I would rather watch a movie or day dream. But those errands won’t go away, our responsibilities won’t become someone else’s deal. I noticed when I cared about something, I did a great job. I made sure I followed through, I took care of it. If we look at all of our responsibilities as if we are to please God when we pursue and accomplish them, we definitely would do a better job and put our heart into it. This does not have to be perfect, because it never will be, but to be done in a way that showed we cared. So when you face that pile of laundry, give thanks you do not have to beat it on a rock down by the river and that your family is clothed. When I re-examined my time spent, I could do the important tasks better. I began to discard items (clutter) that I did not need and tasks that were truly are unnecessary (I took a break from social media and other time suckers). Let’s try to bring back caring about doing the job well again and focus on what truly matters, pleasing the Lord.
“Dear Heavenly Father, forgive our laziness. Help us manage our time and efforts better. Remind us what should be a priority. Fill any void in our lives with your promises instead. Show us what we need to remove in our lives that is keeping us from giving full attention to what really matters. When we have to do the necessary but mundane daily tasks, give us direction and help us find joy in everything we do. In Jesus’ Name. AMEN!”