…work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.” Col. 3:23
Whatever I do? As in, everything? Even in the way I clean the house? Or feed the cat? Or make dinner? Or write this blog? In those things too? Surely God can’t be concerned with the minute details of how we do things, can He?
We know the answer to this; it’s in the verse. Whatever you do.
I’ve been struggling with this lately.
We’re in the middle of our last internship as house parents, and it’s been hard. It’s a service-based internship, and the idea of serving well seems as foreign to these six as their foreigner house parents are to them. It’s all about getting by, doing just enough. It seems that the words “thank you” are words this group just isn’t familiar with. There have been so many issues that we’re unsure how to bring them all up in a positive way without nagging them all the time.
Maybe you’re thinking that I’m being too harsh. They’re young, after all. This is the 21st century; perhaps I should just love them into serving well.
But this post isn’t about them. It’s about me.
About how I use their lack of perceived gratefulness/service as an excuse not to serve well myself. “Fine, if no one cares that I put time into dinner, I’ll just make Ramen Noodles (er…the Ecuadorian equivalent) next time.” And maybe they’d love it, but that’s not the point. The point is my attitude- what’s behind how I make dinner. I could give them bread and water, and if I do it joyfully and wholeheartedly, it would be enough.
Please pray. Pray that in the face of apathy, we would serve wholeheartedly. And pray for these interns. It is our hearts’ desire to see them really be transformed more into the likeness of our Savior during their time here. Please pray for wisdom for us as we guide them, to know when to speak and when to remain silent and live by example. Pray that they would not return to their homes in six weeks the same. There is still time.