Observe people who are good at their work – skilled workers are always in demand and admired; they don’t take a back seat to anyone.(Proverbs 22:29, the Message)
After a recent gym session, I noticed a cleaning worker in the changing room. To be honest, I almost missed him until I heard a sigh, followed by someone talking to himself. Something stirred in me, so I said to the cleaner, “Thanks for doing this.” Somewhat surprised, he responded, “Thanks! It’s nice to be appreciated!”
I wonder how many working people we run into on a daily basis. How often would anyone pause and thank them for what they do? It’s more than likely that only a small minority of people would actually hear the words, “Thank you!” Yet, we know that deep down everyone wants to be appreciated.
Christians love to encourage each other with Paul’s words to the Colossians: “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men” (Col 3:23). Yes, we’re obliged to do a good job. We may not always get a pat on the back. Worse, we might end up feeling used and abused. But scripture points us to the One in heaven from whom we will receive our commendation one day. As long as we’re in the marketplace, we are all representatives of Jesus, On His Majesty’s Service, serving the King in our respective industries.
Brothers and sisters, let us do our jobs diligently. Let us also take every opportunity to thank our coworkers, service staff, and all those nameless workers that come our way each day. “Thank you!” Two simple words that could make someone’s day, even change a person’s life.
Reflect on your attitude toward work: Do you give your best in everything you do? Do you put in a fair day’s effort for a fair day’s pay? Do you strive for perfection in order to stay employed? Are you frustrated, but feel that you must grin and bear it?
How does Jesus see your situation? Does he understand? Try telling him what’s deep in your heart.
Starting today, pay attention to your coworkers, people who serve you in restaurants and shops, as well as workers you’ve never met before – cleaners, postal workers, police officers. Whenever possible, say, “Thanks for doing this!”
Take note of what you learn and feel. Write out your response prayers.
“Father, thank you for making me a representative of Jesus! I acknowledge that I’m no ordinary worker, not even an ordinary boss. I am in the service of Jesus my King! Renew my attitude toward daily work. Help me bless other workers daily through words of appreciation. Amen.”