Three of our grandsons helped load fire wood Saturday as part of Cullowhee Methodist Church’s service to the elderly in Jackson County. Volunteers cut wood, split wood, load the wood on trucks, and deliver it to folks all over the county.
What a blessing!
It is a blessing to those who receive wood, and it was certainly timely with the cold snap we are experiencing. But, it is a great blessing to all who work serving as well. I was so pleased to see four generations of folks represented among the volunteers.
Serving has no age limits.
Which leads me to the purpose of this post – good work.
Work can have a negative connotation for our children and grandchildren. “I have a job for you” is a statement that is often met with wails of distress from children who would rather be playing, reading, using an electronic device – anything but work. That same statement, “I have a job for you”, has a totally different response from someone who has been out of work and is LOOKING for a job.
Meaningful work is very important for us as humans. It gives us a reason to get out of bed each morning. We need a purpose.
In Ephesians 2:8-10 Paul is explaining to the Church that we are not saved by the works we do, yet God does have work for us to do.
8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
God has prepared good work for each of us! Our attitude toward work is an example to our children and grandchildren.
- are we thankful for our job?
- do we see our job as a way to serve others, or just for a paycheck?
- do we do our best at work, or just enough to get by?
- are we honest, faithful, and joyful at work?
Working alongside our children and grandchildren is the best way to show them the blessing of work. These boys have worked with their Mom and Dad in the Hope Garden, a community garden which helps those in need.
Good work can be fun, especially when done together. Milkshakes afterward don’t hurt….