A thought by Mark Batterson, (2015-10-06) from his book, If: Trading Your If Only Regrets for God's What If Possibilities (Kindle Locations 3205-3206). Baker Publishing Group. Kindle Edition. (Click on the title to go to Amazon.com to buy the book.)
Today is the Monday after the long Thanksgiving Day weekend and this is the day that many of you go back to work and to many this would be called Black Monday. They really enjoyed the time off and they just don’t want to go back to work. Do you feel that way?
Mark quotes Martin Luther King who says something very meaningful about our work. He says, “If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven will pause to say, ‘Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.’”
We are headed into the celebration of Christ’s birth. Every birthday people who are friends or family of the person whose bd it is usually give them gifts. Christ’s bd is a celebration of the gifts he has given us and one of his greatest gifts he has given you is your job. So one of your gifts to him could be to do the best you can do in your job. Be thankful for it, yes, but then do the best you can do so he looks good.
Mark says, “I know a great street sweeper. Her name is Val, and she is a custodian who cleans like it’s nobody’s business but God’s. She inscribed SDG on her mop handle, just like Johann Sebastian Bach did on his symphonies. It stands for Soli Deo Gloria. It’s a reminder that she cleans for the glory of God.”
So how is your job going today?