Wednesday, June 18, 2008

What are you doing today?

Good morning, Dear Friends and Prayer Partners! This is the warm, humid day that the Lord has made and we will rejoice and be glad in it! When I stepped outside earlier, I was struck by the sauna-like feel of the air. 80 degrees at 6 AM is not cool!

However it could be worse... when I think of the people in the Midwest suffering in the floods , I am thankful for whatever the weather is here.

On our way out of the Park yesterday, I saw a brown bunny nibbling on the grass, and close beside it, a strange looking raccoon came out of the bushes and went right back in. Strange looking because it was brownish in color and not like the other raccoons. I once saw an albino raccoon before 7 AM when I was able to walk there early in the morning. It was so weird looking I stayed by the car, while it disappeared. There are all kinds of critters in them thar bushes! God is good!

From Quiet Moments with God for Teachers:

What are You doing today?
Praise the Lord all you gentiles!
Laud him, all you peoples! For
his merciful kindness is great
toward us and the truth of
the Lord endures forever.
Psalm 117:1,2

In the Middle ages a man was sent to a building site in France to see how the workers felt about their labor. He approached the first worker and asked, "What are you doing?"

The worker snapped at him, "Are you blind? I'm cutting these impossible boulders with primitive tools and putting them together the way the boss tells me. I'm sweating under this hot sun. My back is breaking. I'm bored. I make next to nothing!"

The man quickly backed away and found a second worker to whom he asked the same question, "What are you doing?"

The second worker replied, "I'm shaping these boulders into usable forms. then they are put together according to the architect's plans. I earn five francs a week, and that supports my wife and family. It's a job. Could be worse."

A little encouraged but not overwhelmed by this response, the man went to yet a third worker. "What are you doing? he asked.

Why can't you see?" the worker said as he lifted his arm to the sky. "I'm building a cathedral!"

How we regard our work may not affect whether a task gets done or not. It will, however, have an impact on the quality of our work and our productivity. Those who see value in their jobs enjoy a greater sense of purpose.

Any job can be done with grace, dignity, style, and purpose; you only have to choose to see it that way!

If your daily life seems poor;
do not blame it;
blame yourself. Tell yourself
that you are not poet enough to
call forth its riches.
Rainer Maria Rilke

I always give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers with thanksgiving, joy and love!

Love and hugs,