Good morning, Dear friends and Prayer Partners! This is the very cool day that the Lord has made and we will rejoice and be glad in it! When I stepped outside this morning, the black sky was pin-pointed with myriads of stars and all was still. Beautiful! I should say, all was still except for the crunching of acorns under my feet. We have a bumper crop this year...no reason for the squirrels to go hungry. I swept hundreds off the porch yesterday and they will be back today!
I went for a walk in the Park yesterday after church, so I wouldn't waste a beautiful day. It was already getting crowded with parents pushing strollers, and lots of visitors. I stopped at the first shelter and all the babies were clumped together just below the bridge. Mama gator was off to the side. I am surprised that the babies are still there after about three or four weeks. The eighteen that hatched out Labor Day were totally gone within three weeks. But God is good!
I also saw an osprey posing high in a tree, and other patrons spied him, too. Very majestic! A fat gator was lying on the bank of the lake as I drove in and was enjoying the sun on his back. Always something interesting to see at the Park.
From Quiet Moments with God:
1 Corinthians 10:31 Whatever you do, do all to the Glory of God.
"To love what you do and feel that it matters--how could anything be more fun?" asks Katharine Graham.
That's what we all desire, isn't it?
No matter what work we do, our attitude toward our work is vital to our basic sense of self-worth. The ideal for us all is to love the work we do and feel that it has significance. While no job is enjoyable or pleasant all the time, it is possible to derive satisfaction from what we bring to a job--the attitude with which we perform our tasks.
Brother Lawrence, the seventeenth-century Carmelite, found joy in his job washing dishes at the monastery. In the monotony of his routine work, he found the opportunity to focus on God and feel His presence.
Modern day entrepreneurs Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield make and sell ice cream with a purpose. the bottom line of Ben & Jerry's Homemade Inc. is "How much money is left over at the end of the year?" and "How have we improved life in the community?"
"Leftover money" goes to fund the Ben &Jerry's Foundation, which distributes funds to worthy nonprofit causes. These are charities that help needy children, preserve the Amazonian rain forest, provide safe shelter for emotionally or psychologically distressed people, and fund a business staffed by formerly unemployed homeless people. By helping others with their profits, Ben and Jerry put more meaning into their ice cream business.
The scriptures teach that all service ranks the same with God, because it not what you do that matters, but the spirit in which you do it.A street sweeper who does his work to serve God and bless the people who travel on the streets is as pleasing to Him ans the priest or pastor who teaches and nurtures his congregation.
If you feel your work is insignificant, ask God to open your eyes! When you do all for Him and to serve others, no task is unimportant!
Every gift which is given, even though it be small, is great if given with affection.
I always give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers with thanksgiving, joy and love!
Love and hugs,