Thursday, September 10, 2009

With attitude

Good morning, Dear Friends and Prayer Partners! This is the day that the Lord has made and we will rejoice and be glad in it!Well, once again it looks like a rain free day! The moon is getting smaller, although still bright, and the stars were all in place which is comforting, so all is well for right now. God is good!

I went for my radiation treatment yesterday, (the nose is quite pink now with a pronounced dimple in it.) I like dimples, but not on the top of my nose! Anyway, one of the employees owns a Smart Car, which is painted with zebra stripes. It is really cute! As I walked to the van with a cup of Calm tea in one hand and a snack bar in the other, I glimpsed a white head in front of the car. I walked to the front and peered around and it was a white ibis, just wandering around looking things over! Very cute! I drove through the park on the way home, and saw a few people enjoying the outdoors, but no gopher tortoises or gators. They have been scarce lately. But God is good!

From the book Quiet Moments with God for Teachers:

Whatever you do, do it all to the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31

"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. ...By helping others with their profits, Ben and Jerry put more meaning into their ice cream business.

The Scriptures reach that all service ranks the same with God, because it is 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 as 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,