The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. (Psalm 19:1-2)
Did you ever realize that your work tells what kind of person you are? The Bible tells us that the works of God reveal to us what kind of God he is. The beauty of his creation and the majesty and grandeur of his universe give us a clear view of his character and his personality.
That's true of us, as well. Now that's a little scary when you think about it. Just suppose someone who doesn't know you at all was asked to write a description of you based upon an audit and inspection of your work. What would that audit reveal?
Are you careful to do your work with thoroughness, or would your work reveal a careless attitude? Does your work show that you are considerate of the person at the receiving end or at the next stage of your work? Or would the inspector conclude that you're in a hurry to get through and get going, because your work is sloppy?
When your work involves dealing with other people, would it reveal an attitude of respect and concern for others? Do you think the inspector would conclude that you care about other people, and you treat everyone with respect? Or would it reveal that you are callous toward other people, that you can't be bothered to be kind and considerate?
As I look at the work of God's hands, I know so much about his loving, caring nature. I see all around me evidence that he is a merciful and bountiful God, a God who wants to bestow blessings and goodness on me. His work reveals his character to me.
Our work reveals our character as well. At the end of each day, we need to ask ourselves what kind of impression our work has left behind us. Think about the week that is just behind you. Would you be pleased to have someone describe you based on the work you've done this last week? It's a good question we need to ask ourselves frequently.
To do my every-day work in such a manner that it exemplifies the character of Jesus Christ.
Lord, help me to remember all day long that how I do my work does indeed matter to you. And how I do my work speaks volumes to those around me. May my work be pleasing in your sight today, O Lord.
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