Today's daily devotion

Working for God

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.—COLOSSIANS 3:23 NIV

Caregiving may be professional or intensely personal. Whatever the case, it’s important to remember who we’re really working for—because paychecks, even love, only motivate us so far.

That may sound harsh. But those of us who’ve provided care know that caregiving is a tough job. The person we care for may resist or resent our help. We become physically and mentally tired but can’t rest—because there’s no immediate relief for us. Many other situations can drain us of energy just when we need it most. That’s why we need a motivation that goes beyond money or even a family bond.

Realizing that God is “the boss,” the one we truly work for, provides us with that needed motivation. We’ll have more patience, we’ll control our temper, and we won’t be so fearful of what lies ahead if we remember whom we’re ultimately serving.

God is an “employer” who trains and equips His workers for whatever job He’s called them to do. By remembering that He’s the one we really work for, our heavy tasks grow lighter.

Dear God, help me to remember that I work for You. May that knowledge motivate me in all the things I do and say.

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