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Back to the Grind

December 29, 2008

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.

Colossians 3:23-24


Our two week Christmas break is over and it is time to hit the books again.  While I started the year excited about homeschooling and drove my family nearly crazy with enthusiasm, I am now almost dreading starting again.


Perhaps it is because we so enjoyed our time off as a family, or maybe I am just lazy.  As I began to pull out my dusty lesson plans, I chastised myself for not catching up on planning during the break like I had intended to do. 


So here I am, on a Sunday night, pulling it all together at the last minute. How I wish for one more week!  I began to pray and ask God to renew my excitement before my kids caught my bad mood, and this verse that has been stored in my heart sprang to mind.


While I am not yet overflowing with enthusiasm for the coming week back at school, I know God will grant my request. Eventually.  Until then, I am going to cheerfully set about educating my children as He has called and graciously allowed me to do. 


Are you headed back to work or school this week as well?  Let’s ask God to remind us often that it is indeed the Lord Christ we are serving.  In whatever we do.


Whether I am vacuuming and want to skip areas, serving a grumpy child, or trying to lead a group of very chatty girls in Bible study… I sometimes picture God watching me and it warms my heart towards whatever task He has called me to that day.  It’s hard to frown when I think of God watching me, even if I am standing over a sink of dirty dishes.


What task has God called you to today?  I pray that your heart will be warmed by doing it for Him. 

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