Whatever you do, do it wholeheartedly

Andrea Howe

Editor, The Daily Clarion

Sharing a little secret here...

Writing this column is probably my favorite task -- if you can call it a task -- of my work week. I save the time for Saturday morning, when I'm not in the office answering the phone or running off to cover an event.

A cup of coffee (or two, depending on how late I stayed up the night prior), in my recliner with a blanket and my laptop in my lap, my big dog at my feet, with a devotional open -- that's how I start every Sunday edition column.

I relish the time and manner in which I can approach this contribution to the newspaper. The rest of the week, I focus on getting facts straight and quotes right and spelling correct and beating the competition to break a story or making deadlines. There are many spurts of hustle-bustle the rest of the week.

Thursday was a particularly crazy hustle-bustle day for me. My calendar for the day included copy-editing and scheduling most of the content of the Friday paper, covering a court hearing at 8:30 a.m. and needing to leave town at 9:30 a.m. to make a noon meeting near St. Louis, getting back to the office by 5 p.m. to write that story from 8:30 a.m., edit more news copy for the Friday edition and start planning for another edition.

The road trip isn't a normal part of my day, but the tasks and the deadlines are. I reflected, during the trip, on some of the stories I had covered and other projects I had tackled, and I thought to myself: I can't wait until Saturday morning when I can sit down and write my column. I wanted to relax and clear my mind and let God give me inspiration.

But God interrupted my plans. Friday morning, He spoke to me through a social media post from a friend.

Her post, "Whatever" struck a chord with me: When I'm rushing through the week, looking forward to my time of inspiration, I'm missing the message that can be carried every hour of every day.

Whatever.

As in Colossians 3:23 -- Whatever you do, work at it with your whole being, for the Lord and not for men...

And Colossians 3:17 -- And whatever you do, in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.

And 1 Peter 4:11 -- If anyone speaks, he should speak as one conveying the words of God. If anyone serves, he should serve with the strength God supplies, so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory and the power forever and ever. Amen.

And Ephesians 6:7-- Serve with good will, as to the Lord and not to men...

Throughout God's word, He tells us that everything we do should be done wholeheartedly for His service, not men.

Whatever we do.

Everything we do.

Don't think that anything you do is less or more important to God. He has a purpose for everything we do. And don't think He compares any of us to another person. With His very Breath in our lungs, He wants us to realize that we are His hands and feet!

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