September 7, 2017
Dear Brook Hollow Family,
I hope this finds you and your family doing well. This past Monday was Labor Day, and I trust it was a day of rest or play, work or catch up on your ‘to-do’ list, or possibly a road trip out of town. It has always been amusing to me that we celebrate the work force of America by taking a day off from work.
The idea of "work" has been around since the very beginning. In fact, the first man and woman were created to maintain and "work" a garden. Maybe today more than ever, "work" is changing before our eyes. When we drive around Nashville, it appears that most restaurants, groceries, and retail stores are in need of more workers. “Help Wanted” signs are everywhere in Bellevue. All this while an ongoing debate in some circles discusses increasing or maintaining the current minimum wage. There will always be entry-level hourly jobs, salaried executive positions with the plush corner office…and, of course, careers that are as unique as those who show up every day and work diligently.
A scripture verse that is a favorite of anyone looking to support the idea of "hard work" in the Bible is Colossians 3.23-24: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for others, 24 since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” This verse by itself is inspiring. But the context of the verse is somewhat complicated. You see, Paul was directing this word of encouragement to slaves. None of us reading this column have been enslaved so we have NO way of empathizing with a slave. But we have all felt like our work was under-appreciated or wondered if anyone would really miss us if we didn’t show up for our next shift.
Wherever you work…in a school, in a business, in a non-profit, in construction, in healthcare, or in a field…remember you have a calling more than just to earn some money. You are serving God in a unique place. You are representing God as you serve the customer or the employer. Therefore, work at it with all your heart as you would work for the Lord.