-written by Matt Clotfelter
I really enjoy my work and I hope it shows. I enjoy sharing with people the experiences I have in my work, both the good and the bad.
I remember my first paying job. I was about 8 years old. There was a man who was a traveling musical evangelist who had an office where my parents worked. I helped him out on occasion, doing odd jobs. One day, he asked me if I could help him move some of his boxes around. I don’t remember the actual work, but I do remember times I couldn’t do the task needed. Mr. Don would just tell me to move something else. Sometimes, he would have me put letters and fliers in envelops so he could send them out to churches.
My first payday was sweet. I think I was paid $5 or $10, and he even gave me one of his tapes (yes, this was quite a while ago). I wore the tape out! Even though the work was difficult at times for an 8 year old, I enjoyed every minute of it.
Fast forward to today–my everyday work is that of a supervisor at a fire station. Sometimes my boss watches my work, but more often than not, the only people who watch what I do are my subordinates. Whenever I am going through a self-evaluation of my work, I try to measure it against the scale Paul wrote in his letter to the church at Ephesus:
Work with enthusiasm, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. – Ephesians 6:7, NLT
I promise you when the alarm goes off for the fourth time in the middle of the night, I struggle to be enthusiastic about going to see someone with a stubbed toe. But as I walk to my truck, I remind myself God has placed me where I am to serve Him. Then I ask God to forgive for all the times I forget this.
I am blessed to have work I enjoy. But even if I don’t enjoy my work, I still am placed there to serve. A person who was a slave probably didn’t enjoy their work, but listen to what Paul said to them:
Slaves, obey your earthly masters with deep respect and fear. Serve them sincerely as you would serve Christ. – Ephesians 6:5, NLT
In other words, if you love your job–awesome! Serve the Lord there. Despise your job? Sorry. You’re still called to serve the Lord there, too. In all of the opportunities God places you in your workplace, serve Him. Honor Him with your work; honor Him with your life.
Live differently. Serve completely. Love unconditionally.
Matt Clotfelter is married to Amie and they have 2 children, Tyler and Marcus. Matt serves as a deacon as well as volunteers in the SoHills nursery, preschool ministry, and preteen ministry.