Thought for the Week

Rutherglen Reformer - - News From The Pews -

We may have seen many funny and amus­ing com­ments about re­turn­ing to work af­ter a hol­i­day – for those of us who have that priv­i­lege.

The shock of get­ting back into the rou­tine on a cold, dank and dark morn­ing can be a jolt af­ter the in­dul­gences of the fes­tive pe­riod.

“I owe, I owe so it’s off to work I go!” sums up the ne­ces­sity of earn­ing to pay bills.

Don’t even men­tion job sat­is­fac­tion.

For oth­ers it is the work of the vol­un­teer or re­spon­si­bil­ity in the fam­ily.

We can choose to moan, or we can seek a higher pur­pose here.

It is said in Ge­n­e­sis (1:27) we are made in the im­age of God.

Psalm 19 re­veals a God who is busy at work and the re­sult is good: “The heav­ens de­clare the glory of God, and the sky above pro­claims his hand­i­work”.

We are made to be cre­ative and ful­filled through the ex­pe­ri­ence of work.

For many, the re­ply might be the West of Scot­land “aye right”.

The job may be lack­ing in stim­u­la­tion, but we can make a dif­fer­ence where we are.

Yes­ter­day, in the early morn­ing, I was on a train.

The ticket in­spec­tor went down the car­riage of dour peo­ple and smiled in her con­ver­sa­tion.

Her job to some might seem un­ex­cit­ing, but many had their day trans­formed by that one per­son do­ing a rou­tine job and smil­ing.

What can you cre­ate for some­one to­day by bring­ing a dif­fer­ent at­ti­tude to them as your “work”?

Je­sus said “As your fa­ther in heaven is … so you also should (could?) be” (Matthew 5:48)

Ken Coul­ter Church Leader Ruther­glen Bap­tist Com­mu­nity Church

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