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By Lois Parker Edstrom
Have you thought about what you want to be when you grow up? What kind of work would you like to do?
You have lots and lots of time to make that decision, but it is fun to think about the possibilities.
The Bible teaches us that we are to do “good work” and increase “in the knowledge of God” (1:10). How would you describe “good work?”
In school, when you study hard and try to make your assignments the best they can be, your parents and teachers may say, “That’s good work.” You will learn many new and exciting things because of your effort and good work.
Another way we could describe good work is work that helps others in some way. Our first thoughts may be of doctors and nurses, firefighters and teachers… How about comedians who make people laugh or musicians and artists who create things of beauty?
Any work that is done in God’s Spirit of Love will help others. We may never know how our work has helped, but God’s Love will make that connection.
I can tell you a story about a nurse who cared for many patients who were sick and often frightened. One patient, after many years had passed, saw the nurse and remembered her. That man told the nurse how much it had meant to him that she had stayed with him and comforted him while he was in the hospital facing surgery. The nurse had not realized, at that time, how much her words and actions had meant to him and was surprised that he had remembered that incident all those years later.
Study and pray. Learn all you can about God; how God works in your life and how your work can show God’s love to others. Do good work.
Copyright 2012, Richard Niell Donovan