Do Good Work

Posted by Brenda Yoho

The way of works is the way of life, for “He who does the will of God abides forever.” 1 John 2:17.

Life provides us with many different opportunities each day. We have many choices to make daily in responding to those opportunities. In how we face difficulties, our reflection is caught by the eyes of those who love us the most.

My husband and I began dating at the age of 16 years old. He joined the United States Navy after high school graduation and asked me to marry him when I was 18 years old, and we were married when I was 19 years old. He is six months older than me so he was already 20 years old. We packed up everything we owned and took off for the east coast.

We would tell you we had ups, downs, and bumps in our journey together. Our journey together allowed us to grow up together as we shared most of our lives together. Childhood stories, families, deaths, illnesses, hardships, and celebrations are shared. Communication is the key to every relationship in life.

When he saw a struggle begin to creep into my days, he took action to bring a reminder back to my focus. We need a support system to engage with us to keep us in check when we begin to lose focus on the road we travel. This is why we have rest stops.

“Let me tell you just a few things to help you understand what I think you are struggling with the past few days. Our lives have received a little punch from the past, but it does not mean you have to revisit the past or remain in the past. You can continue to focus on the work you do.”

“See, I believe God considers everything you do. It does not matter the job, title, or work you do as long as it is “good work.” I fix motors for others, and it may seem like it is not important work, but it is. I just fixed a pool motor for a city to open their pool for the community. They needed it right away so they could open it for the holiday weekend. I worked hard to get it done and told them how to keep it running for the summer and prepare for the next season. I made a little money, but the important thing to remember is that I did “good work.” If I had not fixed this, the children and families of the city could not have enjoyed this pool for the holiday and summer.”

“Some people take advantage of others and do not do the “good work” they are intended to do in life. These individuals love the money, power, and control more than the service they provide to others. When individuals are like this, it sends a strong signal they are not changing.”

“No matter what jobs we have had in our lives, we have approached them with the purpose of “doing good work,” and we have always had this standard. We were cutting corn out of beans, detasseling, babysitting, working in the grocery store, and all of the jobs leading us to where we are today. The purpose of life, according to God, is to do “good work.”

“To obey, to be ready for every good work.Titus 3:1.

My struggle is always in trying to be the one to “fix” everything in life. I want others to change, things to be perfect, and to solve every problem. However, my husband reminds me to continue to do “good work” and remember others are responsible for their actions, not me. I can provide solutions, ideas, and resources, but the work is always theirs to do. It is up to each individual to make the choices in life, and I can want it for them, but I am not responsible for them.

No matter where you are on the work ladder, choose to “do good work.” The key to happiness, faith, and success rests with the choices we make in our daily journey. Look at what you do as making a difference in the lives of others. It is making a difference! If you are a grocery clerk, you are helping others get food home to feed themselves and their family. If you work at the local hair salon, you assist others in taking care of themselves, so they feel good inside and out. Every job has a purpose and a meaning. Thank you for doing it, and find the meaning in the work you do.

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