I got a call from a friend at work today who told me an interesting story. He said that he’s been thinking lately about how blessed he is and he’s felt compelled to do something special for someone else. After looking around the house at all the material items he’s collected over the years, he put some stuff for sale on Craig’s List. Once the stuff sold, he wanted to direct the funds somewhere special, so he prayed that God would give him a new opportunity to share. Not very long after that, he got a call from a friend of his who wanted to participate in a walk benefiting a hunger relief agency and was looking for financial sponsorship. Bingo! My friend felt that his prayer was not only answered promptly, but he felt good about supporting his friend in his desire to provide meals for the hungry.
I was reminded of a phrase that our pastor often uses – that we are “blessed to be a blessing.” We know that from whom much is given, that much is required (Luke 12:48). And while many of us tithe from our incomes, we might not stop to think about how our jobs themselves are blessings. Our jobs, whether they seem like it in the moment or not, are incredible blessings for reasons other than the income they provide. They are opportunities for us to develop and use our skills, they are opportunities to be involved in the lives of others, and they allow us to have a special role in shaping the history and culture of the places where we live. So every once in a while I think it’s a good thing to ask ourselves, “How can we use these blessings – the income we receive and the others blessings of work – to be blessings to others?”
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