From The Evangelist’s Desk.
I don’t like this job!!
Ever felt like that. Here are some thoughts that might ring true with you. I just don’t want to do this job. Wont can’t, make me. I did it didn’t I, what more do you want? Oh, come on now I did it last time! I know I have. I have done those jobs that I would have preferred not having to do, and I’ve taken short cuts on the jobs that I just want to finish.
We could now have some fun and name them, but that would not be fair because some men may not do what I do and may have an earful from their wives saying, ‘That there Evangelist does so and so, so don’t tell me you can’t.’ Then where would we be? Me facing a diminishing readership for one. Tear that page out before she gets to read it. On the other hand you could all be top notch on the modern male, and then where would I be if Tracey found out that I do not do all the things others of our gender do?
Talking of jobs to do, I was invited to attend a Vocations day back in June, where we were privileged to enjoy a talk from Bishop Dominic amongst others with regard to our possible leading to Vocation within the church.
Bishop Dominic referred to a book called, ‘The Rule Of Benedict Insights For The Ages.’ Written by Joan Chittister, O.S.B.
Quote, ‘First of all, every time you begin a good work, you must pray to God most earnestly to bring it to perfection. In God’s goodness, we are already counted as God’s own, and therefore we should never grieve the Holy One by our evil actions. With the gifts which are in us, we must obey God at all times that God may never become the angry parent who disinherits us, nor the dreaded one, enraged by our sins, who punishes us forever as worthless servants for refusing to follow the way to glory.’
So what can we draw from this? I would suggest that every time I have to undertake some work, whether I wish to do it or not, I pray to God and ask that He gives me the skill to take that specific work or task to perfection. That’s not saying, ‘Well four nails should hold it.’ That’s putting six or seven nails in just to make sure.
That’s not saying, ‘That’ll do.’ It is saying, ‘Just a little bit more to go and it will be done’.
Remember Matthew 5:41. ‘If someone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles.’ Isn’t this possibly the same sort of thing? Going that extra mile for someone, or some organisation. Not giving people the chance to call us ‘Half job Harry.’
We could also look at Galatians 6:4 ‘Be sure to do what you should, for then you will enjoy the personal satisfaction of having done your work well, and you won’t need to compare yourself to anyone else.’
So let me lay down the challenge to all of us, yes, that includes me. My challenge is not to undertake any job, albeit our full time paid work, household chores, having to help another person in some small way, whatever the work, without first praying to God and asking that we are able to undertake the task and finish it to Gods perfection. Just spend a moment thinking to yourself, ‘I’m doing this for God, not for myself and I want it to be perfect.’
I am one of the first to fall at this task. For example I am firmly of the belief that, ‘If at first you don’t succeed, GIVE UP.’ Or failing that call in the people who do know how to succeed, for example Tracey my loving and faithful wife. (She is much better at using a hammer drill than I am).
Why ask God to guide me to complete any task to His perfection, including my paid job I hear you ask? Well actually I don’t hear you ask, I am purely guessing. My answer is, and why not? What higher acclaim can we obtain than the praise of our Lord in any task we undertake; we need no other praise than this.
Keep well all and may God Bless you and keep you safe.
© Rick Hayes, August 2009