Give me a word, Lord: KEEP ON KEEPING ON

Hebrews 6:10 God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.

Colossians 3:23-24 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.

Tuesday was one of the Mondayest Tuesdays ever! We can always count on the fact that we will be busy in the clinic on a day following a holiday, and this Tuesday following the Labor Day weekend was no exception. We treated multiple fractures, drained abscesses, ordered labs, completed paps, treated our chronic care patients, and treated a whole lot of acute care patients. Oh, did I mention that we are still gowning up in our lovely plastic full length gowns, N-95 masks, face shields, and double gloves and going out into the parking lot in the 90+ degrees heat to evaluate and treat any and all patients who have COVID 19 symptoms or have had a positive exposure? At the end of the day, our sweet receptionist had signed in a total of 90 patients for visits, labs or x-rays. Y’all, we have a pretty small clinic. That is a crazy number. How did we do it? The answer to that is great team work and the good Lord’s blessings!

I have the pleasure of working with a nurse practitioner, Ally, who is young enough to be my daughter, but she is very wise, and she is passionate about the Lord. Together we make an awesome team, but it’s not just about us. We couldn’t do what we do on a daily basis without the whole team working together. The receptionist has to see every single person that walks through the door while answering phones, taking messages, and soothing anxieties. The nurses have to room the patients, give injections, and relay messages all day all while doing a multitude of other daily duties. The lab/x-ray tech has been getting slammed as never before with labs and x-rays, and yet still they help room patients and clean rooms and jump in wherever they are needed. And our clinic manager, well that girl, she can just about do it all. She helps everyone in the clinic do what needs to be done. We work like a well oiled machine. Sometimes things go perfectly smoothly, and other times not so much, but no matter what, God sees us through every single day no matter how crazy or busy we get. I know He is there because I cry out to Him all day long every day, and I can feel His presence.

Even though everything ended well at the end of our Mondayest Tuesday, I went home feeling the weight of it all on my shoulders. I was exhausted. My brain was tired. I felt spent. It was one of those kind of tired feelings when you feel like you can’t go another day. I was dog tired, and my feet were barking. But y’all, our God is so good. He loves His kids so much, and He shows up and shows out all of the time. I left the clinic and met my sweet husband for dinner. He had a Mondayest Tuesday too, so we met at a local restaurant and let them do the cooking. He had already ordered my meal, and it was waiting for me upon my arrival. I was able to sit and catch my breath and relax with my love. We arrived home later, and we sat down at our table and read God’s Word. We are reading through the Bible again using a one year plan, and after soaking in the sweetness of the Word of God, I slowly began to feel rejuvenated. I took a long, hot shower, and I slept the night away. I awoke the next morning feeling refreshed and renewed and ready to tackle the day.

Wednesday wasn’t a bad day. It was busy and chaotic, but that is nothing new, yet in the middle of the chaos, God showed up. A package arrived on my desk mid morning, and there was the most beautiful card inside. It wasn’t the color or the pictures on the card that gave it the beauty, it was the words that were written on the inside by a dear sweet patient. She wrote, ” I hope you know that you are so loved by us and all who know you. We are so blessed by our heavenly Father to have you, a ministering saint of God, as our friend and doctor.” Oh my word, that brought tears to my eyes. There are so many days that I feel that I am just going through the motions, merely doing my job, hurrying through the day. I want so much to be the salt and the light, but there are so many days that I feel that I come up short. On those crazy days when I’m are chasing my tail all day long and I feel like we will never catch up, I feel like I’m spent and that I have failed the Father. But God, oh but God! He knows just when to send a gentle reminder from a precious human angel to encourage and remind me that I am not working for myself, but rather that I am working for my Lord and Savior.

Your work place may be even crazier or more chaotic than mine. Your job may be boring and humdrum. You may feel that you aren’t getting anywhere, or that you aren’t getting paid what you are worth. You may not have an awesome team of co-workers easing the burden of your load. You may not even see the impact that you are making on the lives of others, but you can know this for sure. God sees you. He feels your stress, anger, pain, and weariness. He is there, and He will continue to lift you up and help you as you muddle through each and every day. But Peeps, we can’t just show up and do just enough to get by and go home. No, my friends, that’s not how it is supposed to work. Paul was speaking to slaves in Colossians 3:23-24, but I’m pretty sure he is talking to you and I as well. “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” Each and every day, we must wake up, get prayed up, dress up, and get out there and work with all of our hearts as though we are working for the Lord because quite frankly, we are!

Whether you are a CEO of a fortune 500 company or the janitor of the school system, a stay at home mom or a mom working two jobs to make ends meet, you have to ask yourself, “Who am I working for today?” When the burden gets too heavy, and your body and mind are weary, just take a deep cleansing breath and remember you aren’t working for men. You are working for the greatest boss in the whole word, Jesus!

Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:16

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