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Do it out of love

'Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.' Colossians 3:23 NIV

When Nicholas Herman entered the Carmelite monastery in Paris in 1666, he expected to live a life of penance (self-punishment) because of his wild and sinful past. But instead Herman - given a new name, Brother Lawrence - found God's forgiveness and peace, plus a happiness he never imagined. His faith was majorly stretched in the process. Clumsy by nature, he was annoyed at being assigned to the monastery kitchen. Then something happened. In that grotty place he found that even the most unpleasant jobs become enjoyable, when done out of love for God!

In his classic little book, The Practice of the Presence of God, Brother Lawrence wrote: 'The time of business does not with me differ from the time of prayer...in the noise and clatter of my kitchen while several persons are at the same time calling for different things, I possess God in as great tranquility as if I were upon my knees...We ought not to be weary of doing little things, for God regards not the greatness of the work but the love with which it is performed.'

So what now? What's the job you hate most? Cutting the grass? Putting out the rubbish? Walking the dog? Looking after a younger sibling? Paul said, 'Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart as working for the Lord, not for human masters' (Colossians 3:23 NIV). The truth is, there's no difference between being a binman or a businessman when it's done out of love for God.

Soulfood: Lev 16, Lev 23:26-32, Heb 9:1-14

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