Seth Godin on page 97:
“The job is not your work;what you do with your heart and soul is the work”
What Seth is saying here is true for many of you – this summer in MA! You’re working your guts out and you’re exhausted and some of you maybe tempted to ask: “Why am I doing this? Should I just give up?”
But deep down although you’re tired and stretched beyond what you thought was possible – you LOVE what you’re doing! You are ministering out of your heart and soul – and so really you have found the true key to work! You’re doing it the way that God does it – He loves His work – He enjoys being God and all that He does – all of His works are just awesome – and He enjoys being available to you to give you the energy to do what you need to do this summer!
But are others criticizing you for what you’re doing? Maybe from back home – or maybe even those around you? Let me share with you one of my favorite stories from a great former missionary…
C.T. Studd, missionary to the Congo, presented this parable:
“Remember the miller’s donkey . . . the miller, his son and donkey went to the market. The miller rode the donkey all the way and people exclaimed, ‘Cruel man, riding himself and making his son walk.’ So he got down and his son rode; then people slanged, ‘What a lazy son for riding while his poor old father walks.’ Then both father and son rode, and people then said, ‘Cruelty to animals, poor donkey.’ So they got down and carried the donkey on a pole, but folks said, ‘Here are two asses carrying another ass.’ Then all three walked and people said, ‘What fools to have a donkey and not ride it.’ So let’s go ahead with our work for God and not care what folks say.”
Find out what God wants you to do – and do it with all your heart and soul – and don’t worry about what others will say about you! Chances are that it is something that is a desire that God has already given you! That is the greatest discovery about work: to do something that you love – and then it is no longer work – it is a joy – even though like MA it might may you exhausted! So stick with it – and see what God will do!