“Whatever you do, do it with all your heart, as working for the Lord and not men.” (Col 3:23)
I’ve been doing a lot of things half-assed lately. I’ve been doing my job half-assed. I’ve been doing my schoolwork half-assed. I’ve been working on relationships with family and friends half-assed.
I wrote my Mom’s Mother’s Day card half-assed.
And it sucks.
Life is so much better when you are passionate about something. When you’re dedicated to a mission that is something higher than your own individual, moment-to-moment wants.
In Colossians 3, Paul encourages his readers to complete every task they have been given with all their heart. To look at even the most trivial matters as “service to the Lord.” As it seems he is addressing slaves, this would include cleaning, cooking, making the bed…things that would appear not to matter in the big scheme of things. It reminds me of an MLK Jr. quote:
If a man is called to be a streetsweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the host of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great streetsweeper who did his job well.
Any activity can be infused with meaning and purpose and Divine energy if we see ourselves as “working for the Lord.” There have been times in my life when saying hi and starting a conversation with a neighbor has given me goosebumps because I so felt that it was a service to God and that I was completing a task He gave me. How much more ought I dedicate myself to my vocation – the profession I believe I have been called to on a day to day basis – or building relationships with the people I care about?
Maybe it’s time to start doing the little things, and the big things, right…as for the Lord.