“The only way to do great work is to love what you do.” Steve Jobs
Actioncorps was on the move this past weekend. On a gorgeous autumn Saturday morning with temps hovering in the mid 80’s, nine of us gathered at a little trailer park in Windsor. We went to work helping a very sweet, elderly couple – Bob and Ethel, get ready for winter. We climbed on the roof and climbed ladders. We crawled under the trailer among stuff better left unmentioned. We sanded and painted. Some of us even got to use power tools. And we laughed and talked and had some of the best fellowship that you can imagine. In short – we did great work because we loved what we were doing.
But, we weren’t working for a paycheck. None of us were working because we HAD to (unless you ask my son Tyler!) :-) Hey – I’m joking – he actually CHOSE to work this weekend – under the trailer – with the spiders!! We weren’t even working in expectation of gratitude or thanks…..although Bob and Ethel were VERY appreciative of our help. Our actioncorps team goes to work for a completely different reason.
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men……It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” Colossians 3:23-24
We love what we do. We love helping others by doing the work
they can’t do themselves. But ask any one of us WHO we are serving and the answer isn’t Bob and Ethel….the answer is Christ.
And here’s the thing – this isn’t just about actioncorps. ANY time we, as a Christ followers, go out into the community there is the opportunity to do great work. Opportunities to show Christ’s love are all around us. No matter what you do for a living, no matter what you do for fun – if you’re a CEO, or a soccer mom – if you’re at the gym or in a factory, I encourage you this week to work at it with all your heart as if you are working for the Lord.