The Christian Public Servant – “despite the surrounding idleness”

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February 14, 2018 – Wednesday


2 Chronicles 15:7 [KJV] Be ye strong therefore, and let not your hands be weak: for your work shall be rewarded.


I work the overnight shift at veterinary clinic to complete my graduate degree. Last night, I found the clinic completely trashed from the earlier shift. Those workers hadn’t left yet – just sitting around as if nothing was out of place and our animals needed no service. My stomach turned flips thinking this was not the first time I would have to do my shift’s work along with the work the dayshift left behind. I was weary before I started to work.

Scripture reminds us to be strong despite the surrounding idleness. While some may get away with it, do not let your hands be weak and join the lazy. No, God wants you to do your very best and, He promises, your work shall be rewarded.

So, I gained strength through prayer and did my very best to ensure the animals got what they needed and the clinic looked like it should. When the sun rose, the day shift didn’t even notice the work I did. And I suspect tonight I will face the same mess. But that doesn’t matter because His word reminds me to be strong despite the surrounding idleness.

Does this happen to you? Do you wonder, why am I putting my best foot forward only to be taken advantage of? It’s easy to grow weary when it seems like you are the only one pulling all the weight. But have faith. Do your job well despite the surrounding idleness. Glorify Him.

At work today, let not your hands be weak. Do your best despite the surrounding idleness. Your work will be rewarded – here or elsewhere. He promises.


Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for blessing me with a job that allows me to make a difference and gives me the opportunity to complete my education. Give me strength to use Your gifts to serve Your creatures as I serve You. I pray for strength in the mist of weariness and doubt. Help me, oh Lord, hold tightly to Your hand. You will reward my work. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.

Aleighsa Johnson
Online MPA Candidate
Belhaven University
Jackson, Mississippi USA

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