The Christian Public Servant – “don’t grow weary with the tedium”

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March 6, 2018 – Tuesday

Reading

Galatians 6:9 [NASB] Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.

Reflection

I once held a position that was very repetitious. Every day felt the same, with similar stresses and no end or change in sight. There was little accountability, and I felt no reason to continue doing excellent work if no one noticed one way or another. I grew weary, and my attitude showed it.

You know as well as me, there are seasons in job and career that are more exciting and challenging than others. Yet even those times can turn on you. Repetitious deadlines, predictably demanding clients, and a continual but similar overflowing inbox – all this might initially exhilarate you but can end up draining and frustrating you. Like me, you may be tempted to take a minimalist route of “who really cares” just to find temporary relief.

Scripture reminds us, don’t grow weary with the tedium – in slow times or fast. Allowing weariness to overtake our work ethic can have dangerous ramifications for our professional lives. More importantly, our Christian responsibility must remain steadfast in doing what is right, even when routine drives us crazy. The rewards we reap must glorify God.

Today at work, don’t grow weary with the tedium. Press on, do your best, and honor God. Your effort will not go unnoticed. In my situation, perseverance ultimately ended with a new position that involved travel and much more variation to my days.

If you don’t grow weary with the tedium, you will reap the rewards of hard work. And your behavior and attitude will glorify God!

Prayer

Father, help me do excellent work, even when it is tedious. Give me Your strength to press forward and not let weariness overcome me. Thank You for new mercies and grace to greet me each work day. In Your Son’s name, I pray. Amen.

Elizabeth Butler
Owner, Jumperoo Rentals
Tampa, Florida USA
and online MPA Candidate
Belhaven University
Jackson, Mississippi USA

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