(1 Chronicles 4:10, 4:23)
“Good job!” Who doesn’t like to hear that?
For two short words, they pack an awful lot of punch. They have the power to change how we see the work we do and how we see ourselves. Validation – it’s refreshment for the soul.
Have you read the first nine chapters of 1 Chronicles? If you take a look there, you will see why I ask. It is a nine-chapter list of every branch and twig of the most colossal family tree ever – nine hundred eleven difficult-to-pronounce names, one after another, most of them beginning with A or J or S. It is some tedious reading.
Every so often there is an “if-you-blink-you’ll-miss-it” interjection of an evil deed committed by a member of the tree, but then it is back to the business of the list . . . more fathers, more sons, more brothers, a handful of mothers . . . it’s easy to miss this gem buried about halfway through:
These clans were noted for their pottery, gardening, and planting; they all worked for the king and lived there with him.
These clans were noted for their work – for their magnificent pottery and spectacular gardens – so much so that they were highly valued by their king. He kept these prized workers close and under his personal care.
Let that soak in.
Can you see where I’m headed?
If your work in the Valley this season is caregiving, or something altogether different, stop to consider your work.
The job you do may not seem all that note-worthy from where you’re toiling, but what if it is?
What if there is deeper value to your work than schedules and demands and the endless tasks that make up your day?
This is the refreshing truth: You have been called to your work by your King.
He knows the job can be difficult. He notes and highly values the work of your hands as it becomes the offering of your heart. It is His delight to live with you and hold you close, arms circled tight, snug and safe.
You are His prized worker.
For me, some days are tough.
Some days I want to take a super long break.
Some days I can’t figure out how I got this job or why God thinks I can do it.
But these thoughts do not change the truth. Like you, I am God’s prized worker.
Is it any wonder that the prayer of a man named Jabez is recorded in this same chapter:
“Oh, that you would wonderfully bless me and help me in my work; please be with me in all that I do, and keep me from all evil and disaster!”
We are invited to pray for help in our work, alongside Jabez, and to be refreshed by the answer. Hear it:
You are My prized worker. Your work is magnificent and spectacular and I value it highly. Good job!
See you next week.