Many people feel “disconnected” to God from 9 to 5.
Generally speaking, that’s when you’re at school, or at work, or going about the random tasks of life. (I realize that some of you work shift work but just go with me on this one.)
Maybe you feel it’s hard to feel close to God when you’re studying algebra, working on a third quarter report, emptying a bedpan, or mowing the lawn.
But that time frame makes up a HUGE portion of our lives. And an important one too.
So let me share two thoughts with those who struggle with that time slot.
First, hard work honours God. You were given brains and a body. So no matter what you do, work hard. Be diligent.
Second, you can be an example to someone. More people than you know are hungry for someone with integrity, honesty and hope in their lives. Someone to trust, someone to share some goodness or light. So no matter what you do, maybe your 9 to 5 is an opportunity for you to be that person to somebody else.
In Colossians 3:17 (NLT) Paul writes, “And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father.”
I think that’s wisdom for us too. At school, at work, and beyond, try to be a representative of Jesus. None of us are perfect; I realize that. But when you try to represent the goodness, truth and love of God in who you are, the things you do will start to take on more meaning.
Just because you don’t always feel connected to God that doesn’t mean you can’t be.
By Matthew Ruttan
- This Sunday I’ll be talking about the impact difficult circumstances have on the formation of your character. Click here to learn more. If you’re close to Barrie, you’re invited!