Work is not secular. In my eyes, there is no separation between “secular work” and “the Lord’s work”. While we usually term the ministry in the church the latter (and I have no objections to that), I feel it is too narrow to think that only our service in the church is God’s work.
My entire being is to be a living sacrifice for the LORD and it is not restricted to the few hours of choir practice I attend. Everything is to be done for God. This is so scary – because it calls us to raise our standards for our specific callings and quit substandard work. And yet, it’s so intensely meaningful isn’t it? (‘: the fact that God receives each little action done to Him with a smile.
Which is why I’m so happy today.
My colleague gave me some pointers on how to improve as a teacher a few days ago. She said I knew my content excellently, but needed to be more personable and engage my students more.
I was trepid. Can I do so? Will the students judge me or hate me? (All these irrational fears playing in the background)
I was trepid. So I prayed then. “Lord, help me to teach well, with a desire to truly guide the students to understand and learn. I want to teach not just to get the task over and done with, but to have a heart for these students.”
He did answer.
A new student surprised me by giving me a snack she bought from Japan (so sweet of her! <3)
My students in the new class really responded actively and asked alot of questions to clarify their doubts. Whenever they leave with a smile and a thank-you, my heart swells.
True, I may not be serving God “full-time” now, but I am. I must serve Him full-time, where I’m called. (I dare say that if I’m negligent here, I’m not fit to be in the Lord’s vineyard at all. No way.)
God will meet me,
take care of me.