Five Minute Friday: Work

The word for this week’s Five Minute Friday free-write is “work.”  (Click on the image above to find some other great posts in the linkup too.) Here goes:

Work is something that has been on my mind a lot lately as I just started a new nanny job last week.  I had been at my previous job three years and so had gotten pretty confident and comfortable there.  But now, I’m finding that I’m definitely more unsure and insecure in my work.  I guess it is a learning curve and I need to give myself grace but still…!

The verse that pops into my head with today’s prompt is Colossians 3:23:

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters” (NIV)

“And don’t just do the minimum that will get you by. Do your best. Work from the heart for your real Master, for God” (MSG)

All this talk about working from the heart reminds me of a book I’m reading at the moment called Waking the Dead: The Secret to a Heart Fully Alive by John Eldredge.  My favorite quote from it right now is this, “You cannot be the person God meant you to be, and your cannot live the life he meant you to live, unless you live from the heart.”

So, may we begin to realize the importance of being authentic and heart-led in our work and in our lives!  I know that is a reminder I can certainly use right now.

Five Minute Friday: Neighbor

The word for this week’s Five Minute Friday free-write is “neighbor.”  (Click on the image above to find some other great posts in the linkup too.) Here goes:

“When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality.” (Romans 12:13 NLT)

I had tacked the last part of that verse, “Always be eager to practice hospitality,” up on the whiteboard at my old place for five years and that little piece of paper made the move with me to my new place this March.  I wanted it to be a central theme in our new house as well.

You see, my old roommate and I had made it a priority to invite people over, to make our place warm and welcoming to others and to generously share the space God had given us with others.

We put on fall parties, tea parties, Christmas parties, birthday parties, pumpkin-carving parties, dinner parties, etc.  We hosted Bible studies, small groups, Connect Groups and spa days.  We had her brothers and a friend come stay in our little two-bedroom place for a week.  We invited my five nieces and nephews over to visit.  We listened on our living room couch to countless friends pour out their hearts and share their hardships with us.

Looking back, it truly was a place of hospitality.  But that didn’t come effortlessly and it didn’t always come easily.  Sometimes it was hard to stay up late to host or listen.  Sometimes my introverted nature wanted my home to be my sanctuary instead of a revolving door. However, we had to make a conscious decision to take what we had and bless others with it.  And that made all the difference!

So, who is our neighbor?  I believe it is anyone that God brings into our path, into our lives for a season or into our sphere of influence.  Go then and be eager to practice hospitality to those around you!