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With God as My Boss
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Toilets. I hate cleaning toilets. I would have to say that swishing and swiping the porcelain throne ranks right up there as one of my least favorite weekly chores. To make matters worse, we own not one but three toilets in our house. This comes in handy when more than one person needs to use the bathroom at once, but on cleaning day I fail to appreciate the value it adds to our home.

I admit that I might possibly slack on seemingly meaningless and distasteful tasks such as cleaning the toilets. Quite frankly, it borders on the disgusting, and no matter how sparkly clean I scrub it, I’ll need to clean it all over again in a matter of days. No doubt you also have your own list of things you’d rather have to do. Whether in the office or the home, at school, or even at church, we can all think of activities for which we lack the motivation to put forth our best effort.

Nasty Jobs

Thankfully, a discussion of I Corinthians 10:31 and Colossians 3:23 in my Bible-study group managed to jolt me out of my slovenly tendencies. The Bible does not specifically speak to bathroom cleaning, and it probably doesn’t mention the nasty jobs in your life either. Yet, it clearly told me how to approach any task I put my hand to—whether I enjoyed it or not.

It says: "So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God" (1 CorIinthians 10:31) and "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men" (Colossians 3:23).

Wow! Do it all for the glory of God, and work as though I am working for the Lord! That idea blew me away. I would never consider slacking on a task intended to glorify God. Neither could I give less than my best when working for the Lord. How might my work habits change if I viewed God as my boss? Hmm… Now, there’s something to think about.

Now when faced with a less-than-thrilling job, I remember that I am not working for my own benefit or even the benefit of others as much as I am working for God.

Oh, and by the way, I keep my toilets pretty clean these days!

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