“Will the Real Essential Workers Please Stand Up” (Vocation: part 1)

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I can’t imagine what it feels like to be a college graduate in 2020. Their graduation was virtual; defined as “not physically existing as such but made by software to appear to do so.”

However, it doesn’t matter if you are a college graduate or a seasoned employee, jobs today seem hidden, like the people who appear to hide behind the masks they’re required to wear.

Author, Margaret Feinberg, wrote: “Figuring out what to do with your life isn’t easy because even after landing a job or finally earning a few years’ work experience to put on the resume, the questions about what you are going to do don’t always disappear. They just keep resurfacing. Single, newlyweds, oldyweds, empty nesters, retirees-anyone at any age or stage in life-can wrestle with these questions and struggle to find answers. No one is immune.” (What the Heck Am I Going to do with My Life?)

And there is the buzz regarding “essential workers.”

An essential worker is a designated employee required to work regardless of other business closures in order to meet ongoing fiscal or other demands, although others cannot work due to the Coronavirus.

The downside to that definition is the misinterpretation that some work is more important than others.

Martin Luther said, “The maid who sweeps her kitchen is doing the will of God just as much as the monk who prays-not because she may sing a Christian hymn as she sweeps, but because God loves clean floors.”

I entered the work force in the seventh grade, delivering The Daily Times-News to 80 customers seven days a week for two years in Burlington, North Carolina. I remember the rubber bands popping, and stinging my hand as I rolled newspapers before I delivered them on my bicycle.

My final position, involves delivering the mail through the United States Postal Service. Both jobs involve delivering news and other types of communication. Sometimes life comes full circle.

Thankfully, God delivers news to us that’s still timely, trustworthy and true. We don’t have to feel alone as we figure out the job market. He provides words of encouragement in a book which took 1,500 years to complete, written by 40 different people. For example, Luke was a physician. Peter was a fisherman, and Paul made tents.

And in that book, Paul wrote, “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” (I Corinthians 10:31, NIV) Whatever job you do, complete it like God’s watching.

Feinberg sums it up best. “When we fall into the mind-set that a ministry role-whether it is as a preacher or a church worker has more value than a secular role, we discount the real value of what God can do through his people.”

To compartmentalize vocations is to limit God and what He can do in and through you. Psalm 147:5 reads, “Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; his understanding is beyond measure.” (ESV)

How big is your God?


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One thought on ““Will the Real Essential Workers Please Stand Up” (Vocation: part 1)

  1. Very Good devotional and a refreshing video. Sure makes me think of the song, Little is Much When God is in it. Thanks again. Love you much.

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