Sometimes I say, “Thank God.” What about you?
I was thinking the other day, wondering what God thinks about the way I say it. I mean if folks said, “Thank Mike” that casually, I’d be under-impressed. Like they didn’t really mean it. Just said it without a lot of heart.
God created everything, took a look and called it “good” except for us. He called us “very good.” So all creation is a God-gift, even our work.
That means our work is good. It has God’s thumbprint on it.
When was the last time you said “Thank you” to God for your work?
Thought of it as “holy?”
And when was the last occasion you “sneered” at your work? Maybe you were having a bad day. Or, got rejected again during a sales call when the prospect said those fatal words, “Let me think about it.” Your work felt less than holy, right?
So how do you give thanks to God for your work on those days? When you are more “sneer” than “show gratitude,” more “throw-away” than “thanksgiving?”
First, when you stop and think about it, thanksgiving is the only gift you have to offer God in return for all creation including work. I mean, what else can you give the God who has everything, loved you enough to die for your sins, and, as if that’s not enough, still gives you work to do with blessings and abundance? Say “Thank you, God” for your work even on those days that suck.
Next, by saying “Thanks,” you wake up your body and spirit to the gratitude you’re thinking about. Your body loves it and releases all kinds of great chemicals. And your spirit soars toward heaven. How much better can it get, right? Talk about an abundant life! You see the setback that day as temporary and God’s holy creation as eternal. Big difference, eh?
That’s what Paul means when he writes, God’s word and our prayers make every item in creation holy. Despite the negative world, you give thanks for your work and receive joy in Christ.
Set aside some time today and thank God for all of creation. Include your workplace, your team, your customers, your boss—yes, your boss, and everyone in touch with our work.
Then experience God’s joy as you work in the world and not of it. “Showing gratitude” replaces “sneering.” “Thanksgiving” supersedes “throwing away” even on a bad day!
So the next time you say “Thank God,” whisper it with heart-felt love.
And then enjoy increasing faith with greater joy at work as you love God and others like never before.
Mike Van Vranken