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888th -- Making A Living And Living


No matter what we do in life, we should do it with our whole heart and with
the joy of knowing that we can make a difference in this world. It doesn't
matter if you are a stay-at-home mom or someone running a corporate 
business, you can do your job with excellence, with joy, with purpose and
with a quiet confidence knowing that you are the best at what you do. When
we look at life from this viewpoint, we can begin to see the value and 
worth of our own life. There is no need for us to get down on ourselves 
for past failures because a new beginning and a new day is always dawning.
We can do what we were meant to do with joy in our hearts. We don't have
to murmur and complain about the hardships because those hardships serve a
purpose in making us better than we were before. (Colossians 3:23-24)

Whatever your job is in life, don't look at it as a means to an end or 
something you wish you weren't doing, but see your job with refreshed eyes
knowing that you can make a difference right where you are. You can be 
excellent right where you are. It is simply in seeing and refocusing on 
our life's purpose that we can begin to have our joy restored. Be happy 
with where you are, see the value in what you do and know that your life 
is very important and is making an impact on those around you.

I hope this message inspires and challenges your heart to never become 
discouraged in your job, but rather do it with your whole heart and allow
the light that is within you to impact those around you.


The best on the job training I ever got in my life came from a very special
woman: my Mom. It happened when I was in my early twenties. I had just 
recently graduated from college but couldn’t find that well paying job I 
had been hoping for. With a wife and baby son to support at home I found 
myself reluctantly taking a job as a busboy in a local restaurant. I was 
bitter, sad, and depressed to find myself working there to say the least.

God works in mysterious ways, though, because that restaurant was the same
one that my Mom had recently started working at after years of being a 
stay at home Mother. The first time I saw her come in the kitchen it was 
like an extra light had been turned on. Her smile was returned by everyone
of the cooks and her gentle laughter and sweet good humor made the shift 
go by quickly. Her concern for her fellow workers made them open up their
hearts to her and she was happy to fill those hearts with her compassion 
and love. She did her physical work well and did her spiritual work even 
better. And at the end of the day she seemed to have even more energy than
when she had started.

It was both strange and delightful to see my Mom in this new and wonderful
way. I had thought that I had learned all that she could teach me, but now
I was learning something brand new. Me and most of the other workers at 
that restaurant were there just to make a living but my Mom was actually 
Living. Her job and her joy had become one. She cooked up love both on the
stove and in the hearts of all those around her. She was doing Heaven’s 
work here on Earth.

I have had a lot of jobs since then. Some have been backbreaking and some
have been inspiring but I have always tried to follow Mom’s example and 
bring my love and joy to each one. May you do the same and always Live 
while you make a living.

By Joseph J. Mazzella

Read and meditate on these scriptures:

Psalm 37:7-9 “Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him: fret not 
thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who
bringeth wicked devices to pass. Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret
not thyself in any wise to do evil. For evildoers shall be cut off: but 
those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth.”

Deuteronomy 30:19 “I call heaven and earth to record this day against you,
that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore
choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live.”

Isaiah 26:3-4 “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed 
on Thee: because he trusteth in Thee. Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for
in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength.”

Psalm 28:6-8 “Blessed be the LORD, because He hath heard the voice of my 
supplications. The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in
Him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my 
song will I praise Him. The LORD is their strength, and He is the saving 
strength of His anointed.”

All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.

Today's Selected Poem: MESSAGES TO REMEMBER
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Today's Selected Testimony: BUT, GOD STEPPED IN
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/testimony45.htm

In Christ’s Service,

Dwayne Savaya
God’s Work Ministry


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