I never watch the so-called prime time TV programs and other than the news and some sports specials, I only watch TV when I’m in the kitchen, when I have to get away from my computer, or when I go to my recliner to recoup some lost energy. I’m not a fan of any of thereality shows although I did recently catch about an hour’s worth of some reruns of the program “Undercover Boss.” I must admit I really liked the show and it’s concept. I was moved to tears when some unsuspecting employees got recognized and handsomely rewarded for their hard work and dedication. Although it’s producer denies it, it just may be that, like some other reality shows, “Undercover Boss” may also be staged. Nevertheless, even if it isn’t real, I’m glad it’s viewers are reminded that it pays to always do your best in the work place, that integrity, hard work, and dedication still count for something.
Perhaps I like the program’s concept because it espouses the biblical advice and guidelines for living given to God’s people. A perfect and more detailed example of this advice is found in the following portion of scripture: Bondservants, be obedient to those who are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in sincerity of heart, as to Christ; not with eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, with goodwill doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men, knowing that whatever good anyone does, he will receive the same from the Lord, whether he is a slave or free.(Ephesians 6:5-8, New King James Version) Although there is no more slavery in this part of the world, this also applies to the workplace, plus our station in life in general.
From the very first day Jesus came into my heart and life, and even before I had read the Bible, I purposed in my heart that out of love and gratitude for what Jesus did for me, I was going to do my best in everything and be the best person I could be. From that day, I made a sincere effort to instill those values in my children and later with my grandchildren and our church members as well. I will continue to say this to everybody: “Do your best in everything you do and be the best person you can be. In so doing, you will honor the One who you do all this for in the first place. And although you won’t do it specifically for that reason, you can rest assured you too will be rewarded. You’ll see.”
Memory verse for the week: (2 Corinthians 5:7) For we walk by faith, not by sight.