Upon looking around the playground he noticed me coming his way and the change in him was remarkable.
Reference: v.23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters. (TNIV Bible)
Explore: It's amazing how much someone's performance changes when they know someone is watching. I used to mentor a young boy in Grade 1. I was walking through the schoolyard one day when I saw him playing cricket with some friends. He was holding the bat and waiting for one of his friends to bowl the ball to him. While he was waiting he was chatting to another one of his friends and upon looking around the playground he noticed me coming his way. The change in him was remarkable. He cut off his chat to his mate in mid sentence, he gripped on to his bat, placing it straight in to position, and I could see this look of concentration come over his whole face. He knew that I would be watching his game, so he tried extra hard.
Application: In the busyness of life it's easy to only give a half-hearted effort. There is so much to do and so many insignificant, monotonous tasks that need to be completed that we can often try to get by with giving only a small amount of energy. The third chapter in Colossians however is encouraging us to give our best in every area of our life. Whether it is our personal growth, our family life or even in our work we are encouraged to 'work at it with all our hearts'. I think that if we focus and give our best in the small things then it will flow through in to all the other areas of our lives.
Prayer: Lord, You are always there for us. You are watching us and supporting us in every moment. May we give You our best in every area of our life. Amen.
Is there an area in your life where you are only giving a half-hearted effort?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.