Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 4.3.18

Audio Feature

Scripture

Colossians 3:23-24 HCSB

Prayer

Father Thank You for this day.

A gift from You that I never want to take for granted.

So I will work with a clear focus that everything I do is in honor of You.

In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Reflection

Today God was working on me and helping redirect my thoughts as I was being offended and defensive of attacks from someone else. I was losing sight of the fact that God has already handled the situation, the person, and my vindication. I just need to be still and be patient.

What came from that moment with God were immediate blessings, some may see as small, but I see them as my cup filling up to run over.

So I type today’s message enthusiastically. I’m beaming with enthusiasm.

You’re probably frowning and saying to yourself, “what? Come on now, really?

Let me explain….

Did you know that the word enthusiasm was borrowed from the Greek word enthousiasmos, meaning “inspiration or possession by a god.” Enthousiasmos comes from enthousiazein which means “to be inspired“. Entheos means “from God“.

Enthusiasm entered the English language around the 17th century and for approximately 200 hundred years it was used solely in a religious context. Some time in the 18th century we embraced it from a secular context.

Inspiration from God. All of the energy stored up from God that we joyfully release and share with others.

Paul wrote a letter to the Colossians in Colossae (what is now modern-day Turkey) and told them to do everything enthusiastically, as something done for the Lord and not for man.

In a sense the intensity and effort expended is an expression of and a praising to God for what He has invested in you—what He has poured into you—what He given to you.

Enthusiasm.

God filled me up today and so I share some of it with all of you.

Enthusiastically.

You may have the dream job or career—or not—but that’s not the point. What’s most important is the effort you place in the work that you perform.

What are you pouring in or taking out of your work?

What are you pouring in or taking from the people that you work with and the customers that you’re supposed to be serving?

If you aren’t leading through service of others, then ask yourself why?

It is not only in the church that we serve. It is not just the volunteer activities in the community, that you are in service of others.

It should be each and every day that you wake.

Every single day that you go to work you should be serving your co-workers, and the customers and vendors that the company has relationships with.

Why?

Seriously, why?

Because we are reflections of God, and as His servants, we should be serving each other.

Jesus washed his disciples feet, he didn’t just sit back and let everyone wash his. Jesus showed us what being a servant leader truly means. He paid the biggest price, sacrificed the most, so the least we can do is “work enthusiastically” for the Lord. God will always reward us for our efforts.

We get what we give.

You may not like your job, your manager or your co-workers, but you need to come to work everyday and put forth an effort that overflows with enthusiasm. Because honestly, you could be without a job, homeless and living on the streets or couch-hopping from one person’s home to the next.

Consider that.

And maybe you are homeless, could you be worse off? Sure you can. You don’t need me to rattle off the what-if scenarios that you could be facing this very moment. You know them already. Be grateful for what you do have and enthusiastically walk towards the future rewards that God has for you.

Work enthusiastically.

Live enthusiastically.

Serve enthusiastically.

Pray enthusiastically.

Love enthusiastically.

Pour into others what God pours into you!

Questions of the Day

1. What would you like to add to today’s prayer and/or reflection?

2. What are your thoughts about today’s message?

3. What are your thoughts about the new audio feature provided here?

Feel free to share your answers, prayers, comments, and reflections in the comment section below. You can also send me an email at: breakingbreadwithnatasha@gmail.com

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Love always,

Natasha

Please Note: Part of today’s message was originally published on August 31, 2016. It has been modified significantly to align with current standards, formatting, and an expanded look on the Bible scripture selection.
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