Each week, we share some words of reflection written by of our partners in the form of a devotional. This week’s devotional was written by Megan Jackson.

The Word:
“Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve.” Colossians 3:23-24 (NASB)

The Story:
There are often mornings I wake after another night of little sleep.  I have been working long hours for years and am feeling burnt out.  Many days, I get up early and stay late to take care of others when I desire to be at home taking care of my family. I often arrive early to work to meet my first patients.  Some days are stressful and I become frustrated, questioning why I work hard and sacrifice, yet feel unappreciated. During trying moments, I challenge myself to change my heart so that I don’t begin having negative feelings. I recognize that God has placed me in the position I am in to care for people at vulnerable periods of their life.  Although I may feel disappointed by others, I should aim to please God and seek His approval only.

The Reflection:
If we can demonstrate patience and love to those whom we have difficulties with, what greater show of God’s love can we display?  What drives our service to others? Can we love and serve others even when we feel offended?  How can we learn to not only temper our behavior, but also show a spirit of love no matter what circumstances we encounter?

The Application:
Regardless of our occupations, we have all had to deal with frustrating situations. There will always be those that we feel mistreated by.  We can all be kind to those who are kind to us.  The true measure of our character comes out at times when others test our patience and integrity.   Let us strive to be steadfast and righteous despite whatever circumstances we are presented.  Let us be reminded that whatever we encounter throughout the day, it is nothing compared to the persecution, humiliation and abuse that Jesus endured for us.

The Prayer:
Lord help us to serve Your people for You only.   Give us humble and pure hearts that we may show love and grace to Your people as You have shown to us.  Bring to our remembrance the abundant mercy You have towards us when we don’t obey You.  Let us serve You and others unselfishly and wholeheartedly.  We ask that You keep us grounded daily in You and Your ways that we may be worthy representatives of you.  Amen.