From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.
My granddaughter, Virginia Rose, always wants to know, if family members are not around, where they are and what they are doing. After dropping her mother at work the other day, we are driving back to my house when Virginia begins:
"Papa's at work today."
"Giovanni's at work, too."
"We just dropped Mommy off at work, and your Daddy is working, too."
Virginia pauses for a moment. I wonder what she is pondering. Finally, she blurts out what should be the next obvious inquiry, but one I least expect: "Gammie? Work?"
Oh, how I want to explode with volcanic blasts of laughter! Do I work? Oh, yes, baby, and you can't begin to understand how hard I work. Taking care of the home, taking care of you, seeing my hopes of 500 words per day only simmering on the back burner because of precious time spent with you, dear one. And, loving every moment because God has graced me with your irreplaceable presence. So, I answer:
"Yes, Gammie works. I'm a writer."
"OhhHHhh." Virginia's sing song response assures this Gammie that she understands nothing of the process of writing, but that she is gratified in knowing her grandmother actually does something each and every day.
Makes something of her life . . .
Works. At. Something.
And, it's working!
Saint Paul reminds us of the human need to work and the power inherent within those tasks. God gives us gifts which must be recognized, embraced, and practiced. If we are to build God's kingdom in this world, it takes willing and hard-working hearts, minds, souls, and hands.
It takes determination and drive, with God's help, to build up The Body.
Can we be the supporting ligaments for the Body of Christ? Can we be joined together, building up ourselves and others in His great love?
Can we cling to God's promise, even when we feel that our contribution is small or insignificant?
Can we keep on keeping on, even when our work seems, at first take, not to be working?
Yes, we can, when we take the Lord at His word, trusting that He will see us through
Working for His kingdom, dear Virginia, working for His kingdom . . .
Do you feel that the work you do on a daily basis is satisfying or unsatisfying? Please share in the comment section.
Will you join me in prayer?
Dearest Father, may we all know and realize in our hearts, minds, and souls, that You are always with us, no matter where we find ourselves Build us up with Your love through Your grace, and help us to always do the works you have planned for us to do to build up others for the sake of Your kingdom. Amen.