It was nice having a break today, compliments of the snow that fell last night. But tomorrow it is back at it, running the race that is ours to run with endurance and faithfulness. A break is a very good thing if the rest results in renewed effort as we go back to the old grind of life. But with some the break creates a break in momentum, and they get in the race with less enthusiasm and even a bit of resentment to their particular lot in life. At this point it is important to coach ourselves with good self-talk to be grateful for all that God has blessed us with, especially our job, our responsibilities, our family, and our disciplines.
A key part of my self-coaching and self-talk is reciting in my mind verses I have memorized, and one of my key ones is Colossians 3:23-24 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.
I turn that verse into a prayer to God for strength and a commitment to God to be faithful. “Dear Lord, today I will do everything heartily as I work to please You in all that I do, please help me to do that. I am looking forward with great anticipation to the day I see You for the first time, I will work and live today as if it is the last one I have before I stand before You, and I want with all my heart for Your words to me to be “well done, good and faithful servant”. Please grant me Your strength today to serve You with great passion and success. I love You!