Work master?


My friend, may I ask you a question? As you journey toward the day when your labors will cease, will you confidently pass down your willingness to do the hard work to others? Do you see how Christ has similarly done this for you and how you can follow in his footsteps?

My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.


There are many jobs around Beech Springs that appeal to me, and then again there are those that don’t. For example, taking the trash and recycling cans up to the road each week is something I actually look forward to. Cleaning them out once the truck has come to empty them I don’t. I love cutting down trees but I particularly dislike stacking the wood. There was a time when my son was around more and I could assign some of the more unfriendly tasks to him, reserving the friendly ones for myself. For the most part those days are gone. One of the things that I’ve noticed however is that the tasks I dislike carry with them a bit of nostalgia which makes them a bit more palatable. As I do them they remind me of a time when my Dad also did them. Some were just as disagreeable to him as to me, but he did them anyway. As I pick up that hose to clean out the trash bin or tediously stack those split pieces of wood I remember the man who taught me how to work and feel a sense of purpose as I walk in his steps. My master he will always be in this sense and I will never cease to look for the dint of his trudging steps in my life.

As I pass on my work ethic to my son and, hopefully, he to his, the chain of tutelage will continue. The distasteful jobs will taste better and the rough jobs rendered smoother. Such is the nature of tutelage when it’s connected–master to tutor and so on. We all journey on toward the day when work will cease. Until that time the labor will bless us as it did the masters before us with a sense of purpose and the will to do hard things for the sake of passing on both the skill and the character of those who passed before us.

There’s an old saying that “Nothing makes a man work like being ‘debt propelled.’” (unknown) The debt we owe to those who taught us how to do the messy jobs, the tedious ones and the downright smelly ones, is quite real. There’s probably no greater blessing in life than to have worked with someone who was not afraid to sacrifice their comfort and time so that we could know how to become more devoted to work: satisfying or not. I’m thankful for a Dad who did this for me and I pray my son will look back someday and feel the same way. Our relationship with Jesus is no different in this sense–although he isn’t asking us to do his work, he is asking us to journey with him in his work. “We are going to Jerusalem . . . (Luke 18:31.) He told his disciples. They would follow and know the value of the work he was completing, and they would take that tutelage and, learning from the Master, apply it in their missionary lives. Jesus asks the same of us. Let us go to Jerusalem and witness the sacrifice and, in turn, go out and tell others of our Savior’s work. It will be hard at times, even sacrificial, but as masters of his message we can do no less than tutor those who come after us until such time that we labor no more and pass the debt on to them.

We pray. Heavenly Father, thank you for giving us a Savior who shares his laborious journey with others so that they and we might know how to do the work. Forgive us when we feint in the work you ask of us and fail to make Jesus the Master of our labors as you intended him to be. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!

Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don’t let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.

If you have a special prayer request, please send your request to “This Passing Day!” <markcbrunner@thispassingday.com> God bless you for Jesus sake.

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