Dairy fresh, God holy?

My friend, may I ask you a question? When we put our labors into the right perspective, does the work remains under control and purposeful? If God uses what we do for His purposes; whether that be milking the cows or transporting the milk to the dairy, is that what we should be working toward in our lives?

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

I once heard a friend of mine say,“The hardest thing about milking cows is that they never stay milked.” Day in and day out, repetition is the life of the dairy farmer. The tasks of maintaining, producing and doing it all over again the next day, are never ending. Whether that be a Sunday or a holiday, the cows come first. They always need to be milked.

If a dairy farmer doesn’t keep a positive attitude and employ diligence, the whole thing will fall apart in a flash. Yet, repetition and sameness have a way of undermining attitude and diligence when the cow’s needs, apparent as they seem, become all too familiar, even unimportant in a way. The perspective on what makes a dairy farm tick can become pretty blurred when “the cows never stay milked.”

If you’re into bumper-sticker philosophy, you’ve probably seen the axiom, “I owe, I owe, so off to work I go.” For a vast portion of the workforce, that’s the best reason they can muster for going to the job each day. According to one poll, only 43 percent of American office workers are satisfied with their jobs. In Japan, the figure dips to 17 percent. Yet, a significant and often overlooked way that we serve God is in our everyday tasks. Martin Luther understood this when he wrote, “The maid who sweeps her kitchen is doing the will of God just as much as the monk who prays -- not because she may sing a Christian hymn as she sweeps but because God loves clean floors. The Christian shoemaker does his Christian duty not by putting little crosses on the shoes, but by making good shoes, because God is interested in good craftsmanship.” (Our Daily Bread, September 5, 1994.)

In this respect, work, in and of itself, is noble. The nobility of what we do in this life is never founded in the results of that work. Rather, the true nobility of work rests in the fact that we have it to do and put our very best effort into it no matter what the result of that labor might be. Our task as workers is not to continually examine why we work. Rather, a better task would be to consider continually how we work. When we put our labors into the right perspective, the work remains under control and purposeful. God uses what we do for His purpose; whether that be milking the cows or transporting the milk to the dairy. He observes our efforts even those small and repetitious ones and puts His personal stamp of glory on the results of that labor. The milk may be dairy fresh, but the ultimate product is holy.

We pray. Heavenly Father, Lord, we surrender our lives to you. We want to do something, to make something happen, all on our own strength, but we know without You we can do nothing. We know our life is not our own, it is Yours to work through us. Lord, we are grateful for this life You’ve given us. You’ve blessed us with different gifts and talents. Help us understand how to cultivate those things to bring glory to Your great name. Amen. 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.

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<markcbrunner@thispassingday.com> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.

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