Work for the Good and Don’t Quit

“The farmer comes in from the barn, leaves a bucket from the henhouse at the back door with his boots. I can hear him washing up at the mudroom’s porcelain sink. He steps into the kitchen. I look up from the dishes. He’s seen it already. The man can read my eyes better than he reads the skies. Sometimes all our unspoken broken speaks louder than anything we could ever say…

He pulls me into himself, enfolds me. And then, into the quiet, he says it so soft I almost miss it…

‘You know – everything all across this farm says the same thing…The seed breaks to give us wheat. The soil breaks to give us the crop, the sky breaks to give us the rain, the wheat breaks to give us the feast…Never be afraid of being a broken thing.’ ”

“The Broken Way” by Ann Voskamp

Each day, during my devotions, I ask the same question David asked in 1 Samuel 20:1, “…What do I do now?” The Message. I am looking for direction for my day. I found my answer is these verses.

1 Samuel 22:14, 15, “…There’s not an official in your administration as true to you as David,…None more honorable either. Do you think that was the first time I prayed with him for God’s guidance? Hardly!…” The Message

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Psalms 37:27, “…work for the good and don’t quit…” The Message

My assignment:

  1. Wholeheartedly support my leaders.
  2. Do everything with honor.
  3. Seek God’s guidance, frequently.
  4. Work for the good.
  5. Don’t quit.
  6. Don’t reject the broken.

1 Samuel 22:1, 2, “So David got away and escaped to the Cave of Adullam. When his brothers and others associated with his family heard where he was, they came down and joined him. Not only that, but all who were down on their luck came around – losers and vagrants and misfits of all sorts. David became their leader….” The Message

I love our church. Many of my family members and friends attend there. There are also many new friends I have yet to meet. We are all family. My job today is to look for the broken and lead them to Jesus.

“Hurt is a contagion. When one person hurts in a family, everyone aches. And this is always the choice; pain demands to be felt – or it will demand you feel nothing at all.”

“The Broken Way” by Ann Voskamp

As you gather with your church family I challenge you to look for the broken.

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