There is one word that keeps coming to my mind lately, almost on a daily basis, and that word is faithful. It's as if God has been tapping me on the shoulder to remind me to be faithful in whatever season of life I find myself, at whatever job I'm working, in whatever tasks I have to complete, and in my relationships. And since, examples of faithfulness have seemed to sprout all around me or better yet, my eyes have been opened to recognize these examples of faithfulness. From seeing my husband be faithful to his studies day and night to hearing of my friend's father retiring after 44 years of faithful service to one company, faithfulness has been ever present.
I'm sure we have all been guilty a time or two of complaining about our job or not moving up the ranks in our career or even not being recognized as being the best and brightest at a particular task. Yet, I've discovered that if we press pause on complaining and just remain faithful in whatever it is we are doing, even if we aren't currently seeing the benefits of our labor, God will reward our faithfulness. Proverbs 3:3 tells us to bind faithfulness and love around our neck and write it on the tablet of our hearts as a reminder to ourselves but also as a reminder to others that we should walk in faithfulness and love.
I'll never forget when my high school Spanish teacher decided to retire from teaching to become my high school's janitor. This gray-haired, spunky 60 maybe even 70 year old man faithfully gave all the energy he had to wash, wipe, clean, fix, whatever the task to keep the grounds of my little high school nice and neat. The greatest memory I have of him in his then new position, was that he seemed to have the same big smile and great attitude as he did when he taught his Spanish classes. What most would see as a demotion for him, he saw as another opportunity of devotion, commitment, and faithful service.
What a lesson we can all learn from my high school Spanish teacher! Whether we are a teacher or a ground's keeper, faithfully carry out the task at hand. God will honor our faithfulness and reward us accordingly. It may or may not be on this side of heaven, but we are storing up treasures and riches in heaven where moth and rust cannot destroy.
So, whether you currently find yourself as a student working on a degree, as someone working toward weight loss, or as someone who is trying to perfect their craft, keep at it. Keep working hard. Keep remaining faithful. It will pay off! Even if your boss, your teacher, or your peers don't notice your faithfulness, God does and he is taking note. In due season, you will reap if you faint not. Be encouraged!
Love, peace, and sole!