*A farmer, who had five sons, left them a list of jobs to do when he went away to market, organising the workload according to each son’s strengths and abilities.
Coming home he found that four of them had finished all their duties and done them well, but the fifth son had only done a few of his allotted tasks. This resulted in there being a neglected spot – a dropped stitch – which was there on the farm for everyone to see.
If we neglect to do the work that God in his wisdom has assigned to us, there will be a blank space in the Father’s great plan that will show up for eternity.
There is so much to do in this world and everyone is needed to help in the doing of it. There is something for every one of us to do.
Ecclesiastes 9:10 (NIV)
“Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the grave, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom.”
… “Do it with all your might” implies putting our whole heart, and our back, into our work. It expects us to do it in a way that anticipates our making a success of it.
God has a job for each one of us that comes into the world. This means that the world is going to be a little better by our having come into it, or it could be made worse. Which one will it be?
No one can do the work allocated by God to someone else, as everyone has been given all the work they can do. We shouldn’t think we are adding to our own load when we fulfil the command to bear one another’s burdens. I am supposed to help you with your burdens; that is part of my work and duty. In the same way, you are supposed to help me. We need each other…
Everywhere Jesus went, he left evidence that he had gone that way. What are we leaving along the way to show in the years to come that we have passed this way? Are we planting flowers and sunshine to lighten other people’s hearts? …
…pay as much attention to helping a child get the knot out of a piece of string as we would in building a fine cathedral. Leave some footprints here on the sands of time; in the years to come they may guide someone to doing something great and noble!*
today’s meditation from Rev. Mike Endicott of The Order of Jacob’s Well