Revisiting: Well Done!

As I get ready for my first arts and crafts fair, I realized how pertinent this post is for me today. Perhaps it is one that will encourage you today as well.

“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’  Matthew 25:21

I’m miss being able to attend church.  I do, however, get an email  sermon by Bruce Goettsche.  I started reading his sermon for this week and more than once, sentences jumped out at me.  Yes, they are out of context - but so applicable to those of us with chronic illness and pain.

“This is the way life often works. In the times of greatest burden, in the very things we often initially resent, God is working to bring about the greatest blessings and effect real transformation in our lives. Keep this in mind as you face the trying times of your life.”

I need those words hanging on every wall in my house.  I’ve been trying, rather unsuccessfully to start  up a home business.  As I can no longer practice as a psychologist, I thought I could make some of my tools available online at a reasonable cost.

But, yikes!  The time involved in setting up that kind of website!  Trying to market, when marketing is not your “thing.”  Having email glitches, computer glitches, and most everything I could think of go wrong.  I was beginning to wonder if this was God’s way of telling me I was heading in the wrong direction. 

I stop wonder.  Is this happening to better me?  Will others be blessed by my efforts? 

I have to admit that at the bottom of my writing devotionals, writing books, and figuring out how to share what I have learned from working with children with emotional disabilities, is the need to feel I have made a contribution.  That has been a driving force throughout my life.  I want my life to mean something.

Further in the same sermon, I find these words.

Yet, the idea of a final judgment actually affirms the value of life! It proclaims that what we do now actually matters. The popular approach of “living for the moment” is short-sighted and ultimately diminishes the value of life because it makes it simply a mad sprint that is heading nowhere. Jesus is trying to help us see the big picture.

It is like a huge boulder has been rolled off my shoulders.  It is not what people say or think about my  writings, or the things I can create - it is about what my life looks like at the end ... to God.

That is all the reward I need.  My life will have value and meaning when I can hear the words,

“Well done, my good and faithful servant.”

I need not worry, or scurry, or try to make things happen.  God knows why I am trying to do what I am trying to do.  If I succeed - that is an added bonus.  At the end of it all - what will matter is God’s smile.

Father God, Thank you for placing words in front of me that I so desperately needed to hear.  Thank you for the people who speak and write those words.  I pray that you will bring the right word to those who need to hear them, today.  You are an amazing God.  Amen and Amen.

(My heartfelt thanks to Bruce Goettsche for presenting these thoughts.  If you are interested in finding more about Bruce and his home church, please visit Union Church online. 


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