"Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart,
as working for the Lord, not for men.
Since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord
as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving." Col 3:23-24
Where did this saying "Thank God, it's Friday!" come from? I believe it is a celebration of the end of the work week, and a welcome to the weekend. For many of us, however, our work does not end at 5:00 on Friday afternoon. Many of us continue to work nights and weekends. For those with families, Friday ushers in a whole weekend of playdates, carpools, games and events, endless snacking and cleaning.
This verse tells us that whatever type of work we're doing, we should work as if Jesus is our boss. And, instead of working for a paycheck, we are working for our eternal reward. My brain just went back to the other day when we were talking about comparison. Even if I think of God as my "boss" that leads me to question if I am working hard enough? What does God expect from me?
I think all He really wants from us is that we try to do our jobs with love, and joy, and to do the best we can. It also means that we can pause and ask for help whenever we need it. It also means that we believe He has given us the opportunity to do that job, care for our children, love our partner, or clean the house.
When we stop to truly thank God for all of those things, it becomes less of a burden to do the work. I had a Pastor who used to say, "What if you woke up today with only the things you thanked God for yesterday? Wow! Did I thank God for my home, my family, my job, my car, my pet, my health... I can't imagine waking up without those things because I didn't specifically thank God for each of them.
So, yes, I'm going to thank God it's Friday! And tomorrow, I'll thank Him that it's Saturday! I'm going to thank Him for the food in the refrigerator that needs to be prepared. I'm going to thank Him for the car that need gas and a wash, I'm going to thank Him for the job I am headed to... and so on, and so on. When I choose to see the world through the attitude of gratitude, everything changes. It doesn't mean I don't have challenges, and crappy days, but it's a good reminder to stop and think about the bigger picture. If I'm doing God's work, I can do it with a little more joy, patience, and love.