“Stop saying how hard it is doing good work, instead of saying look how much fun it is when you have completed the hard work with excellent quality. ~ Jon Barnes
Your quality of work is personal between you and God, with no place to hide. Match your focus with God’s intentions and you will find success and happiness. Focus your attention on money, fame, power, and fortune to find failure and emptiness. This is a personal choice and I’m happy with what you choose for yourself.
It is hard for me to be lazy and not do a Good Job, as if God is still in the room watching me practice, study, read, pray, play, work, or think. My mind keeps God close in the Room, the devil is nowhere to be found! When I turn on my TV, that is a whole different story. As a result, I turn on the TV sparingly, as needed. That struggle is real, so I just turn it off!
Life is so much easier when I just do the Good Work and allow God to help, lead, and guide my day with excellence. I come up with the best ideas, while helping, mentoring, and coaching others to fight off evil vibes. Let us not get stuck in the mud with negative talk, irrelevant questions, and lazy thinking. Act out the right choices with God’s patience and practices.
Do you enjoy the Helpful Hints of others, when God is trying to communicate with you or are you stuck in the mud of your past ignoring today’s assignments, goals, and focus?
Enjoy today’s reading.
Closing Appeal for Steadfastness and Unity
4 Therefore, my brothers and sisters, you whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, dear friends!
2 I plead with Euodia and I plead with Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord.3 Yes, and I ask you, my true companion, help these women since they have contended at my side in the cause of the gospel, along with Clement and the rest of my co-workers, whose names are in the book of life.
4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
Thanks for Their Gifts
10 I rejoiced greatly in the Lord that at last you renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you were concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it.11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
14 Yet it was good of you to share in my troubles.15 Moreover, as you Philippians know, in the early days of your acquaintance with the gospel, when I set out from Macedonia, not one church shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving, except you only;16 for even when I was in Thessalonica, you sent me aid more than once when I was in need.17 Not that I desire your gifts; what I desire is that more be credited to your account.18 I have received full payment and have more than enough. I am amply supplied, now that I have received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent. They are a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God.19 And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.
20 To our God and Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
21 Greet all God’s people in Christ Jesus. The brothers and sisters who are with me send greetings.22 All God’s people here send you greetings, especially those who belong to Caesar’s household.
23 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.[a]