Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart,
as working for the Lord, not for human masters ...
~ Colossians 3:23
Reality T.V. shows abound in these days of existential living. I confess, there are a few that I enjoy - shows like Extreme Home Makeover, Say Yes to the Dress & American Idol. But my favorite just has to be Undercover Boss.
Having worked most of my life, and having had responsibility for sizable numbers of people, I recognize that not all bosses have a clue about what really happens in the warp & whistle of day-to-day business, or even ministry. So it is that I'm fascinated when business owners, corporate presidents & board room executives set aside their Louis Vuitton shoes for work boots.
The shows premise: A high ranking executive of a major business goes incognito (and undercover) to work among the rank & file. There they witness the true dynamics at play and get to meet the people that make up the gears of their enterprise.
It's funny. There's plenty of story line, and often employees say or do something utterly hysterical, or wrong - - not knowing who is witnessing their faux pas (or worse).
Mostly it's heart-warming. The executives meet people who are faithfully, humbly & skillfully carrying out their work - - never for a moment thinking there's any reward beyond their paycheck, and completely unaware of who is their witness.
As the show ends, the executive introduces their REAL self, often with tears because of how touched they've been by the individual they're addressing. It is then that he/she lavishes some reward - paying off a debt, a promotion, providing for a college tuition, cash bonus, etc. - on the now incredulous employee.
I cry every time.
I also realize that it's exactly what's happening in my own life, 24/7.
As I go throughout my day, accomplishing this or that (or not), there are a set of eyes witnessing it all. Whether my work be behind the counter at McDonald's, in the laundry room at home, in the executive offices of a business, or ministering in a church, it is work that has been given unto my hands for a purpose.
Nothing is too insignificant or grandiose to warrant anything other than my very, humble best. Or, as Oswald Chambers would say: My utmost of His highest!
Just recently I undertook a significant doing. As the day wrapped, I felt a little discouraged, let down. As I probed beneath the surface of my attitude, it was then that His still small voice asked: "So tell me Kathleen, who was it you were serving in this endeavor?"
Right then & there the Undercover Boss of my life reminded me that He saw it all. My efforts had not been in vain, nor had they gone un-noticed.
It was reward enough.
Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do
for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.
~ Matthew 25:45
So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do,
do it all for the glory of God.
~ 1 Corinthians 10:31
And whatever you do, whether in word or deed,
do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks
to God the Father through him.
~ Colossian 3:17