Why No Task is Menial
So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. – 1 Corinthians 10:31
A tourist was visiting Italy years ago and decided to take a tour of several old churches. He came across one that was undergoing major renovations. Much of it had been demolished, and was in the process of being rebuilt.
He walked up to three of the masons who were working on the church. In his best Italian, he asked them, “Can you tell me what you are doing?”
The first mason told him, “Yes! I’m cutting stone.”
The second smiled and said, “I’m making 1,000 lire a day.”
The third joyfully exclaimed, “I’m building a beautiful church!”
It’s amazing what a difference perspective makes. Many Christians think of their quiet time as just “reading the Bible,” when actually they’re learning what it means to walk more closely with Jesus. It’s a total different perspective!
Nothing is menial in God’s Kingdom. Every task we accomplish ultimately points to a greater purpose. So whether you’re reading your Bible, talking with a friend, or praying, remember that you’re doing much more than a simple task. You’re serving the Most High God!
Pray and ask God to help you glorify Him even in your daily routine.
Questions for Thought:
What are some tasks you sometimes find menial that really point to a higher purpose?
How can you change your perspective on your daily routine so you can better see God’s plan in it?
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My favorite senior citizens’ prayer is one I found in my 30s. I memorized this prayer – I think I was old before my time! Of course, when I wanted to share it with you, I could not find it anywhere. Today my friend Debbie emailed it to me. Thank you, Debbie.
The author is unknown – and the prayer a bit humorous, but………the points are valid for all of us over 50!
The Senior Citizen’s Prayer
“Lord, keep me from the habit of thinking I must say something on every subject and on every occasion.
Keep my mind free from the recital of endless details–give me wings to get to the point.
I ask for grace enough to listen to the tales of others’ pains. Help me to endure them with patience. But seal my lips on my own aches and pains–they are increasing and my love of rehashing them is becoming sweeter as the years go by.
Teach me the glorious lesson that occasionally it is possible that I may be mistaken.
Keep me reasonably sweet; I do not want to be a saint–some of them are so hard to live with–but a sour old person is one of the crowning works of a life gone astray.
Give me the ability to see good things in unexpected places, and talents in unexpected people. And give me, O Lord, the grace to tell them so.
Make me thoughtful, but not moody; helpful, but not bossy. With my vast store of wisdom, it seems a pity not to use it all--but Thou knowest, Lord, that I want a few friends at the end.”
Senior Citizens Prayer Books
If you are like me, you enjoy having a prayer book close by — especially on those days when the words in your mind just won’t form a prayer. As seniors, we have lived through many of life’s joys and sorrows. In our most exciting joys and in our deepest grief, we depend on prayer to express our gratitude and yes, our helplessness and defeat. I pray that you find the exact book of senior citizens prayers you need for yourself or as a gift for a friend. We can all use the power of prayer in our lives.
The Book of Prayers for the Seasons in LifeSeniors: From Your Heart to God’s EarsGod Bless My Senior MomentsChicken Soup for the Soul: Older & Wiser