what is that you “do”

What is that you do? We all do something? Many people have a very specific skill set or giftedness and they use it well. Like an athlete or a public speaker. But I am talking about something a little bit different.

I am talking about whatever it is that you do.

For instance, just recently while doing the graveside service for a funeral, an older gentleman who has been in the funeral business for many years introduced me to one of the best grave diggers around. This older fella was bundled up in coveralls and his health is beginning to fade, but he has dug thousands of graves over the past 50 years. Thats what he does. He may not be able to do much more. He may do so much more. I honestly have no idea. But he does know how to dig graves.

Another example is a lady I remember from high school who is a teacher. She is such a good true and faithful teacher. She cares about the kids. She knows her subjects. She is very professional. She does teaching well. Thats what she does. She teaches.

Another example is my father. My dad has been in the box-making-business since he graduated high school. He is about to turn 60. He began at age 18. He is going on 42 years of making corrugated board. Thats what he does. Now I know my dad well, and I know that he can do many things well. But I also know that he would never ever like public-speaking. He would never ever like shopping or being into fashion. He would never like to be a teacher. There are many things he does not do. But when it comes to making boxes, boy can he do it. Everything there is to know or do about corrugated board, my dad can do it and do it well. Thats what he does.

What is that you do? Do you even do anything?

Here is the point I want to make: I am learning more and more that often life and faith is not so much about what we are doing but instead how we are doing it.

What is that you do? Whatever that is… maybe you are a dentist, a janitor, a coach, a carpenter, a mentor, a weightlifter, a receptionist, an accountant, a stay-at-home-mom or dad, a lawyer, a teacher, a student, or maybe you are even unemployed, or whatever is that you are doing…


That is so essential life. I know a grave digger who does it well. I know a teacher who does it well. I know a box-maker who does it well.  So think about this…. What do you do? But more than that… Do you do that thing well?

“Whatever you hand finds to do, do it with your might” Ecclesiastes 9:10

“Whatever you do… do it all to the glory of God” 1 Corinthians 10:31

“Whatever you do, work heartily” Colossians 3:23

I am thankful for a mom and dad who taught me to never do anything half-way or half-heartedly (you may have heard folks say another half-____). And now that I am follower of Jesus, I am thankful that God tells me the same. Whatever it is that I do, do it with all I got.

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