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“There is nothing better than to rejoice in our work 

… for we are God’s fellow workers.”  

Ecclesiastes 3:22

1 Corinthians 3:9


At the beginning of my senior year in college one of my favorite professors died.  He taught biblical studies at a large public university back in the day when a professor could openly profess his faith in Jesus without fear of ridicule or scorn.


Dr. Boyd was a man who loved teaching.  His sudden death was a huge loss for me because I was enrolled in his Seniors Seminar with 11 other students who would meet in his home to learn about living the Christian life.  He died the day before our first class.


When I went to his funeral, my heart was heavy, drowning in grief.  The service began with his widow and children processing into the church, as we all sang “For All The Saints.”  My grief was lifted as we sang these words:

 For all the saints, who from their labors rest,

Who Thee by faith before the world confessed,

Thou wast their Rock, their Fortress and their Might;

Thou, Lord, their Captain in the well fought fight.

     (Click here to listen to this great hymn.)


As a Pastor I find peace and joy in my labors for God, especially when I see the fruit of our labors.  I seek to offer God my best.  My desire is to please Him and to serve in such a manner that He can use me to accomplish His heart’s desire.  


All of us are called to labor for God, whether we are a teacher, nurse, farmer, engineer, or the low-one-on-the-totem poll.  There is no greater position in life than to labor with God, to be His co-worker.


If your work today seems laborious, remember that God is laboring alongside of you.  Look to Him and rejoice in the task that is before you. 

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