Our scripture today is Philippians 2:14-18.

Do all things without grumbling or disputing, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain. Even if I am to be poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrificial offering of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all. Likewise you also should be glad and rejoice with me.

Paul tells us that we need to act “without grumbling or disputing” (v. 14). We certainly need to hear and heed this today. We are surrounded by negative communication it seems, and we must ensure it doesn’t become part of our lives. God wants us to perform our tasks with energy and joy.

While our labor is necessary for our needs and those of others, we should see our work in the world as a gift from God. It is a chance to participate in His plan, to be part of the advancement of the kingdom. We are called to use our skills to be good stewards of all the resources we have been given.

In addition to the things our work may produce, doing it cheerfully sends a message to those around us. Attitudes are contagious. God has things for all of us to do and we can accomplish them together with gladness.

Gracious God, in Your wisdom You have given us work in our world, that we might help make it a better place for all. May we do all things for You and each other. In Your name we pray. Amen.

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