Laboring For The Lord

“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.”

1 Corinthians 15:58

As a kid, I always looked forward to summer as I knew there would be no more school or parent-teacher conferences. I was guaranteed not to get a bad report card, and I did not have to get up early for school. I knew there would be chores I would have to do, but this paled in comparison to having to do school work. I would have time to read the books I wanted to read, and I could play basketball to my heart’s content. I could also work on my tan, and I looked forward to camp in the summer.

As I became a teenager, I still looked forward to summer as I was able to do the things I wanted and I was still haunted by those poor report cards. I would get up from time to time and make a mean breakfast big enough for two people that I consumed myself. I would walk over to Hickman’s Farm to get some eggs, chorizo, and bacon, and I can still smell those delicious breakfast aromas. Many have said that breakfast is the most important part of the day, but it certainly not the best part of one’s life.

I wasted many summers of my childhood that I now wish I could go back and change, but the clocks of time are never reversed. My son decided to go to camp all last summer to serve, and I missed him terribly. That was the first time he had been gone for so long, but I was proud of him that he was not wasting his summer like I often did. He was away for almost two months and he served on the kitchen staff and filled other roles in which he was needed. We saw him grow up that summer, and we saw God work in his life. He was exposed to great preaching, and he also got a chance to lead someone to the Lord. While we wished we could have had him home for his “last” summer, we were grateful for the step he took in choosing to work at camp last year, and he is serving again this summer.

Also this summer, my youngest daughter, Kate, chose to work at camp for the summer as she did a two-week stint last year and she loved it. She met many friends there and wanted to go back and serve for the whole summer. She was excited to go and then the night before leaving, the thought of being gone for the whole summer hit her all at once. You sometimes question your decisions right before you have to take the first step, but as it has been said,”Never doubt in the night what God has shown you in the light.”

We took the four-hour drive to camp and they both were greeted by friends who were happy to see them, and I got a little teary-eyed as I was grateful for this warm welcome. I do not know exactly what God will do in their lives this summer, but I know He will work in their lives if they will submit themselves to Him. I am proud of them for giving their summer to labor for the Lord, and I am excited to pick them up after the summer and hear what God has done in their lives. What we do for the Lord is not forgotten by Him, and only eternity will be able to tell the impact this summer will have. I pray that my kids will be steadfast in their work for the Lord, and I pray that they will labor for the Lord for the rest of their lives.

How are you spending your summer? What spiritual goals do you have in mind? Have you “retired” from the work of the Lord? Do you look for the summer to rest from the work of the Lord or do you look for opportunities to labor for Him? God will use those who are willing to be used of Him. He will give you the skills needed to do His work, and your labor for Him will never be in vain. May we work for the Lord and His kingdom, and may our lives be dedicated to serving Him.

Stay in the Fight!

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