The scripture reading for today is Luke 16:10.
“Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.”
When I was six, my dad told me it was going to be my job to feed the chickens. I had been going with him and watching what he did since I could toddle along but now, he was trusting me to do this important thing by myself. I can't say it was easy, or fun, often I didn't want to and sometimes the chickens would peck me or get out while I was trying to get in. But I did my job, morning and afternoon, every day. There were times when I messed up. A chicken got out or the water overflowed, or I spilled a bag of feed. I would have to go to my dad for help. A lot of times I would complain and not want to do it. But my dad wouldn't let me give up. He kept on reminding me how much the chickens depended on me and how much my job was helping him and the family. As I got older, I was expected to gather the eggs and clean the water. Then wash and sort the eggs. Then I was to help with the cows and pigs as well.
That is what this verse reminds me of. If you are faithful and hardworking and earn your employer's trust, there is a good chance that instead of a pat on the back you might just get more work assigned to you. Instead of getting down and discouraged and feeling overwhelmed, think of it as a sign of increased trust. You just might feel encouraged!
The second half, well for sure it deals with dishonesty, but not just the lying and stealing kind. It might be more subtle. Like where you don't give it your all or you take twice as long because you've been distracted on your phone half the morning. Or you leave 15 minutes early thinking no one will notice. Eventually, these things do catch up with us. Whether your employer reprimands you, a promotion passes you by or it’s just the nagging of your conscience, that you didn't do your best.
The best part of all though is that even if you fall into the second category, our Father is so loving and patient. He walks alongside us, teaching us with his word, reminds us that we all play an important part in his Family and gives us chance after chance to try again.
Heavenly Father, thank you so much for your loving patience. Forgive me for not always doing my best. Forgive me for a bad attitude and wasting time. I need your help. Let your word guide me, send mentors into my life to teach me a better way. Holy Spirit be near me always, let your presence support and protect me, so that day by day I can fulfill your will for me on this earth. Amen.
Connie Simmonds firstname.lastname@example.org
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