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With All Your Heart

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters…” – Colossians 3:23, NIV

When Mary’s husband left her for another woman and refused to pay child support, she had no income. She had been a stay-at-home mom to raise their children, and now, she had to find a job even though she hadn’t worked for several years.

Mary looked everywhere and could only find a job at a factory. Without the job, her children would go hungry, so Mary took it. The job involved cleaning large industrial ovens. The factory was hot, the work involved removing stuck grime, and getting locked in one of the ovens was a very real concern for some of the workers.

At first, Mary was angry. Her anger showed in the way she approached her work. Since resignation wasn’t an option, Mary chose to change her attitude. She focused her energy on working for the Lord.

A few months later when her boss began working at another factory, he asked Mary to transfer there. He then gave her a fantastic position with excellent benefits.


Lord, help me to embrace all my tasks as work I’m doing for You. Grant me the grace to stay faithful no matter what’s going on around me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

September 3 Devotional

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