During Thanksgiving, we tend to thank God for the same things each year -- family, faith, health, relationships, food, shelter, income, material provisions.
I got to thinking, When is the last time we thanked God for work?
It’s usually not at the top of my list. Yes, I’ve thanked God for a paycheck, for the security of my work. But what about thanking God for the ability to work? Even the privilege to work?
We can learn much from the unemployed.
Like my friend I’ll call Lisa. Lisa is a single executive who’s been out of work for 5 years. Sure, she misses a paycheck – she’s gotten by on savings, unemployment, selling things she doesn’t need, and part-time jobs.
But you know what she really misses?
The ability to contribute. The ability to create. The ability to care and nurture.
It makes perfect sense. God is a worker. We are created in his image. Of course Lisa misses her work.
Just last week, Lisa sent me a card and a gift. I knew she didn’t have extra money, so I quickly opened the card to see what was going on.
Lisa didn’t just find a job. She found work. Good work.
And Lisa was thankful. So much that she wanted to give -- she went out of her way to thank me for my professional and personal support, even before she received her first paycheck.
Thanks to Lisa, this week I’m asking myself a new question: When’s the last time I thanked God for work?