Serving with Heart

Serving with Heart

“I entreated Your favor with my whole heart; be merciful and gracious to me according to Your promise.” -Psalm 119:58

I went to the Toyota dealership to get an oil change for my car. It was a rainy day, and I was late for my appointment. I was met by a very friendly-looking gentleman with with a warm smile who promptly greeted me as I drove up.

As I got out of the car, he attentively listened to my needs. There was no problem with my request, even if it wasn’t a costly service. “Certainly,” he said. “We can get that taken care of for you…”

The cool thing was he didn’t do it with a plastered-on smile, he didn’t do it because he had to, (you can tell when someone is ready to retire and live on a beach somewhere), and he didn’t do it out of heartless deferral to a job description. No, it was easy to see, he did it because he found joy in helping people. No matter if it wasn’t the greatest job, no matter if it wasn’t the best day outside due to the rain, he was cheerful, helpful, and authentic. I was so refreshed by that!

God wants us to live out our jobs and callings this way. We should be like a cold drink of water in a desert, a feast in the midst of famine, and salt in the midst of decay.

How are you living out your call or current occupation? Could you say it’s being lived out with heart? Ask the Lord to help you have a joy for what you do… even if the situation is less than perfect.

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