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Icy Paint Buckets

  • He who is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much. He who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much. If therefore you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches? If you have not been faithful in that which is another's, who will give you that which is your own? Luke 16:10'12 WEB.

    It was a gray, cold morning in Myrtle Beach. The wind blowing in from the Atlantic Ocean caused the paint in our buckets to have small slivers of ice floating to the top of them. I had recently started to work with this company, and we were painting an eight-story condominium right on the oceanfront during the winter. It was the offseason after the tourists had gone home.

    I worked hard. Partly to keep warm, but mostly because I try to do everything as unto the Lord, wholeheartedly (Colossians 3:23). When a job gets difficult, I turn it into a game where I am working directly for the God who put me there until He provides a way for me to get out of there. I talk to Him about it throughout the day. If I am working at the coffee counter at church, I act as if each cup I make was for Jesus Himself.

    If you understand that you are working directly for the Lord, that He intentionally put you here to do this job today when you could have been anywhere else. Then it will give your work new meaning. Also, my dad taught me that if you focus on getting the job done, the day will go by much faster, and it is true.

    Later that day, the lead man on the crew came to me, and in a hushed, slightly embarrassed tone, he explained that I was making the rest of them look bad. They were all doing just enough to get by, and that centered around finding a corner to stay warm in. Where I had made a good show and painted nearly as much as all of them together. They intended to stretch the job out as long as possible, and even the foreman was in on it.

    The Holy Spirit groaned within me. I smiled, continued working, and began to whistle the tune from the Andy Griffith show. Within a month, I was the lead man on the crew, and that guy was on unemployment. In time, God gave me my own painting business. He that can be trusted with a little can also be trusted with a lot. If you have not been faithful in the use of that which is another's, who will give you that which is your own?

    I try to work for the Lord wherever He places me, and it's not always a bed of roses. He has put me in some interesting places, many times to reach someone there. I have dug miles of ditches if they were placed end to end. For a while, I pumped out septic tanks. I painted houses, cropped tobacco, changed automobile transmissions, polished brass, installed computer networks, wrote software applications, and played music in bands at night. If He would open the door for me, then I would step through it. Each time I was faithful in the job, He would promote me, and no one could stop it. Yet, he often closed that door and opened a new one somewhere else when the task He put me there for was complete. I would lead someone to the Lord, then get laid off, or another door would open somewhere else, and the game would begin again.

    You can thrive wherever you are and whatever you are doing. Joseph prospered while he was a slave. Then he flourished while in prison. Then he was a great success at ruling Egypt. If God put you there, work hard, and keep a positive attitude. It will lead to your promotion or something better. Your attitude at work directly reflects on the God you serve. So be faithful in what God has given you. Work hard at it, for there will be a reward in due season.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, please give me the grace to perform my best. Equip me with the skills that I need and help me make the right decisions today. Please open the next door for me and give me a clear vision. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!

    Note: 'Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God.' (Philippians 4:6-7) ~ If you have a prayer need, we are here for you! We and the prayer team are ready to lift you up at our private prayer page: RHM Prayer Network


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Debi Burton
Debi Burton Thank you Jehovah Lord for being there and guiding me thru in life...... I❤️U !
Jan 13
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Brenda F
Brenda F

Amen

Jan 13
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

In Jesus name I ask this, Amen.

Jan 13
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen

Jan 13
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker

Amen. Heavenly Father I THANK YOU for the many doors you have opened and those you have closed. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Amen

Jan 13
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

Amen thank you Father for always being there no matter what job I had and for never giving up on me, I love you

Jan 13
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

Amen 

Jan 13
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen Good Morning Everyone 

Jan 13
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Guide me dear God. Holy Spirit lead me. In the name of Jesus Amen 

Jan 13
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Amen 

Jan 13
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

Jan 13
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

Jesus please help us to make the right decisions. Amen 

Jan 13
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Cathy Webb
Cathy Webb

Thanks for this inspiring encouragement, Pastor Dion! Lord, please give me the grace to perform my best. Equip me with the skills that I need and help me make the right decisions today.

Jan 13
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Heavenly Father thank You for opening doors where You want me to be, to do my job for I'm doing it for You. Father use me as You want, I m here. In Jesus Christ name I pray, Amen. 

Thank you Pastor and Sylvia for leading us closer to our Lord, great devotional testimony. God bless you both. Amen. 

Jan 13
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Susan Petho
Susan Petho

Amen!

Jan 13
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

Amen and Amen!!! Thank you so much Pastor Dion!!

Jan 13
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Sherry McCosh
Sherry McCosh

Thank you once again for the awesome devotion. I have found this to be true in my life as well. When a new company came in and bought out the company I was working for, everyone was afraid of getting laid off. I told everyone that God had handed me this job and if He took me out of this job He would give me something better. For the three years before I got laid off I was able to listen to Christian music in my office and put up scripture in the room. I was able to talk to people about God. Then the day finally came, and I did get laid off. I was not upset because God gave me such peace that everyone wondered why I wasn't upset and thought I was just in shock. After all I had told everyone if God took me out of this job He would give me something better, and I knew He would. I looked for a job for about 3 months and was not able to find a job. We sold our house and moved to a smaller house that we could afford if I was not working full time. Then it happened my daughter needed help with the kids during the day, so I of course said yes, they offered to pay me which I felt a little bad about but for now I needed the income. Later I realized that 4 years before I had prayed to be able to spend more time with my grandchildren before they were older and didn't need my help. This was a huge answer to prayer. God is so Good! Make God number 1 in your life, and He will give you the desires of your heart, Amen.

Jan 13
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

Jan 13
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Keyana Mallory
Keyana Mallory

Amen.

Jan 13
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Yes, amen Lord 

Jan 14
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Debbie Zaleski
Debbie Zaleski

Wow! I have that same work ethic..instil.ed by my father and reinforced by my Catholic upbringing.  It has served me well...as I can be happy anywhere no matter what . I put my trust in  God and He trusts me to do His will. 

Thank you  Dion for not just talkin The Talk, but walking the walk! You and Sylvia said such a great example for us!

Jan 14
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Pranoti  Kumar
Pranoti Kumar

Amen

Jan 15