Ordinary People

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.” (Colossians 3:23-24)

Yesterday we walked along the beach. This is what we saw.

Litter polluting the Scottburgh Beach.

This morning I saw an encouraging sight. Three ladies, dressed in municipal overalls and carrying black plastic bags, were walking abreast along the beach  and picking up the litter.

A feeling of gratitude welled up in me for all the ordinary people in South Africa who pitch up every day and do their job.

We hear enough about the problem people; the scammers, the thieves, the corrupt politicians, the violent mischief-makers and the murderers. We don’t appreciate the majority of ordinary people who do their job making life better for us all. Some of them don’t earn much money and get little or no recognition.

Work is a noble human activity. In Genesis God worked to create the world. When we work, we resemble Him.

So to the ordinary workers of South Africa, those who fix cars, care for the sick, manage money, fill petrol, wash cars, keep our streets safe, man counters and telephones, teach our children, wash our clothes, advise, repair or enrich us with music or art, to those whose jobs I’ve never even heard of or thought about, I salute you.

My Prayer

Thank You Lord for all the skills and talents with which You have gifted Mankind. May everything I do be done as unto you. Amen.

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