Derek Jeter, of the New York Yankees, is acknowledged by some to be one of the greatest shortstops who ever played baseball. One day a reporter asked him, "What's the best advice your father ever gave you?"

Came the quick reply, "Don't let anyone ever outwork you!"

It was hard, relentless work over many years that led Jeter to the pinnacle of his profession. And it is that same hard work that keeps him there and a model that many seek to follow. His efforts have rewarded him lavishly and brought him fame and fortune.

There are some of us, however, who work just as hard but get relatively little recognition. No one sees us and no one knows how hard we labor. We may even wonder if what we do really matters to anyone.

But it does, at least to God. One day He will reward us in front of everyone for our efforts.

Prayer: Help us, Father, to realize that You will reward each one of us for all that we have ever done. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture: Ephesians 6:7-8 with goodwill doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men, knowing that whatever good anyone does, he will receive the same from the Lord, whether he is a slave or free.
The captain of a large ship and his chief engineer got into an argument as to which of them was more important in operating the vessel. Failing to come to an agreement, they decided to swap jobs.

The Chief went to the bridge and the Captain went to the engine room.

It wasn’t long before the Captain called the Chief and said, “I can’t make her go any further.”

“Of course you can’t,” said the Chief. “I’ve run her aground!”

God has given each of us special skills. He wants me to do what He has equipped me for and called me to do. And He wants you to do what He has equipped and called you to do.

Your place is different from my place, but it is just as important. In God’s sight, it is not about prominence, but performance. There will always be someone who looks more important than we do. However, we usually measure ourselves and others by the world’s standards. The Christian must look to and wait upon the Lord for what He wants us to do.

Prayer: Father, let me be satisfied with being the person You want me to be and do the things that You chose for me to do. May I be content with who I am, but not satisfied until I am doing what You have chosen for me. In Your Name, Amen.

Scripture for Today: 1 Corinthians 12
Read 1 Corinthians 10:17 TLB

He was a poor boy, and when he graduated from high school he didn’t expect a gift. Yet he received one he never forgot.

While others got clothes and cars, he got a quarter. “Buy a newspaper,” said his father, “and read it. Then turn to the classified section and get a job.”

He got a job, and became famous. “A greater gift,” he said, “I couldn’t have received.”

A job is your best friend. It supplies your needs and supports your family. It develops your body and disciplines your mind.

Base men despise it. But believers delight in it, doing everything for the glory of God.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, help me to do each task well, so that there will be no loose ends, no things half-done or undone in my life. Make me a better Christian. I ask that everything that I do may be to Thy glory: through Christ, our Lord and Savior. Amen.
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