Yet it was good of you to share in my troubles. Moreover, as you Philippians know, in the early days of your acquaintance with the gospel, when I set out from Macedonia, not one church shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving, except you only; for even when I was in Thessalonica, you sent me aid more than once when I was in need. Not that I desire your gifts; what I desire is that more be credited to your account. I have received full payment and have more than enough. I am amply supplied, now that I have received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent. They are a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God. And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.
- Philippians 4:14-19
I vow to stop a bad habit, at least I will try.
Oh, what is the habit, you ask? My, you are nosy. They’d say nebby in the Pittsburgh area. There are so many habits, but this one has to do with my present employment. I am retired, but I go to work every day. I work on this blog. I get on the computer to at least monitor blog comments if I am not researching, writing, editing, and reviewing the other people’s posts on the blogosphere. I may post a blog each day, sometimes more, but I might write three or four posts in a day and then schedule them out ahead, especially if I have an intended trip or doctor appointments. I give myself days off, only if I am ahead of schedule.
What I hope to stop doing is something that I say when asked at parties or fellowship gatherings with regard to my present employment. Here is a typical conversation:
Other person: What are you doing these days?
Me: I write a blog.
Other person: What kind of a blog?
Me: A Christian blog, but within that umbrella, I do a lot of variety in my writing.
Other person: I hear some people make good money writing blogs.
Me: Oh, I don’t get paid. …
That’s the habit, and I am wrong in saying that.
Even though I do not wish to have my blog monetized, ever, I get paid. My employer is the God of the universe, and He pays well, with lavish gifts on top of what I need.
There might even be some earthly monetary gifts here or there. There are none at present, but I can dream of them being possible. But it makes me think of Paul in the Scripture above. I have what I need. God has provided. I might love the gifts, but let God credit those gifts toward the giver.
In the future, instead of saying that I don’t get paid, I should say, “I get paid lavishly. My employer is preparing a mansion for me.”
Wouldn’t you like to work for a boss like that?!
Soli Deo Gloria. Only to God be the Glory.