Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters. (Colossians 3:23 NIV)
There were times when I went to my business and thought to myself; these students are getting on my nerves, I do not have to put up with this, I can go work in a hospital with less headache. It was thought, but it was nothing that I let come out of my mouth. The class was a little unruly, but the business was not, I did not have “a mutiny on the ship.” I would then shift gears, and begin to think about how God had blessed me with this assignment and everything is not about money. It became paramount that I did the best that I could, for one, that God would get the glory, two, so that I could sleep well at night because my business is not grant funded and if I was providing a much-needed service, I was determined to do the best job possible. Point number three, I was training people to take care of the sick and the elderly, and I wanted my training program to have a good reputation, and it does; to God be the glory. I believe that I have kept these three components’ over the past twenty years since opening the training program in 1997.
There were times that I needed to focus on God, instead of the class, so that I could give the best of myself. On occasion, there was a spoiled group. There is a scripture that says in doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head, and the LORD will reward you. The scripture means returning good with evil. Regardless of how they conducted themselves, I needed to show them complete professionalism. The students would eventually humble themselves and see that I was serious about the importance of entering someone’s home, nursing home and hospital and taking care of a vulnerable population that depends on you to care for them with morals values and ethics. The scriptures also state, finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things. My good thing was making sure the sick, frail and elderly were going to have someone to respect their property and their person. I thought about my frail senior’s as good things that gave me the most joy. There is a song we sing in church that says “when you have done the best of your service he will say (meaning God) well done.” Look for the well done from God, not man. God, bless you.