Select Page

Everyone has a calling in life. A calling is some type of profession or work that you have a passion to perform. The Bible teaches us that “in all labor there is profit.” In one of his many inspirational messages, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “Not all men are called to specialized or professional jobs; even fewer rise to the heights of genius in the arts and sciences; many are called to be laborers in factories, fields, and streets. But no work is insignificant.”

It doesn’t matter what your calling is, God can will you to succeed in your work. For example, when you see an ant carrying a piece of bread several times larger than himself up a steep slope, it’s a study in diligence. No matter how many times he drops the bread, he goes back and picks it up, and starts climbing again until he gets it to where it’s supposed to go.

As laborers in this life, there will be times when we will have to go back and pick up from where we were and begin the mission again. God’s motivating force to labor is hunger. The ant never sees work as menial or beneath his dignity. Whether it’s moving dirt or carrying breadcrumbs, he merrily goes along doing his job. All work can and should be done for the glory of God.

Let me ask again, what is your calling? During this month, we celebrate and honor African American History Month.  Another one of Dr. King’s famous quotes is about work and one’s calling: “If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, ‘Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well’.”

So, God honor’s our labor. He blesses us to achieve the highest standard of work possible in our field. We should set an example and teach our children the old-fashioned way of getting money is by working for it. And Never Give Up! Never Give Up! Never Give Up!

By Chaplain Ghosten