♥ Heart Issues ♥ - a Devotional for Women

Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.  Proverbs 4:23
Heart Issues is a collection of devotional teachings straight from the heart of God, given during those quiet times of fellowship, to share with you.  It is our desire that, through them, you will experience God’s love and His purpose for your life.            


It was my husband’s and my turn to hand out the weekly bulletins at church.  It just so happened that our daughter and her family were visiting that same week.  Of course, our then three-year old granddaughter wanted to help.  She was so excited to hand them to the people as they came in the door.  And naturally everyone had to make sure they gave her an extra big "thank you" and tell her what a great job she was doing.

Her response?  "Thank you.  I work 'til I'm done."  Of course, everyone thought she and her comment were so cute.  But it sure got me to thinking.

I'm not always thrilled about some of the "jobs" I'm asked to do.  In fact, I must be honest and say that there have been times when I haven't finished something because I'm not "enjoying" it.  I can find all kinds of reasons why I don't really "have" to do it.  But it's interesting.   The excuses might get me out of completing the chore, but it doesn't make me happy.  In fact, I find that getting out of working actually leaves me feeling incomplete!

And here's my toddler granddaughter who already has the revelation that you just work until you're done.  No excuses for her.  Doesn't matter if it's the most enjoyable job or not.  You just do it and finish it!

The disciple John tells us in John 9:4 that, as long as it is day, we need to do the work of the One who sent us.  Why?  Because night is coming and when it comes no one will be able to work. 

My point this morning?  I don't want to someday look into Jesus' face and "see" all the times I made excuses to get out of finishing the work He asked me to do.  I don't want to come to Him "incomplete!"  I want Him to tell me that I was a good and faithful worker - that I worked 'til I was done!

From God's heart to ours…..