Anna Lee reports:
A Piedmont woman who scratched off a $250,000 lottery win plans to retire within a year and do what she's always wanted — be a greeter at Walmart.
“I don’t know why, but all my life I’ve wanted to work at Walmart,” she told South Carolina lottery officials Friday. “I think it would be fun to try.”
The way most of us earn a living, and the way we would prefer to do so are seldom the same. That was certainly the case with this woman, until she won the lottery. Finally, with the help of a windfall, her dream of becoming a Walmart greeter become a reality.
But there is a spiritual windfall that provides us all with an even greater dream of serving God in our work. The gift of salvation not only brings redemption to our souls, it can even redeem our labor when it is rendered “as unto the Lord.” Regardless of our vocation, we can find joy and reward in serving Jesus, no matter how menial the task.
One day, the curse placed on Creation will be reversed, the lion will lay with the lamb, and we will be free from compulsive labor. Freed to do what we were made to do, our joy will finally be complete. Until then, our consolation is that the most important part of our work, the motive behind it, is restored in Christ.
“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him” (Colossians 3:10).
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters” (Colossians 3:23).