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How To Work For Free: Sacrificing It All.

By Jenrene
“Scripture: Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” Galations 6:2 red sea quote 2 When I  ponder upon the term:” Working for free”… I think of my first internship at Howard University,  while working on my Masters at  John Hopkins Hospital. It was my  very first  challenging “crisis  work, as a medical social worker and I was terrified. I had never felt so inadequate. I  felt as if I couldn’t  be what I needed to be – for my client in the field of social work, but I was excited and  thrilled to be working at John Hopkins, and  challenged myself anyway, do it… I knew I could … with God’s help. It was my first  job in   the field and in a hospital setting;  and I was in Baltimore, Maryland. My first counseling job that seemed to be too hard to do without worry.
I  was counseling a thirteen year old  parent with twins and her parents. I recall her parents being so angry with her,  I felt as if they couldn’t see that this was such a humongous turning point in her life, it  and the entire situation would either make or break her, and she would from this point on life determine whether she could ask for help freely, from anyone,  decide whether she was loved by family or rejected; and determine whether or not she was worthy of being a good mother. I didn’t want them to judge her although at this age , motherhood may be a  major inconvenience, cause I knew God could use this too, for His Glory. I wanted  in that moment to  reach out to her desperately and help her soul. ( Her mind, will and emotions.) I could only imagine how bleak her future may have seemed,  based on her outlook a the age of 13.   I guess that’s essentially when I became a “true burden-bearer” at work. I cared so much about her  and had compassion for her situation,  Not knowing what to say to her, or do…I remember at that moment praying and asking God to help me be the best social worker I could ever be, for Him. It’s like at that very moment I decided to tabernacle with God, and make  my life’s work an altar for him to come in and “alter” my own soul. I allowed my soul to be the place in which he could change me, develop me, shift m priorities, and in that very moment, I invited Him into my work.  If my life  were to be a work of divine influence and transformation, by working with people –  I wanted His light to shine through me as I helped His people. As I searched for meaning with the word “alter”  by definition, I  found words like: ” transform,  shift, develop,  or change”.  This indeed was my charge: I had decided  early on in my career, I was called to do this work of  changing lives. The call to social work, was the type of field I was to influence and help wounded soldiers;  the type of work hat healed emotions and  soothed souls. This was my work. I  even saw I mirrored the life of Jesus:  He was the type of person that did the same, Jesus.  He was the best social worker there ever was, and he implemented His job with the greatest care and  the greatest compassion and character there ever was. I learned a humongous lesson, during my early years that laid the foundation for  “free work”. Although I received a paycheck, I was living a my calling and this work helped set others free. As I notice the  influence and trail I have left behind, I realize I  have been very blessed with a career full of  wonderful options and divine encounters with God through my work and I have learned  a few valuable lessons along the way:
1. That  God’s work is my work. I learned early on, I couldn’t do work without God. He needs me, to complete the work, and I needed Him to give it to me to be fulfilled in it. This  incident began a  career of fully offering my life to God, through my work. I believe it has blessed me significantly to finally end up in a place of becoming an entrepreneur and fully loving what I do. 2. That I should never take  anyone for granted that crosses  my path. It may be an opportunity to work for God. Believing that every opportunity and every  situation  I experience is already  determined by God and sent ahead for me, comforts me. It leaves an imprint of peace upon my life;  and when I was  discouraged or uncertain about my career and  unable to  be guided clearly. 3. That Compassion that has an arm rest named: Jesus. Whenever I feel like I am vulnerable and cannot  figure out where I am going and what God would have me to do, I will  call on Him for help. I have not ceased to do this, and as I do, God manages to preserve me. I have a certain kind of strength need to help me through any challenge, any story and any  valley as it pertains to  my career. Freedom in your work involves an offering. A sacrifice. Making a sacrifice for what is really good and has lots of potential.  And determining in you heart what that goodness really is… must be  the center of what your work involves.  It as a wonderful grace  flow when you allow God  to  be in the center of it, continually. God is  simply always looking for a sacrifice.  And if we make that altar  or “alter ” our lives,  for the work, then we have an amazing chance to live it for His glory. Questions for reflection: 1 Has God ever prompted you to give more  on your job and turn it wholly over to Him? 2. If you have struggled with this decision, have you ever given that exact challenge unto God, then took it back? 3. Abraham had to sacrifice his own will and his good pleasure, His son –  at a time when he just seemed to  fall apart with the idea of what did not make any sense at all. Is there something in your life that does  not make sense, yet you  determine  in your heart to follow through, because the work and impact for Him,  may be just be that much greater? Father, we  humbly submit our wills to you, as we struggle with  the notion that  we may not know the full essence of what you are offering us when you say, “Feed My Sheep.” If we mumble or complain a bit too loudly,  please forgive us and help us to  surrender all the more.  Help us to realize how we are called to transform, shift, develop,  or change.  This link was encouraged by The High Calling, A Christian online magazine about work. They minister to me regularly.

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