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“Slaves, be obedient to those who are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in the sincerity of your heart, as to Christ; not by way of eye-service, as men-pleasers, but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart” (Ephesians 6:5-6).

Being dutiful is often difficult.  We are not just to give the appearance of doing what needs to be done, but we are to be engaged in what we are doing.  When you work at another place, or volunteer, do not just go through the motions, but be there.  This is the precept, that in whatever you are called to do, do so as one who is serving the Lord.  Do all you do from your heart and the Lord will add yet more.

Lord, this is often a difficult thing to do.  I do not feel like being where I am sometimes.  Sometimes the people I am with are difficult to be around.  Help me move beyond my feelings to do what You would have me do.  Help me to have a right attitude in all things so that I may realize that whatever I do, I do as one who serves You.  Let me never roll my eyes, but roll up my sleeves and go to work for You.

Lord Jesus, while we were yet sinners, You died for us.  You have led the way in doing what needs to be done.  Guide me Lord in order that I would walk the same path and do what needs to be done.  Help me to overcome my feelings in order to do what You give me to do.  Then, help me do whatever it may be knowing that all things work together for good because of the Father’s love.  Amen