A little sleep …

 
I make this, my first blog entry, at 4:11am on April 5, 2013.
 
I have been awake all night so far – attempting to complete a task due for work. It has been larger than expected requiring some elbow grease – and patience – to untangle, understand, and reassemble some code.  After spending time with the family a couple hours  {not including the commute 🙂 }

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I have been spoken to about working late – as at nights like these.
But as I work I bear in mind a few things:

Proverbs 6:10-11 (ESV)
10 A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest,
11 and poverty will come upon you like a robber, and want like an armed man.

Ecclesiastes 9:10 (ESV)
10 Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might, for there is no work or thought or knowledge or wisdom in Sheol, to which you are going.

1 Corinthians 10:31 (ESV)
31 So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

Ephesians 6:5-8 (NIV)
5 Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart, just as you would obey Christ.
6 Obey them not only to win their favor when their eye is on you, but like slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from your heart.
7 Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men,
8 because you know that the Lord will reward everyone for whatever good he does, whether he is slave or free.

Colossians tags the above verse with this line:

Colossians 3:24 (NIV)
24 since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.

I am reminded working this hard for my boss earthly boss at work is me actually working for the Lord himself.  Being a software engineer is the position God gave me, outside of my family, this is probably the biggest ministry in life, at the workplace – by doing my job.

May I work hard to succeed at the workplace, but not for my name’s sake, but God himself.  This is the vocation he has given me.