“Do It With Joy”

“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.” – Colossians 3:23

Y’all know two of my passions are running and my dog Murphy. Combine these two, and the day just got better. As a matter of fact, the only one who enjoys that combination more than I is Murphy himself.

He waits for me to give the signal, and takes off like he has been shot from a cannon.  Even though we usually run the same routes, he acts like it is just the greatest thing. He bounds over hedgerows, chases squirrels and birds, explores, and generally just has a big time with great enthusiasm.

As I watched him the other day, I realized how much joy it brings me to watch him go all out. Whether it is chasing a squirrel, playing with a stick, or just running along, he acts like there is not one single thing he’d rather be doing.

Then it dawned on me, that’s how God expects to approach life. Certainly the “missional” things we do as a part of our calling as Christians are to be approached with enthusiasm; but the verse above (and several others), remind us it is to be that way in EVERY thing we do.

So often we let routine, boredom, and drudgery creep in to steal our joy and passion for life. There is no one to blame for that but ourselves. No one can control your attitude but you. As the old saying goes, we can’t control the wind, but we can adjust our sails.

It’s a brand new day, make it a great one by doing everything as if unto God.

My prayer is for the joy and enthusiasm of the Lord to fill every aspect of your life.

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4 Comments on ““Do It With Joy””


  1. Thanks so much Bob. Just returned from puppy class with such frustrations. And after I read your blog it dawned on me.God made people to be people and dogs to be dogs.

    I’m trying so hard to make her fit into a human world that I’m forgetting her way of life that God made Sophie – a dog. And it’s my attitude that is the only thing I have control over.

    Thank you for your blessing. And it was well written.

    • rebrev Says:

      Thank you, Monique. Murphy and I are supposed to be going to class next month. Even though he is two, he still has so much puppy left in him. He is a great dog, just has a couple issues we need to work on. We’ll be following your adventures with Sophie.

  2. Nikki Says:

    I wish you knew the perfect timing of this little piece of joy. Thanks. Good job. Yay God.


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