683) Whatever You Do…

If it falls to your lot to be a street sweeper, sweep streets like Michelangelo painted pictures, sweep streets like Beethoven composed music, sweep streets like Shakespeare wrote poetry.  Sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will have to pause and say: “Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.”

–Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Colossians 3:23  —  Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.

I Corinthians 10:31  —  Whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

Ephesians 4:1b  —  …I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.

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Almighty God, you have so linked our lives with one another that all we do affects, for good or ill, all other lives:  So guide us in the work we do, that we may do it not for self alone, but for the common good: and, as we seek a proper return for our labor, make us mindful of the rightful aspirations of other workers, and arouse our concern for those who are out of work; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.  Amen.

–Book of Common Prayer

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