I wasn't that cold so I decided to obey God (smiles) and shovel this woman's sidewalk. My imagination ran away with me and I had her running over to our house so greatful, so happy that I shoveled her out. I would sit her down with some tea (I don't drink tea..) talk about my Jesus and how much He loves her and we'd turn out to be besties forever. Her daughter would play with my daughter and everything would be hunky dory...(laughs) that's not exactly what happened...I have a wild imagination.
The fact is nothing happened, except that God used shoveling her sidewalk as a time of learning for me. (don't you just love when that happens) You see I was looking for a pat on the back from this neighbor, when I should have been looking to God for approval. Did I do the very best shoveling job I could do for God?
How often do we do something for our spouse and get huffy because they don't notice or say thankyou? We do things for the glory of God not the glory of ourselves.
How often do we take food to a neighbor and hope beyond all hope that they like it and we rest our existence on whether they say thank you and jump for joy or not...we take food for the glory of God, not the glory of ourselves...
How often do we work extra hard at our job so our boss will notice and give us that raise we pray so hard for...we work for God, we do not work for ourselves or for man.
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.
For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10
In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in Heaven. Matthew 5:16
I know next time I do something for my husband, boss or a neighbor I will check my motives and make sure I'm serving God, not myself.