One of the best ways to exercise your faith is to turn your “work” into “love.” Jesus says, “no one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends” (Jn 15:13). Our daily work, our daily routines, our daily tasks at home, of caring for our family and/or going about our job simply looking forward to the weekend, TGIF (Thank God It’s Friday), is not where God’s will and desires are; it’s not where true peace, love and joy are found. We have to approach our work at home as a way to lovingly “lay down our lives’” for those who are dearest to us. We are called to have the attitude that our daily tasks/chores are beautiful ways in which we can be self-giving. We have to realize that those jobs we wake up to in the morning are opportunities to love and be loved. For almost thirty years, Jesus sweated and was exhausted in a carpenter’s shop in Nazareth. Mary and Joseph did it for even longer, as they took care of the household chores and reached out to their neighbors. Your life and/or your work may not be the most exciting thing in the whole world to do; chores may be even more boring. There will be temptations from other’s around you that will drive you wild. It is when you turn up the volume on your love at home and/or at work that God’s idea of love becomes your idea of love. And when work becomes love … ah … it is then that in your sacrifices you will discover the depth of lasting peace, love and joy.


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