County 14 – Niobrara County

Thank You Lord! Thank You! Thank You for blessing us with special gifts that enable us to work. There’s something to be said of a hard days work. It calibrates one’s spirit and soul to You.

As I reflect about how You teach us through the illustration of sheep, my mind takes me to this parable:

““For the Kingdom of Heaven is like the landowner who went out early one morning to hire workers for his vineyard. He agreed to pay the normal daily wage and sent them out to work. “At nine o’clock in the morning he was passing through the marketplace and saw some people standing around doing nothing. So he hired them, telling them he would pay them whatever was right at the end of the day. So they went to work in the vineyard. At noon and again at three o’clock he did the same thing. “At five o’clock that afternoon he was in town again and saw some more people standing around. He asked them, ‘Why haven’t you been working today?’ “They replied, ‘Because no one hired us.’ “The landowner told them, ‘Then go out and join the others in my vineyard.’ “That evening he told the foreman to call the workers in and pay them, beginning with the last workers first. When those hired at five o’clock were paid, each received a full day’s wage. When those hired first came to get their pay, they assumed they would receive more. But they, too, were paid a day’s wage. When they received their pay, they protested to the owner, ‘Those people worked only one hour, and yet you’ve paid them just as much as you paid us who worked all day in the scorching heat.’ “He answered one of them, ‘Friend, I haven’t been unfair! Didn’t you agree to work all day for the usual wage? Take your money and go. I wanted to pay this last worker the same as you. Is it against the law for me to do what I want with my money? Should you be jealous because I am kind to others?’ “So those who are last now will be first then, and those who are first will be last.”” Matthew‬ ‭20:1-16‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Lord I can’t help but feel that as we go about our work day, there’s a force, a spirit, an attitude – that is in waiting. It lurks in the shadow searching for an opportunity to reveal itself.

In most cases, people work with one another, meaning our jobs require us to interact with each other. And this dark energy, if You will, lies within each of us. It just lies there waiting to pounce.

I am so thankful I (get) to work Lord. There are countless blessings to find in my work day. Besides this “dark energy” lives a light – A LUMINOUS BEAM! That’s bigger than any dark energy out there.

If we are to work and live with one another, then reveal more and more of this light! The teaching of this light is also there lurking, desiring to unify a group of people.

Lord, let this light that comes from You be in our vision in the day. May we set our sights on You in work and day to day interaction with each other.

We pray for the 1,741 people who have yet to connect into a gospel church in this county. May God continue to expand, elevate and reinforce the credibility of the local church in this county.

The time to stop following the behaviors of the world have come, the time to live a new life has come! We pray in the name of Christ Jesus! Amen.

Credit photo to PrayerTrip2015

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