My Favorite Work Hat

IMG_0758I inherited a great work hat from my father-in-law. He was a hard working man and had a lot of work hats. Practically all of us who were at his home after his going home service (some people call it a funeral) took at least one of his work hats home with them. I took two. My favorite is one that is bright red, stays on my head easily because of the velcro in back and says “I love Jesus”.

Pop loved Jesus. He worked tirelessly for Him. After he retired, he traveled with Louisiana BaptistChristmas 2007 170 men and helped construct churches and maintain Christian camps. When he could no longer travel because of my mother-in-law’s Alzheimer’s, he took care of those in his own small town in Louisiana – especially doing odd jobs for widows in his church and neighborhood.

It was easy to tell he was a hard worker. His arthritic hands were a big hint. If he hadn’t been such a hard worker, those hands might have been in worse shape. If you have arthritic hands, you know it helps if you keep them busy. He certainly did.

Pop was not rich in the eyes of the world, but I believe He was in God’s eyes. He raised his boys to love Jesus. I was blessed to marry one of them. I miss my Jesus loving, hard working Pop.… You have blessed the work of his hands… (Job 1:10).

When I think of my favorite cap, I not only think of Pop, but of the principle behind work and loving Jesus. Jesus worked tirelessly on our behalf. Rightfully so, He asked us to do the same for Him. He knows that an evidence of our love for Him is finishing the work He has for us to do. It is actually His work. He just delights in including us.

being confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you, will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ…  for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure (Philippians 1:6, 2:13). That you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God … To this end I also labor, striving according to His working which works in me mightily (Colossians 1:10, 29).

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