Do It Heartily

An excerpt from The Teacher's Heart 

By Dr. Roy W. Lowrie, Jr. (1984)

It was about 6:40 A.M. A choice group of young men and I were studying Colossians 3. We were serving God together at a summer camp. Reveille had not sounded yet so our 175 boys were not up. It was quiet in the old grist mill where we sat on benches arranged in a rectangle. A counselor had read the chapter aloud and now we were going around the group making comments on the chapter as the Lord led.

One of the counselors read Colossians 3:23, “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men.” Then he said, “You know, I think this verse means that if we work harder when someone is watching us, then we don’t really understand what is to do everything heartily as to the Lord and not unto man.” His comment that morning has stayed in my heart. He was speaking wisely.

We Christian school teachers are responsive and respectful to those who are in authority over us, but we realize that we do everything as to the Lord. That concept has a freeing impact upon us and raises all that we do in school to the highest level. We serve with singleness of heart and want to teach well for His Name’s sake.

Usually we are on our own as far as human supervision goes, probably too much so. The fact that no administrator is watching us should be immaterial to the quality of our work, for we are always before the Lord. The conscientious approach that we have in educating our students is rooted in our desire to serve the Lord well. We welcome supervisors, but do not need them to make us work harder. We want them to show us how to be more effective.

Last updated by Lisa Lanpher Jun 10, 2015.

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