Ruth 2:12 “May the Lord reward you for your deeds, and may you have a full reward from the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come for refuge!”
Motive... I read this verse yesterday and have been pondering it off and on since then. When I came back to it this morning I realized that at this moment in time, this verse is speaking to me about motive. What is the motivation for the things I do each day? Do I seek to be praised or do I seek to praise God with my tasks? It became clear to me that I have actually become derailed; completely off the track lately. I do not seek praise but I have lost my motivation to do anything in praise either. When I look at what I have on my list of “to do” I do not know where to begin and I become derailed. If I keep this verse in my heart, I know my motivation and ability will return and I will be able to serve in praise to the Lord. These times of derailment happen to me on occasion and it is frustrating for everyone in my home, I am sure. I know I am not alone in spinning my wheels only to find that I am not even on the track. It is time for me to seek refuge in the Lord, be placed gently back on track and then move forward again, one chug-a- chug-a at a time, in service to the Lord.
Renew my servant heart. You know it has been broken and needs repair. I long to serve you and somehow I lost the drive to do my tasks in honor to you. As I clean my house, teach my children and cook meals, let all those things and more be in service to you. When I do this, I know I receive all the reward I could ever desire. You are a gracious and loving God; help me praise you in my service. Amen.