By: Tim Sader
Now finish the work, so that your eager willingness to do it may be matched by your completion of it, according to your means. (2 Corinthians 8:11)
Before Dan passed away and I learned that money ill-gotten has no value, I went to Vocational Rehab to find out about getting a job and working hard. After celebrating twenty-two years with friends at the club I was preparing for a month away at South Carolina Voc Rehab (SCVR) Evaluation Center. The first time I heard about VR was after high school and I didn’t know what rehabilitation to work looked like. I thought it was like rehab after surgery in the hospital where I’d be pushed to do things I couldn’t. Instead of going away I went to their local office to take tests and check out their workshop. After that I went to Tech and VR helped pay for it. I studied accounting for about a year and a half when the only public transit in our area shut down. Without a way to get there and feeling burned out I decided to take a break. I met with my VR counselor every three to six months and we talked about next step employment goals. After doing very little for a year she brought up the Eval. Center because it is designed to help disabled people find employment. Mom and I reluctantly agreed to tour the facility to see what it was like and if the care would be adequate for me. The director of the Center made a great impression on us, everyone who’d be evaluating me were nice and the nurses were confident could help me. I signed up to go that November to see what they would suggest that I do for my future. Evaluation was mentally and physically challenging. We took academic, vocational, logic, memory and personality tests. We were assessed by a doctor, psychologist occupational therapists, took assertiveness training, resume writing and interview preparation. If that wasn’t enough we were evaluated in the Muscle Development Center at the gym, in physical aquatic and recreational therapy to see if we could manage working. I was there through Thanksgiving and finished just before Christmas break.
After taking the tests I almost scored high enough for their Computer Training Center (CTC). I liked the sound of that so they told me what to study and tested me again without it being timed. I was college level in everything so I got to have an interview to get into that program. The interview went well and I was accepted into their Business Application Plus web design (BAP) class starting after New Year’s. My local VR counselor was so proud! This program had a business dress code so I needed clothes and she got it paid for by them. When I got there the living quarters were so nice I got my own room and it didn’t look like a hospital. We had a kitchen with our own cabinet and refrigerator so we could bring snacks and breakfast foods. I felt blessed to have this opportunity so I gave it all I had and my needs were taken care of so I could do good work and find a job (2 Cor. 9:7-8). I didn’t know how blessed I was until getting to know the administrators and instructors. This was a state program but they were hard working believers who lead by example, non-judgmental or preachy (1 Thes. 5:12-13). They made us want to be ambitious, taking care of our own business and hard working to gain respect and independence (1 Thes. 4:11-12). I was sincere to doing the work and going the extra mile not so I could look good but so I could gain the rewards from hard work. All we do should be this way because ultimately it is Christ whom we serve (Col. 3:22-24). I learned a lot at SCVR CTC academically and excelled in everything I could while devoting twelve hours a day to it. The greatest lesson I learned though is how to serve God in my career. He never forgets our work or the love we show to others. The diligence I saw in practice is what I hope people will see in me. We must not be lazy but should imitate the faith of those who have inherited the promises of God (Heb. 6:10-12). All the work I started there I was willing and eager to complete because I saw in myself the ability that I had to finish it.
We need to acknowledge those who work hard among us, especially those who care for our Christianity. We should honor them in love because of their work by living in peace with one another. Maybe we have been doing hard work to help others without any love or recognition for our devotion. This is unfortunate but God is not unjust, He remembers our hard work and if we are doing it to serve Him we will reap the rewards He has promised to us.
Lord we ask that honor will be given and received where honor is due. Help us to be the example in our career and social lives that we want to see in those we look up to. Help us to be ready and willing to work hard not so we can be seen as better than but because we are serving the Lord in everything that we do. May we remember that someone is evaluating the work we do so help us to be eager in our good works as it is within our means to do so. In Jesus Name, Amen.
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