Wednesday, October 12, 2011

What's this doing here?

Today I'm announcing the winners of Jody Hedlund's book, The Doctor's Lady. I'll get to that in just a minute... (that's a teaser!)

You may have wondered what a book contest for Christian fiction is doing on a blog about Christian service. I'm glad you asked. To answer that I'd like to share two scriptures with you.

First, Colossians 3:23-24
"Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart,
as working for the Lord, not for men...It is 
the Lord Christ you are serving."

Simple enough, right? Whatever our calling, hobby,or profession we are to do it with excellence as if we are doing it directly for God, because we are. When we lose sight of that, we've lost sight of everything. Whether we are a writer, a landscape architect, a teacher, a stay-at-home Mom, a doctor, a business owner...whatever we do we are called to honor and glorify God through it. 

That brings me to my next scripture: Hebrews 3:13
"Encourage one another daily, as long as it is called
Today, so that none of you may be hardened
by sin's deceitfulness."

My Sunday School teacher likes to say that while we may not all share the same passion for a particular area of service, we are still called to support and help one another where we can. (Loosely translated, David). He's right, and while this particular scripture is about encouraging one another in the faith, it is a great reminder that we all need encouragement and support in our daily calling, whatever that may be. 

So, in a nutshell, that's what this contest was all about, and why you find it here on a blog about Christian service, because sometimes our Christian service is supporting and encouraging others as they carry out their service. 

Look for an opportunity today to do that. And if someone has supported you recently, take the time to thank them today. 

The winners of a copy of The Doctor's Lady are:

Joy Libby and Caroline Flory

Congratulations, ladies!

As promised, a third winner will receive a copy of Jody's first book, The Preacher's Bride. Congratulations to Carol Wright

Thank you to everyone who posted a comment during the contest, and thank you Jody for what you do and for sharing your beautiful gift with us. 

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