Canyon Man (see May 21st post) has turned into Paint Man -- and he's not thrilled about the new persona. You see, Don hates to paint. But since he knows he needs to take advantage of the
break between summer school and fall semester, he's doing what needs to be done.
To make the task a little more bearable, he split it up. Last summer he did the trim work so this summer the rest of the task awaited him. I'm not sure why he dislikes painting so much. I think maybe it just bores him. The other day he told me, "I hate to paint. A slug can paint." Maybe he thinks a guy like him -- a Canyon Man -- shouldn't have to trade in his pack and hiking boots for a can of paint :)
Yesterday as he started his fourth day of painting, his complaints got a little more dramatic. "I feel like I'm in prison... I ought to be wearing black and white..." he grumbled. Sticking with the prison analogy, later in the day he told me he was a "lifer". Said he'd probably be painting in heaven one day -- painting the pearly gates. Of course, I've been responding with "good griefs" to most of his silliness, but with this last one, I told him if he ends up painting in heaven, somehow he will like it there :)
We all have certain things we don't like to do, don't we? Sometimes it's just a routine task we grow weary of doing all the time, but other times it's an out of the ordinary thing -- like Don's painting. It might not even be work related. It might just be attending a social function or an event of some sort. And how about those dreaded dentist and doctor appointments? I don't know if anyone likes those.
People in Bible times also had to do tasks they didn't want to do. Slavery was a fact of life then, and the apostle Paul actually addressed some of his exhortations in Colossians to slaves -- a group of people who must have been continually faced with this problem. Paul told them "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men." (Col. 3:23). Excellent advice for anyone, isn't it?
So here's the challenge to us all. Next time we dread doing something -- and it can be something as simple as grocery shopping or as difficult as being kind to an enemy -- let's remember Paul's words and decide to do it as if we're doing it for the Lord. Puts a whole new spin on it, doesn't it? It might even transform Don's painting from prison to pleasure :) Anything need a new spin in your life?