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Master of His Craft

“Whatever you are, be a good one.”

Abraham Lincoln

Our youngest son washes dishes at an upscale restaurant in the city where he lives. The other night we took him out to dinner and I asked him, “How’s your dishwashing job going?” You could’ve heard a pin drop. “Dad, it’s not just dishwashing. I’m the executive director of cleanliness and order!”

He went on for the next five minutes about how every type of squeaky clean dish and utensil has its proper place. This way the line cooks and servers always know where to find things. “Proper dishwashing is an art,” said our son Clark, with an unmistakable passion in his voice. “You have to LIKE the dishes.”

His older brother later told me that the head chef raves about how passionately Clark approaches his craft. Apparently everyone knows better than to mess with the flow in his dish pit. “Dude, haven’t you ever played the video game Tetris?!” our son says to the “non-executive” back-up dishwasher.

Such passion for a job many consider a no-brainer is inspiring. It reminds me of Paul’s words to the Colossians:

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” — Colossians 3:23-24 (NIV)

In my Christian service, I sometimes feel like I’m stuck back in the dish pit, doing the same monotonous job over and over. I long to be an “out front” leader, like the apostle Peter, but keep finding myself in the background, like his brother, Andrew.

Does anyone even know I’m back here?

Your job (or mine) in God’s “kitchen” may not be high-profile or glamorous, but somebody’s gotta do the “dishes”. And a good dish washer is like the drummer in a band, says Clark. “As long as he plays, pretty much nobody notices. But watch what happens to the music if he stops.”

Kind reader, whatever the Lord has given you to do, please continue to serve in HIS strength with ALL your heart, mind and soul. And I will do the same.

Your Work in God’s Kingdom Matters!

“God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown Him as you have helped His people and continue to help them.” – Hebrews 6:10 (NIV)

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By davidsdailydose

I'm just a regular guy who was
tempted to lose all hope but did not. It was God who made the difference.

37 replies on “Master of His Craft”

Love the story and the comments about the drummer. In our small worship team I used to call our drummer the boss. He wasn’t the worship leader but his rhythm is what drove our music and held us all together. Great encouragement – now if you’ll excuse me I’ve got to get back to the dishes!

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Thank you for reading and commenting. I am extremely proud of Clark and his amazing work ethic. He is also learning other jobs in the kitchen, like prepping salads and desserts. Who knows, he may be running his own restaurant some day!

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David, I am so glad your son has that enthusiasm for his job. He is blessed to give the job so much value. He doesn’t look at it as an “entry-level job”, but as a position to take pride in and do the best he can. It gave me joy just to read about his joy!

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Your son sounds simply precious. It is difficult to find passionate people anymore. And I love the verses which refer to doing things unto the Lord… especially while nobody is watching, because He is. Blessings and honor, Christine

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I appreciate your kind words, Beth. Yes, I like being an “out front “ leader. Perhaps too much. That’s why God keeps me working in the back. Either way, just to be in His service ( doing what He has planned for me) is enough.

Blessings !

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How blessed your son is to love what he is doing! I had to smile at your words, “In my Christian service, I sometimes feel like I’m stuck back in the dish pit, doing the same monotonous job over and over. I long to be an “out front” leader, like the apostle Peter, but keep finding myself in the background, like his brother, Andrew.” I’m the opposite. I much prefer to be the behind the scenes person and am so grateful for those like you who want to be an “out front” leader. Though more times than I like, I’m pulled from behind the scenes and placed out front. I’ve come to the conclusion the Lord allows this for two reasons. First, because it makes me completely dependent on him to get the job done well and second because it makes me value the work other members of the body of Christ do so much more. Enjoy what remains of your Memorial Day weekend.

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I was a bit surprised by our son’s new attitude. He has worked a few other entry level jobs, but never seemed super dedicated to them. Washing dishes is clearly his “jam.”

Thank you for sharing, Rocky. God Bless you.

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This makes me think of Matthew 25:40: “Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.” All work in God’s kingdom is important work. Thanks for the reminder and another great post.

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Thanks David, for your kind comment. Yes, I am fascinated by detail, especially since I know that God is also incredibly detail-oriented, and creates each one of us uniquely, according to his perfect plan. 🤗

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Thank you, Sally. I always enjoy your posts and your comments on other’s posts. I can imagine you being thorough and meticulous about almost everything. It takes a detail oriented person to earn an advanced degree.

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I really identified with this post, David. Your son has a wonderful attitude.

I enjoy dish washing. We have no automatic dishwasher, by choice, and so I hand wash the dishes while looking out to sea through the kitchen window.

I enjoy the sound of running water, and the meditative work of slowly, and carefully handling each item.

While I am washing, I also thank God for a home, dishes, food, running water, and all my blessings. And yes, I try to be an excellent and meticulous dish washer. 🤗⚘

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Clark is 100% right! A good dishwasher/kitchen porter is essential for a working kitchen. I remember being interviewed many years ago at a hotel for this job, they were desperate to fill the post having lost their porter. There were dishes everywhere and the restaurant was barely surviving.
As Christians service is a valuable spiritual exercise, doing everything unto Him. Thank you for this valuable reminder brother.

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“Dad, it’s not just dishwashing. I’m the executive director of cleanliness and order!” What a great comment! And what an insightful young man your son is. Any employer would be lucky to have him …
But, as you highlight, there is a very important life lesson for all of us in his comment. Thank you for sharing this.

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