Written by Robert Breault: Robert is a full-time staff member serving anyone who’s hungry in the Food Service Department. He is married to Shirley Holmes-Breault who volunteers at the Colony of Mercy at the intake office. Robert and Shirley love the beach, Schroon Lake and their 3 Children and 2 Grandchildren.
Let’s Get to Work
Posted on December 6, 2022 by Elizabeth Welte in Freedom Fighters
One of the privileges that I’ve enjoyed while working at America’s Keswick is getting the opportunity to speak at the Colony Chapel on Sunday nights. It’s an honor that I do not take for granted. I pray that my messages will be taken to heart by all that attend. While I sat in the back row while worship was in session, I had a great sense of joy come over me as the men leading worship, Craig MacReynolds and James Serpico, had both come full-circle through the Colony of Mercy program, discipleship, and internship, and are now serving as full-time staff members which carry many responsibilities. They’ve put in the work!
There is much expected from the men entering the Colony. Most do the work required, in their Biblical studies and assigned work departments. But some, well, that’s an entirely different story – Some of the men think it’s below them to fold towels, rake pine needles, or wash pots and dishes. Proverbs 14:23 says, “There is a profit in all hard work, but endless talk leads only to poverty.”
I am a firm believer that the work the men and women do during their time at the Colony of Mercy or Barbara’s Place, they will take with them when they leave. I have experienced first-hand when I hear men complaining when they can’t find a job! I have suggested pumping gas at Wawa, working at a grocery store, or doing some other kind of manual labor.
From day one, God has called upon us to work. Adam was in charge of The Garden of Eden and his sons Abel tended the livestock and Cain the produce, Noah built a boat, and Nehemiah built a wall, and even Jesus was a carpenter before He was called to save us all.
1 Corinthians 3:13 says, “Each one’s work will become obvious, for the day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire, the fire will test the quality of each one’s work.” A man in the Colony recently asked me if we would hire him. I said “Yes, I would.” Then he said, “Why have you written that I’m not a good worker?” I told him I would hire him, but if he continued working like that, I would fire him. He wasn’t too happy with me!
We all need to work we all need to work for the glory of God. It doesn’t matter what kind of work you do in life, always do it to the best of your ability and be a “cheerful giver” about it. A sign hung on the wall at my last workplace before Keswick that read, “Character is what you do when no one is looking.” Guess what? God’s looking 24-7. Now, let’s get to work.
This Week’s Verse to Memorize: “It is like the precious oil upon the head, Running down on the beard, The beard of Aaron,
Running down on the edge of his garments.” Psalm 133:2