31 Days of Loving Well: Refine


(transitive verb)
1 :to free (something, such as metal, sugar, or oil) from impurities or unwanted material
2 :to free from moral imperfection :elevate
3 :to improve or perfect by pruning or polishing
4 :to reduce in vigor or intensity
5 :to free from what is coarse, vulgar, or uncouth

1 “Surely there is a mine for silver,
And a place where they refine gold.
“Iron is taken out of the earth,
And copper is smelted from the stone ore.
Man puts an end to darkness [by bringing in a light],
And to the farthest bounds he searches out
The rock buried in gloom and deep shadow.”
(Job 28:1-3, AMP)

As I continue to reflect on what it means to love my work well, I feel the need to acknowledge that I am not speaking of loving my work the way in which I love God or a person. Also, I acknowledge that if I am not careful, I can elevate work or anything to the place where only God must be. That being said, I recognize that I can have deep appreciation for my work and the opportunities it can provide to develop and refine my skills. In addition, I can deeply appreciate how God can and has used work to refine me. In my work He has exposed pride and my deep need of Him. He is also teaching me patience. Thanks be to God for the gift of work.

Today’s post was written for Day 30 of the 31 Days of Loving Well series. The prompt is, “Refine.” The definitions of “Refine” are from merriam-webster.com. To read other posts in the 31 Days of Loving Well series, please click here.

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