Scripture: “This is the only work God wants from you: Believe in the one he has sent” (John 6:29 NLT).
I find myself offended when people pity me for having to work, gray-haired though I am. Do they expect me to spend my days watching the inane entertainment on TV? No way!
My parents both had a strong work ethic, with no tolerance for laziness. Mom took in ironing, babysat for 35 cents/hour, and raised garden produce to sell. Dad went so far as to recommend work as a cure for most ailments—“Hard work and lots of it!” There is some truth to his prescription. An hour’s exercise releases “feel-good” endorphins. Even more, the feeling of accomplishing something worthwhile always lifts our spirits.
In ancient Rome, a man named Cato observed, “The cessation of work is not accompanied by a cessation of expenses.” All too true! Expenses seem to have expanded with my age. But I like paying my bills and having extra to support Kingdom ministries. Besides, the work is good for me.
Yet completion of a do-list is not the main purpose of life. While the Bible is filled with admonishments to work faithfully, our highest priority must remain the relationship with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He alone satisfies our hearts.
Prayer: Lord, thank You for the work you have provided. May I do it well, as unto You. But through all of today’s tasks, help me keep my eyes on You. Amen.