No, I’m not talking about, broccolli for your birthday or something like that, but, I talk about something much, much more everyday. WORK !!!!!!
Ecclesiastes 3:12-13 I perceived that there is nothing better for them than to be joyful and to do good as long as they live; also that everyone should eat and drink and take pleasure in all his toil–this is God’s gift to man.
Ya, I wish…. If you’re in the least way like me. HUMAN. Then you probably hate work, I mean if its fun, its not work. Though some fun things are productive. So, why on earth is work a gift? Cons: It’s hard, it never is really done, it could consume you, it takes time away from more pleasureable things………….. And on into infinty, right? Pros: well, if you can’t think of any then this devo is for YOU. (I know, horrible advertising)
So, what is work good for? the first thing that probably came to your mind is the rewards. Like, c’mon we all need some cash here and there. Plus if I can make six digits a year I’ve got it made, right? NO, actually that’s not the biggest benefit. Work is a gift because it keeps you away from sin. Think of it, it kind of hard to be slothful when you’re mowing the lawn. Or to waste your time when you’re using it well. Or to look at pornography when your doing yardwork. Often we think of work being a plus because of what we can get from it, but in reality that is not the gift, the gift is that we CAN work. God has given us the ability to work. I have realized that the most depressing days of my life are the days where I did nothing but relax. While the best days of my life are the days I have gotten something done well. The gift is that we can work for satisfaction, the gift is that we can work at getting to know God, the gift is that we can work at loving others. If there is one point I want to make, this is it: God’s gift to us in this verse, is not the rewards of work, but that we CAN work for the rewards. There are many handicapped people that wish they could earn money, that wish they could do something other than be taken care of. But they can’t, and it really depresses them.
But, there is a danger, work can also consume you. If you are not carefull, then the real goal of life, glorifying god, can be blotted out by work. Never value the gift over the giver. So this week when your mom ask you to help her in the garden, ( I picked this because it’s not overused, like take out the trash), or when you are forced to rake your lawn in the middle of spring. Then, please remember, that work can help you grow up, and live a happy satisfied life. Please accept the most Awesome annoying gift in the world.
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