Every day we go to work and strive for something better, life’s treasures. We work to pay bills. We work to support loved ones. We work to save money. We work to pay mortgages or rent; pay car notes, purchase big and small ticket items; life luxuries, etc.
We work for so many different reasons. Whether we want to go to work or not, we get up and we go to work and we do it every day over and over again. Some of us do it for years and years to retirement.
During all this time we never stop to reflect what exactly is ‘work’ and how we should feel about work. Sometimes we like it, most of the times we don’t. But have we ever examined what we have been doing for years and how work affects us?
The Dictionary says, “Work is an activity involving mental or physical effort done in order to achieve a purpose or result.” Have we ever really zoned into our purpose of working and the results it yield? “There is benefit in every kind of hard work”, mentioned at Proverbs 14:23.
We receive benefits from the hard work of God’s hands. -ref. Psalm 19:1. Work not only fulfills our basic needs of clothing and hunger, it also feeds into our talents, skills and helps us to gain knowledge. Work gives good physical health and wellbeing. Working helps us to manage stress levels and supports good mental health.
I actually enjoy working; feeling a sense of accomplishment as I improve a situation. That situation can involve me or someone/something else. The gratification of feeling anew, fresh, exalted to spiritual growth; helping others reach their goals with minimal setbacks. I agree with author Katherine Mansfield, “To work—to work! It is such infinite delight to know that we still have the best things to do.” There is always better things ahead to accomplish and enjoyment to be had from hard work. Hard work is a gift of God. -ref. Ecclesiastes 3:13.
Work for me is bigger than driving into a 9-5. Work keeps my senses sharp and leads me to want to achieve more. Each achievement brings a personal drive that is unmatched. Dr. Ash Nadkarni states, “Whenever a person gains a sense of autonomy, it significantly reduces feelings of helplessness.” Being self-sufficient aides in life’s development, the sky is the limit. Progressing to the next level introduces so many opportunities. Ecclesiastes 3:22 offers words of wisdom, “There is nothing better than for a man to find enjoyment in his work, because that is his reward.” When we work hard at anything we definitely enjoy the labor of our work.
Instead of going to physical work for the pay to sponsor life’s treasures, let’s go to spiritual work for the blessings. “Whatever you are doing, work at it whole-souled as for Jehovah, and not for men” – Colossians 3:23.
“Be ready for every good work.” -Titus 3:1