Work is good for the soul.
Work. A word that I tend not to like. The word "work" to me sounds like doing things that I don't want to do, doing a lot of hard work, and generally feeling joyless. I tend to lean more towards comfort and resting and procrastination over working hard.
Now, comfort and resting are not intrinsically bad, but when I into these things over working for the glory of the Lord, a real heart problem sets in.
You see, work is actually a good thing. God created work. Work was a part of the world before sin entered in. God gave Adam work.
God has also given me work. Currently, my work is being a student. After sixteen years (so weird!) of being a student, it is so easy for me to look at my school work as something that keeps me from having a joyful and abundant life. Yes, school work does take up a decent amount of my time, but it does not have to be something that I dread doing.
With only five weeks left in my last semester of college, I'm asking the Lord to help me find joy in my assignments, to be diligent and work hard for the glory of God. Even though these are my last few weeks of being a student, fruitful work will be a part of the rest of my life. The work doesn't end when I graduate; it just changes.
So the Lord is teaching me that work is good for the soul. It fills days and can bring real joy. God's still doing a lot in my heart in regards to learning the value of work and growing in discipline and diligence, but living in light of the fact that work is good is freeing.
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