Work, Work, Work…

12 Oct

¡Hola! Well guys, sorry I haven’t written in a while (I guess it’s really not that long, but it feels like a long time to me). I’ve been pretty busy (why do my posts always start like this?!) with youth group stuff, choir, studying for the PSAT, and most of all, school. Is it weird that even though I’m dong school online this year, it still takes me from around 8 in the morning to around 3 in the afternoon? Sometimes later? ‘Course, that’s with hard classes, and there are some days when I’m out at like 11:30 am, but my average time is probably about 3:00…

The PSAT was easier than expected, but that doesn’t mean it was easy. Far from it. Of course, on the English stuff, I did fine. I finished before the others on the reading and writing sections. But math? Ugh. Math is…not my forte. I didn’t even finish all of the questions in my 25-minute time slot.

You know, a weird thought hit me yesterday: Our world seems to be so based on working hard, so that you can work harder, so that you can work even harder. Does this make sense to anyone? Think about it. We start out with preschool, progress to kindergarten, and then grade school. Each year you have to work a little harder. Middle school is harder than grade school. High school is infinitely harder than middle school. And to add to it, you have to do all this work to get accepted into a decent college, so that you can pay to learn more and work even harder. Then, when college is through, guess what? You get to work even harder, every day!

Am I the only one who finds this weird? Fact is, we all have to work, and work hard, almost every day of our lives.

Colossians 3:23-24 says:

“Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and that the Master you are serving is Christ.

Whoa. Think about that. While it’s true that work is hard, and stressful, we should be working hard and working willingly at the tasks people give us in this world. As though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.

But that’s the problem, isn’t it? I know that it is challenging in this life to live strictly for Him, to “work for the Lord.” In our lives, people throw things at us, the devil gives us temptations, but through it all we have to work for God. And you know, if we don’t have a willing attitude and heart when we work, how can we honestly say that we are really working for God?

I know that it’s hard to always be willing to work hard, I know that for one, I complain. A lot. But have you noticed that if you are determined to get something done, you can work harder and sometimes even enjoy yourself?

I have to add, once again, Philippians 4:13. I know, it may seem like I’m obsessed with this verse or something, but really, it is a verse that helps me through a lot of stuff, from writing an extra-challenging essay to dealing with a fight or even bigger stuff. In fact, this verse is hanging on my school bulletin board as a reminder that with Christ, I can do anything. No matter how hard that essay is 😉

I can do all things through Him who gives me strength. ~Philippians 4:13

My point, I guess, is that while things may be tough sometimes, whether it’s doing schoolwork and not letting yourself get distracted by all the other cool stuff on the internet, or whether you’re at work, or whether you’re at a school having your beliefs beat up on and feeling isolated, we have to push through. With God’s help, we can work through anything–we just have to be willing to try, and trust in Christ to get us through it.

3 Responses to “Work, Work, Work…”

  1. Miss.Adriana October 12, 2011 at 6:08 pm #

    I think that I feel like this a lot; I get tired of working, working, & working. But I have never summed it up like that before or thought about it in that way. I do love that verse though, it is one of my favorites, and I think it’s really important that we as Christians work willingly at whatever we do because then when people that are not yet believers are watching they see a difference in you and might even ask about your faith which then opens a door of opportunity’s.

    Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  2. Titus October 24, 2011 at 5:39 pm #

    Wow, this is interesting that you posted this; because, this is excatly what the Lord has been working on in my life! He has be revealing to me that I should do all things to his glory! 1 Cor. 10:31. Jesus also showed me I song “I Pledge My Head to Heaven” by Keith Green to go with the package. I find encouragment that even my gigantic load of high school home work gives him glory. Thank you for the scripture as well as the post!

    God Bless 😉

    • Titus October 24, 2011 at 5:54 pm #

      Oh, also thanks for the compliment sister

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