Pondering a Good Work



Every since the Garden of Eden, God has so arranged the world that work is necessary. He faithfully gives us hands and strength to do it.

Just think about it: the enjoyment of leisure would be nothing if we had only leisure.

Work is actually a blessing. 

But the blessing doesn't come with just any work.
  
The blessing comes in work well done.

Ho-hum, half-hearted work doesn't cut it. Pesky twinges of guilt surface if I realize my work isn't up to par. I have not only disappointed myself, but have failed to live up to the full potential God intended.

Nothing dampens the joy over completing a task quite like guilt. 

Nehemiah shared these wise words about work as he raised up people to rebuild the wall around Jerusalem:

"Then I told them of the hand of my God which was good upon me… And they said, Let us rise up and build. So they strengthened their hands for this good work.”Nehemiah 2:18

Good work reflects God. He strengthens our hands to accomplish it. Pondering that truth changes my perspective and generates a necessary attitude adjustment. It causes me to pay attention to the steps along the way instead of neglecting them in favor of the end result.

Work is a blessing. It gives meaning to rest.

So today, I'm praying that God helps me remember that He strengthens my hands for His good work.

What work are you doing today or this week that could use this fresh perspective?
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6 comments:

  1. I'm working on a speech for a ladies' luncheon on Saturday. Fun work--but I'm feeling a little under the weather today. Looking forward to rest when this work is done!

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    1. Now I know exactly how to pray for you, Sharla. God has called to such wonderful work for Him. It's a joy to gird it with prayer!

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  2. Donna How fitting that you should do a post on work!!
    We are helping to make a house livable for our son and his new wife when they marry in June and it requires much work. His fiancees parents are here as often as an 8 hr trip will allow and we are all putting our love into this building each has different talents and though this will be more of a temporary dwelling to become a hunting lodge some day it has been a big work in progress. It has allowed us to get to know each other better than most parents ever would. There have been many memories and much laughter and many good talks around the supper table each night. Yes, the work has been hard and taxing but it has allowed us to blend together as two distinct families. It would have been nice to not have had so much hard work but the lessons learned in this process have been priceless.
    I truly feel that Heaven will not so much be a place of quiet rest but a busy state in which our talents will be used in greater service to our Lord. I find when I am working on a devotion or Bible study and I am listening to some of my favorite tunes (Christian) I have such a peace and inner joy and I think that will be what will encompass eternity. Our works of service there, though, will be perfect not flawed and leaving us guilt ridden because it does not meet a certain standard that either we have or someone else has for the work.. .When we are working in harmony with God's will for us things just go so much smoother and there is a real sense of peace and happiness.
    Thanks Donna for reminding me as we have just gotten through several days of hard work!!

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    1. You are in a very busy season of life, my Friend! But I love your relationship-building perspective with the other parents and your soon-to-be new daughter-in-love. You'll be in my prayers to finish well and enjoy the restful leisure following your labors of love. Blessings!

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  3. Enjoyed this post Donna. I try to remind myself daily...though I am ashamed to say I fail at times...that whatever I do to do it for the glory of the Lord. Work in any form whether physical or mental and even spiritual can be draining...but I also know when I have done my best at the end of the day when I can reflect on my day and know...all is well with my soul! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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    1. That's a GREAT litmus test, Cindy. When we reflect at the end of the day and know that we truly did good work for the Lord. YES!

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