Talking about ‘WORK’ today with Rick. He mentioned to me that he was sorry that life was so much work for me. I love doing the work, because I love him. I don’t think of ‘work’ as a bad thing. Yes it can make you tired, usually does. Work if profitable, supplies and fulfills a need. Yes, sometimes work is like ‘hauling water to a desert’ and can be frustrating. In fact I’m writing this blog to avoid some work. I’ve already done 2 loads of laundry, cut Rick’s hair, vacuumed, fixed breakfast, prepared two portions of 3 different soups for the next 3 days, washed dishes, watered the tomato, spinach and lettuce starts, pulled a few weeds, all before 10 am. I am contemplating a ton of other things, including cleaning the newly laid vinyl planking in the dining/kitchen area. It’s got glue all over it. So it’s work.
My dad taught me a lot about work, good Dutchman that he was. “Don’t quit one job until you have another.” “If you don’t work, you don’t eat or make your car payment”, “If it needs doing, do it.” and the biggy… “It won’t kill you!” Mom made sure we knew ‘how to work’, organized and methodical and definitely hardworking. They prepared us well for being independent. They were good parents, hard-working, honest, hospitable and they trained us up in the way we should go…Proverbs 22:6. They trained us to be godly responsible people. I am grateful!
Work is good for what ails us. Work can keep us from clobbering someone in anger. (take the garbage out or go for a drive-Dad did this regularly) Work won’t give you the time or the energy to ‘protest’. Work will give you a sense of self-worth. Work can stimulate your mind and exercise your body for a fruitful purpose.
I like Mike Rowe and his ‘Dirty Jobs’ show, it is a perfect example of the value of work and someone has to do it. Whether the work is physical or mental, it stimulates the person to be a better human being if the attitude and focus are purposeful. The first thing God did after creating Adam…was give him a mental job. “Name every living thing.” That’s a tall order and I’m sure it took a very long time. After they ate the forbidden fruit, well then we get a different kind of work, hard labor for what came easy before.
1 Thessalonians 4:9 Now as to the love of the brethren, you have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves are taught by God to love one another; 10 for indeed you do practice it toward all the brethren who are in all Macedonia. But we urge you, brethren, to EXCEL STILL MORE, 11 and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands, just as we commanded you, 12 so that you will behave properly toward outsiders and not be in any need.