Over the course of our lives, we’ll probably spend a lot of time working. Whether it’s studying, a paid job, or volunteering, God wants us to enjoy it. The Bible says: ‘To enjoy your work and accept your lot in life – this is indeed a gift from God.’ The idea of working doesn’t always fill us with joy. Sometimes we struggle to get out of bed and get started on our work with a positive attitude. But we need to try to realise that God has a purpose for us where we are and in our work. When we understand that, we can begin to rejoice in our work rather than resent it, and believe that God has a plan for our future. God may have plans for us to have a different job in the future, but whatever work we’re doing right now, we need to try and glorify God in it. The Bible says: ‘Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters’ (Colossians 3:23 NIV). Sometimes we can struggle with our work because it seems like other people overlook or undervalue us. David’s family didn’t think he was qualified to be Israel’s next king, but God had a different opinion. He also had the last word. The Bible says: ‘It is God alone who judges; he decides who will rise and who will fall’ (Psalm 75:7 NLT). We need to be faithful and work hard where God has placed us. We need to see what God wants us to learn through our work, and discover how we can find joy in it, even when it seems like a struggle. When the time is right, He’ll bless us.
Whatever work you have to do today, before you start, write down five positive things about it to help you feel more joyful about it.
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