“By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work.” – Genesis 2:2 NIV
We live in a performance driven society. Work is measured by the number of tasks we complete each day and the amount of time and resources we pour into them. As believers, we must remember that our work must be fruitful and not busy. Our ability to work comes from God’s grace, not grit.
A few months ago I was frustrated. By all of society’s standards, I was not being productive while working. I would write jam-packed daily to-do lists and only accomplish one or two items. Every day felt like a failure. I prayed about how I felt and in the following days, God revealed to me three principles about work. They were so eye opening that I had to share them with you.
When we work, we must:
1. Be reasonable.
God led me to look at one of my to-do lists and write down the amount of time each task would take. I then added those times to together. It was more than ten hours! It was unrealistic for me to complete each task even if I worked without breaks. I needed to be reasonable and focus on a few tasks a day.
2. Work at a steady pace.
God also showed me the importance of pacing myself. I could no longer grow anxious from the pressure to finish everything. I learned how to work in God’s perfect peace even if it meant completing just 1 or 2 items on my to-do list. What matters is the effectiveness of my work.
3. Be grateful!
God challenged me to change my mindset. He made me realize that even my most unproductive days were successes. Some people are not fortunate to see another day of life. Some are, but don’t have the ability to work. Every attempt to complete work is a blessing and should be accepted with a grateful heart.
I’d love to hear from you. What challenges do you face while working? What principle of work is God trying to show you? Comment below!
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